Giving Thought

THE THINK TANK FOR DOING GOOD

Understanding and reimagining civil society and how we support it.

GIVING THOUGHT

Giving Thought is CAF’s think tank. It’s where we consider the key challenges facing civil society globally, explore how and why people 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. Our work is divided into four key themes:
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Giving Matters

Philanthropy, Politics of giving, History of giving, Philosophy of giving, Inequality, Democracy

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Civil Society Matters

Independence, Trust, Campaigning, Advocacy, Rights, Governance,

Why does civil society matter?
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The Future Of Doing Good

PhilTech, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Internet of Things, Social Media, Virtual Reality, Social Investment

What is the future of doing good?
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How Giving Works

Public policy, Legislation, Regulation, Tax, Giving trends, Data, World Giving Index, Philanthropy infrastructure, Science of giving, Effective giving

Find out How Giving Works

OUR LATEST BLOGS and podcasts

  • 26 June 2018

    Ben Soskis: Learning from the history of philanthropy

    In episode 28 of the Giving Thought podcast, Rhod is joined by Ben Soskis, a Fellow at the Urban Institute and editor of HistPhil.org, for a wide-ranging (and quite long!) chat about the history of philanthropy and what it can teach us about the big challenges facing charities and donors today.
  • 12 June 2018

    An interview with Rachel Rank: Open Data, grantmaking and philanthropy

    In episode 27 of the Giving Thought podcast Rhod chats to Rachel Rank, CEO of 360 Giving (www.threesixtygiving.org) - an initiative promoting and supporting an Open Data approach among UK grantmakers.
  • 22 May 2018

    What does Theresa May’s speech on artificial intelligence in the NHS mean for charities?

    It’s clear from the Prime Minister’s speech that she expects charities to play a crucial role in achieving the Government’s target of reducing cancer deaths by 10%. Fortunately, medical charities have already built up a head of steam, acting as early adopters of exciting technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.
  • 27 April 2018

    Where are Charities in the Great AI Debate?

    In this blog for the World Economic Forum, CAF's Head of Policy Rhodri Davies argues that civil society organisation need to engage with the debate over the future development of AI, and that governments and the tech industry need to make eforts to engage civil society to ensure that a broad range of views are heard.
  • 26 April 2018

    A quick take on the Civil Society Futures first year report

    The independent inquiry into Civil Society Futures has just released a report detailing the findings from their first year of research and engagement. What does this tell us about the challenges facing civil society, and the actions we need to take?

OUR LATEST VIDEOS AND PODCASTS

Public Good by Private Means Book Launch

CAF’s CEO, Dr John Low CBE, introduces Rhodri Davies at the launch of his book, Public Good by Private Means

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The Giving Thought podcast

A bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society

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Giving unchained

Could blockchain technology revolutionise charitable giving?

We speak to Rhodri Davies

LATEST GIVING THOUGHT PUBLICATIONS

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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...
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Chain Links - The role of mayors in building a culture of philanthropy

In this discussion paper - as part of the "Giving for the City" project- we look at the role that mayors can play in building a culture of civic philanthropy in our towns and cities.
In this discussion paper - as part of the...
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Blockchain, DAOs and the decentralised future of charity

In 'Losing the Middle, Keeping the Heart' we explore the ways in which the decentralising effects of blockchain technology could transform philanthropy and the structure of charitable organisations.
In 'Losing the Middle, Keeping the Heart' we...

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CAF team member Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy

Rhodri leads Giving Thought, CAF’s in-house think tank focussing 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.

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givingthought@cafonline.org
 

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