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Giving Thought

THE THINK TANK FOR DOING GOOD

Understanding and reimagining civil society and how we support it.

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF CIVIL SOCIETY

Giving Thought is our think tank. It’s where we consider the key challenges facing civil society globally, explore how and why people give and companies give, and test radical new ideas that could shape the future of charity.

We provide insight and stimulate debate that leads to changes in policy and practice which foster healthier civil society around the world. We explore trends in giving and how developments in society and technology will open up new opportunities for doing good.

Latest Giving Thought podcasts

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Why civil society matters

How do we strengthen the vital role of civil society within democracy?

Our content for civil society

How giving works

We explore what makes giving tick by looking at the available evidence.

Our content for how giving works

Creating a future of doing good

New social trends and developments in technology will transform the ways in which we help others.

Our content for the future of good

Why giving matters

Is giving more important than ever in today’s world?

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Latest comment from Giving Thought

  • 4 August 2020 

    What's next for European Philanthropy?

    Summary and reflections on the points made by the speakers during a recent event by EFC, Dafne and the European Policy Centre, on how European policymakers and philanthropy can strengthen collaboration in the light of the COVID-19 crisis.

  • 25 June 2020 

    Philanthropy and the Sins of the Past : Statues, Slavery & Tainted Donations

    Recent controversies over statues with links to the UK's history of colonialism and slavery have led to a renewed focus on how we face up to problematic elements of the past. What does this mean for philanthropy?

  • 12 June 2020 

    Black Lives Matter - CAF Statement

    Read our statement, published today by Michael Mapstone, Executive sponsor of CAF’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Talks from Giving Thought

Brazilian Philanthropy Forum 2018

Rhodri Davies discusses the choice for philanthropists is no longer whether to engage with technology, but how they do so.

NAVCA's 2018 Forging Community Conference

Rhodri Davies in the Revolutionaries Roundtable, speaking about the impact of emerging dispruptive technologies on charity.

CAF at Tech:UK Blockchain for Good Event May 2018

Rhodri Davies talks about the speed of technological change and how tech will benefit, and challenge, charity.

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Publications by GIVING THOUGHT

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From the margins to the mainstream

In this paper we explore what a range of historical examples can tell us about the complex relationship between philanthropic funders and movements that have sought to further diversity, equity and inclusion.
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Machine-Made Goods: Charities, Philanthropy and Artificial Intelligence

This report discusses the profound implications Artificial Intelligence will for civil society and the work of charities.
This report discusses the profound...
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CAF submission to House of Lords call for evidence on AI

This is CAF's submission to a call for evidence from the House of Lords Select committe on Artifical Intelligence (AI). We outline the work we have done in this area and how we think this technology will affect charities and donors.
This is CAF's submission to a call for...
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Giving a Sense of Place: Philanthropy and the future of UK civic identity

In this report - part of the "Giving for the City" project - we look at the the role that philanthropy can play in towns and cities around the UK, and what needs to be done to build a new golden age of civic philanthropy in this country.
In this report - part of the "Giving for the...

Meet the Giving Thought team

Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy

Rhodri leads Giving Thought, our in-house think tank focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri has spent nearly a decade specialising in public policy around philanthropy and the work of charities, and has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics. He has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.   Read more about Rhodri

E:
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Daniel Ferrell-Schweppenstedde

Daniel Ferrell-Schweppenstedde

Policy Manager

Daniel's focus includes challenging the closing space for civil society, enabling positive environments for charities and the global development goals. Previously Daniel worked at the Directory of Social Change and RAND Europe. Daniel has experience of international development in Cambodia and working with the Mercator Foundation. Daniel is originally from Germany and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance and a BA/BSc in Public Administration from the University of Twente and Munster.  

T: +44 3000 123 206
E: campaigns@cafonline.org
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Cleodie Rickard

Cleodie Rickard

Policy and Public Affairs Executive

Cleodie supports the team across policy, public affairs and campaigns. She previously worked on developing institutional partnerships for Save the Children UK, with a focus on Middle Eastern institutions and multilateral development banks. This followed an internship centred around Muslim Giving and philanthropy in the Gulf region. Cleodie graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2018 with a first class degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies; she spent her year abroad living and studying in the West Bank, Palestine, where she volunteered for two East Jerusalem NGOs.

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campaigns@cafonline.org

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