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  • 2 July 2022 

    What do the UK Giving Report findings mean for charity fundraising?

    What can the report’s findings tell us about current donor behaviour – and how can charities use the data to inform their fundraising activities?

  • 24 June 2022 

    Out of adversity comes opportunity

    Covid-19 has had a profound impact on charities, bringing with it mainly negative but also some positive consequences. In this guest authored blog we outline key areas of consideration for charities seeking to build opportunity from adversity.

     
  • 20 June 2022 

    How can small charities navigate the economic landscape?

    At the Charities Aid Foundation, we seek to support small charities with the invaluable work they do. Yet as we head into this year’s Small Charity Week, it seems far from plain sailing.
  • 8 June 2022 

    How charities can think about sustainable investing

    Terms like ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) have become part of the established lexicon in the corporate world and yet only relatively recently have they been mentioned in the charity sector. Here, Alison Taylor, CEO of CAF Bank and Charity Services, explores a shift to sustainable investing and introduces the IFSL CAF ESG Fund Range. 
  • 28 January 2022 

    Trends that could impact the charity landscape in 2022

    As we look forward to a year of cautious recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, what can we expect for charities in 2022 and the environment in which they operate?
  • 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.

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