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  • 18 October 2021 

    Charity Fraud Awareness Week 2021

    Charity Fraud Awareness Week is a campaign run by a partnership of charities, regulators, law enforcers, representative and umbrella bodies, and other not-for-profit stakeholders.
  • 22 September 2021 

    Cross-border compassion and collaboration will increase

    Millions have been donated by people across the globe to help communities impacted by regional disasters and Covid-19. Cross-border compassion and collaboration driven by individual supporters have reached unprecedented levels. But civil society needs a strong and reliable framework to help facilitating it.
  • 20 September 2021 

    Creating resilient charities – what have we learnt and what should happen next

    There is no debate about the extent to which the pandemic has impacted on the charity sector. Charities have had to try to remain strong through some extraordinarily difficult challenges. We analyse what we have learnt and what should happen next
  • 14 September 2021 

    Why charities and funders should invest in resilience

    These days the idea of resilience is being mentioned more frequently - resilience of individuals to cope with pressure, resilience of systems to absorb shocks, and resilience of local communities to deal with external pressures. The pandemic exposed many charities to additional pressures and led to another increase in demand for services. Not only did the pandemic challenge resilience but it raised its importance and place it at the forefront of many charity leaders' minds.
  • 15 June 2021 

    Celebrating excellence with a night at the Charity Awards 2021

    For over 20 years, the Charity Awards, hosted by Civil Society Media, have recognised excellence among charities, regardless of their size, location or cause. This year was no different, albeit virtually. 
  • 15 June 2021 

    Helpful tools and resources for smaller charities

    Read Neil Poyton's, our Head of Charities, latest article that includes free advice and resources that could be useful to you, if you’re running or governing a smaller charity.
  • 8 December 2020 

    Charities have embraced digital during this crisis

    CAF recently issued the fifth edition of our Charity Landscape report, which captures the views of charity leaders about the key challenges they face. While Covid-19 has dominated this year, one issue that we have tracked for several years has seen a notable change, namely technology and digital transformation.
  • 5 June 2020 

    Demand is up, whilst income is down – how are charities adapting?

    We are seeing charities find alternative ways of delivering their services or teaming up with other charities, businesses and civic partners.
  • 4 June 2020 

    Six characteristics of a resilient charity

    In reality, whether a charity is resilient can only be known when a they face difficult events or changing times. Just like those we're living through at the moment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    So what does a resilient charity look like? Beth Clarke shares six characteristics of a resilient charity and why they matter.
  • 15 May 2020 

    We’ve started to see some changes in giving behaviour during Covid-19

    Charitable giving in the UK has shifted dramatically towards support for ‘hospitals and hospices’ in the weeks since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Is this shift affecting other causes people give to, at least in the short term?
  • 4 May 2020 

    Why aren't charities more resilient?

    It’s very difficult to measure in advance whether a charity is resilient. The only way to know for sure is when they are put to the test. Not many of us would have thought a global health pandemic would be the test. 

    In this blog, Beth Clarke looks at how to help charities become more resilient.

  • 1 May 2020 

    Over a month into lockdown, has people’s outlook to giving shifted?

    Susan Pinkney, Head of Research, looks at what the polls are telling us.
  • 24 April 2020 

    There are a number of schemes available for charities, but are they likely to be used?

    As many charities struggle in the pandemic, we surveyed over 400 UK charities and asked if they will be using any of the Government schemes. Read insight on the results from Susan Pinkney, CAF's Head of Research
  • 15 April 2020 

    Funding for charities - is it enough?

    CAF’s Head of Research, Susan Pinkney, examines aid for charities and asks if  COVID-19 donations will draw funds away from other good causes.
  • 6 April 2020 

    What are people thinking during Covid-19 in terms of giving?

    How are charities and the act of giving being viewed during the coronavirus pandemic? With much of the world in lockdown, and many of the year’s biggest charity events and fundraisers cancelled or postponed, CAF has gauged how the public is responding.

  • 31 March 2020 

    What is our insight telling us?

    Our Head of Research, Susan Pinkney, will be providing updates to support the charities that CAF serves throughout the pandemic. These updates will include CAF’s own research but also horizon scanning and summaries of some of the work being done by some bigger research agencies.
  • 23 March 2020 

    COVID-19 update: A message from CAF Bank's CEO

    Alison Taylor, CEO of CAF Bank, provides an update on the Bank's priorities during the coronavirus outbreak, to protect staff, maintain services to customers and make guidance and support available for the charity sector.
  • 20 November 2019 

    Promoting your charity: How to catch the eye of your local media

    Getting your charity’s great work into your local newspaper or on a website, radio or television station can be a great boost, but where do you even start to grab their attention?

    In this blog, our content writer Eva lists a few tips to help you spread the word about all you do.

  • 23 October 2019 

    Three ways to get your fundraising campaigns noticed this season

    The end of the year is a busy time for everyone, which makes it difficult to get fundraising campaigns noticed. In this blog we share how you can cut through the noise this season.
  • 30 September 2019 

    Why email is a timeless tool for charities

    Isn't email dead already? Not by a long shot. Senior Marketing Executive, Yasmin Islam, looks at why email still works, and how to harness its power to achieve your charity goals. 
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