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  • 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. 
  • 28 August 2019 

    The Charity Investment Hub

    CAF has been a pioneer in developing investment solutions, exclusively for charities, for over 30 years.

    We have been fortunate to meet, work with and learn from charities of all sizes across the UK, as we assist them in building their income, securing their investments and growing their impact.

  • 27 August 2019 

    Should trustees play a role in fundraising?

    Fundraising can seem like a daunting topic to trustees. Heather McLoughlin looks at three ways that trustees can support the fundraising efforts of their charity.
  • 10 July 2019 

    Sources of funding every charity should consider

    Shrinking budgets, political change and a turbulent economy are putting extra financial pressure on charities. Our Head of Charities, Neil Poynton, looks at some innovative ways every charity should consider to diversify their funding sources.
  • 4 July 2019 

    Three reasons to get involved in Giving Tuesday 2019

    Giving Tuesday 2019 has been launched. Charities Marketing Manager, Ben May, explains why every charity in the UK should get involved in the campaign.
  • 17 June 2019 

    Turning adversity to advantage - take aways from the Scottish Charity Awards

    We were pleased to celebrate fantastic charities at the Scottish Charity Awards. Here are some reflections from Stuart Niven on this year's winners.
  • 10 June 2019 

    How your charity can punch above its weight on Instagram

    Small Charity Week, organised by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), takes place 17-22 June. Plus that week the Small Charities Coalition (SCC) launch their Big Support Small campaign to encourage charities of different sizes to work together.

    With these campaigns in mind our social media manager Hannah Iqbal shares advice on how small charities can get up and running on Instagram. 
  • 22 May 2019 

    4 ways to keep your donors engaged during economically uncertain times

    In this climate, what concerns are donors facing and how are they reacting to the uncertainty? Moreover, has giving shifted in response to these changes? Lead Advisory Manager, James Moon and Private Client Manager, Frank Page investigate.

  • 2 April 2019 

    Five crucial lessons for trustees

    Beth Clarke is our CAF Resilience Programme Manager. She’s also a trustee of charity that is currently closing down. Read her honest account about this experience and the lessons that she has for other charity trustees and boards.

  • 7 March 2019 

    Small charities: a guide to attracting corporate partners

    An effective way for charities to grow their income is to partner with a corporate organisation. And there are several things that small charities can do to become more competitive on this front. James Moon in our Advisory team shares a few tips to help smaller charities punch above their weight.

  • 5 March 2019 

    10 tips to encourage storytelling in your charity

    Whether its about how you began, or sharing how you're making a difference, every charity has a story. We've put together ten practical tips you can use to tell yours. 
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