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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    Effective Altruism

    23 July 2019 - Why has this approach to philanthropy based on utilitarian philosophy gained so many admirers, and so many critics, over the last few years?
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    Structure and philanthropy

    9 July 2019 - We explore how philanthropy and civil society has become structured over time, what the drivers for this are, and what new possibilities the future may hold.
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    Philanthropy and public space

    25 June 2019 - How has philanthropy shaped public spaces, from National Parks and urban greenspaces to the digital world, and what are the challenges ahead?
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    Philanthropic Pledges

    11 June 2019 - How successful has the Giving Pledge been over the last decade? We explore the controversial topic of philanthropic promises.
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    Giving done right

    28 May 2019 - We talk to @philxbuchanan from @CEPData about his new book 'Giving done right: effective giving and making every dollar count' and discuss the current criticisms of philanthropy.
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    Notre-Dame: lessons for philanthropy

    14 May 2019 - What lessons can we take from the recent surge of philanthropy in response to the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris?
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    Philanthropy, civil rights and movement capture

    23 April 2019 - We talk to Megan Ming Francis about her recent paper and her work on the role of philanthropic funders in supporting the civil rights movement.
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    What is the unique role of philanthropic foundations?

    9 April 2019 - Find out in our latest Giving Thought podcast as we chat to @PaulBRamsbottom from @wolfsonfdn
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    Philanthropy and journalism podcast

    26 March 2019 - In our podcast with Sameer Padania, we ask why the media is looking to philanthropy as a source of funding and why philanthropic funders are interested in supporting journalism.
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    Studying and teaching philanthropy as an academic discipline

    12 March 2019 - We talk to Beth Breeze from the University of Kent about why studying and teaching philanthropy is important, and what it entails.
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, 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



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