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

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

The Giving Thought Podcast

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

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Brave New World 2017

What are the challenges and opportunities facing philanthropy in 2017 and beyond?

We speak to Rhodri Davies

GIVING THOUGHT PUBLICATIONS

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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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Using blockchain technology to create and regulate civil society organisations

In 'Block and Tackle' we ask whether blockchain technology could be used to create charities and other civil society organisations. This could transform how charities operate and the ways in which they are regulated
In 'Block and Tackle' we ask whether...
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Do As I Say, Not As I Do: UK policy and the global closing space for civil society

In this report we explore recent policy developments affecting advocacy by civil society organisations in the UK, and the effect these may have on the UK's soft power.
In this report we explore recent policy...
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Giving Unchained: Philanthropy and the blockchain

The blockchain is the technology that makes Bitcoin possible, and experts now believe it has far wider applications in all sorts of areas. In this paper we explore some of the ways in which blockchain tech could transform giving.
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Giving a Bit(coin): Cryptocurrency and philanthropy

In this paper we look at some of the unique features of new 'cryptocurrencies' such as Bitcoin, and how they could bring benefits for philanthropy and the work of charities.
In this paper we look at some of the unique...
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Return Policy - What the next decade means for social investment

The report outlines the issues facing both the supply and demand sides of the market, and some of the challenges these present to policymakers and practitioners.
The report outlines the issues facing both...
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Why the UK should not aspire to a “US-style” culture of charitable giving

The 'Give Me a Break' report calls for a better understanding of what we can learn from America, so that we can incorporate it into a uniquely British culture of philanthropy.
The 'Give Me a Break' report calls for a...

THE GIVING THOUGHT TEAM

Rhodri Davies

Programme Leader, Giving Thought

Rhodri is Head of our Giving Thought programme. He joined in 2010 and is responsible for formulating and communicating our policy positions on a wide range of topics including philanthropy, tax reliefs for giving, social investment and CSR/CCI.

T: +44 3000 123 221
E: rdavies@cafonline.org

Adam Pickering

International Policy Manager, Giving Thought

Adam Pickering is responsible for developing our global policy positions and writes and speaks widely on global trends in philanthropy and non-profit law as part of our in-house think-tank, Giving Thought. Adam is currently leading the Groundwork for Growing Giving project which seeks to create an inclusive culture of generosity and envisions a world where everyone who can, gives.

T: +44 3000 123 229
E: apickering@cafonline.org

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