Giving Thought


Our regular podcast series explores trends in global philanthropy and civil society.

About the Giving Thought podcast

The Giving Thought podcast is an exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society.  Since launching in May 2017, the podcast has become recognised as an insightful and influential source of philanthropic debate. 

In each episode Rhodri Davies, Director of our Giving Thought Think Tank, and guests, take a contemporary issue in philanthropy and civil society and break it down into three manageable chunks, giving an overview of the extensive work they have done on the subject. 

Episodes are also available free on iTunes and Libsyn.

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    Third Sector Podcast : Future of Fundraising

    30 January 2019 - In this Third Sector podcast, Rhodri Davies, head of policy at the Charities Aid Foundation, talks about how technology is changing fundraising.
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    Philanthropy and the Movies podcast

    12 February 2019 - In our Oscars special, we explore how philanthropy is portrayed in films, ask what we can learn and share ideas for movies that should be made.
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    Krystian Seibert podcast

    29 January 2019 - We chat to Krystian Seibert, an Industry Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
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    Podcast with Vinay Nair

    15 January 2019 - We chat to Vinay Nair, co-founder and CEO of social good tech startup Lightful about how charities can use technology to tell their stories more effectively, and some of the key opportunities and challenges.
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    2018 end of year special (part 2) our predictions

    20 December 2018 - In part two of our bumper end of year special (episode 40), we make some predictions for what 2019 might hold.
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    2018 end of year special (Part 1) 2018 in review

    20 December 2018 - In an end of year special, bumper 2-part episode 40, we look back over 2018 and ahead to 2019.
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    Bob Reich podcast: Philanthropy, democracy and inequality

    27 November 2018 - We talk to Professor Rob Reich from Stanford University about his new book 'Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How it Can Do Better and about his wider work exploring the political philosophy of philanthropy'.
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    Philanthropy and empathy

    11 December 2018 - In episode 39 of the Giving Thought podcast we ask if empathy leads us to prioritise giving to those who are sufficiently “like us”, at the expense of others?
For more discussions on philanthropy and civil society; from artificial intelligence and blockchain to the impact of history, visit the Giving Thought podcast archive.

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If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in our podcasts, please contact Rhodri Davies, Head of Policy at CAF.

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy

Rhodri leads Giving Thought, CAF’s 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.

Find out more about Rhodri


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