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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.

Latest podcasts

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    Charity and philanthropy in literature

    10 December 2018 - In our latest Giving Thought podcast we talk to @andrewjohnrudd from @UniofExeter and find out what some of our best-known authors and poets have had to say, and what we can learn from it.
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    Non-profits and philanthropy in a polarized world: ARNOVA 2019

    28 November 2018 - Rhod reports back on a recent trip to the 48th annual ARNOVA conference for philanthropy and non-profit researchers in San Diego.
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    Philanthropy, diversity and inclusion

    12 November 2019 - In this episode of our Giving Thought podcast, we explore the strengths and weaknesses of philanthropy through its historic role in campaigns for social change.
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    Digital transformation and the non-profit world

    29 October 2019 - In this episode of our Giving Thought Podcast, we chat to @bethkanter about digital transformation, social media and what Artificial Intelligence might mean for the non-profit world.

Podcast themes

We have personalised your listening by giving themes. Many podcasts cover more than one theme, if you have any questions please get in touch.


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

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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Giving Thought looks at the key issues affecting civil society, philanthropy, social investment and the use of new technologies for social good.

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