creating a future of doing good 1440 490 space hero 1

Giving Thought

THE FUTURE OF DOING GOOD

What will new technologies and social trends mean for giving?

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR 'DOING GOOD'?

Our world is changing rapidly. New social trends and developments in technology will transform the ways in which we help others and address the biggest challenges facing our society.

Here we explore the key social and technological trends that will shape the world in the coming years, and the challenges and opportunities they will bring for civil society.
Cassie Robinson of National Lottery Community Fund interviews Rhodri Davies, CAF's Head of Policy, with fellow experts as part of a series about civil society, technology, and a new social contract.  Read the full article here.

latest Comment and insight

     
  • 15 December 2015 

    Philanthropy, the Blockchain & the Internet of Things

    Today CAF launched a new discussion paper, “Giving Unchained: Philanthropy and the Blockchain”, which looks at the potential impact of new ‘blockchain technology’ on charitable giving and social action. This follows on from our Giving a Bit(Coin) paper earlier this year, which explored the possibilities of harnessing new forms of digital ‘cryptocurrency’ for philanthropy.
  • 5 June 2015 

    New report: Giving a (Bit)coin: cryptocurrency and philanthropy

    It is important that philanthropists and charities consider the implications of cryptocurrencies, regardless of whether they are currently thinking about using them.
  • 21 October 2014 

    Ebola, Bitcoin and challenge fundraising

    I arrived in work this morning to find an intriguing email in my inbox. The MD of a new online fundraising campaign in the US called "A Day Without Touch" (ADWT) had got in touch after reading one of my previous posts about Bitcoins.
  • 25 June 2014 

    4 opportunities Bitcoin presents for philanthropy

    Having watched this topic continue to increase in public profile, I thought it would be a good time to ponder a few more specific opportunities and challenges that cryptocurrencies might raise for charities and philanthropists.
  • 4 November 2013 

    Giving in the digital age

    Okay, so bitcoins are an actual thing. What, if anything, does this mean for charities?

IN THE NEWS


THE FUTURE OF DOING GOOD VIDEO

Future Club: An introduction to Blockchain

Rhodri Davies, Head of Policy at CAF, on the in-and-outs of blockchain technology and what it means for charity in the future.

Talking technology at the ACF Annual Conference 2017

Rhodri Davies discusses how foundations should respond to changing technology and find new ways to solve social problems.

Brazilian Philanthropy Forum 2018

Rhodri Davies discusses the choice for philanthropists is no longer whether to engage with technology, but how they do so.

Giving Unchained: Could blockchain technology revolutionise charitable giving?

Rhodri Davies talks about our report Giving Unchained, which explores the potential for blockchain technology to transform giving.

Rhodri guests on blockchain & Effective Altruism podcast

Rhodri Davies joins Rhys Lindmark on his 'Creating a Humanist Blockchain Future' podcast

CAF at Tech:UK Blockchain for Good Event May 2018

Rhodri Davies talks about the speed of technological change and how tech will benefit, and challenge, charity.

THE FUTURE OF DOING GOOD RESOURCES

cent decent

Networking Opportunities: rediscovering decentralisation in philanthropy?

This paper (presented at the 2019 ARNOVA conference) explores decentralisation in philanthropy and civil society. Will new tech-driven approaches overcome the traditional limitations of decentralised models or will they run into the same challenges?
This paper (presented at the 2019 ARNOVA...
House of Lords logo (128px)

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...
Decentralised (128)

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...
image2-12monthbond128px

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...
image8-blockchainwasher128px

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.
The blockchain is the technology that makes...
image9-bitcoin128px

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...
lighthouse-grantmakingland-cta

The think tank for doing good

GIVING THOUGHT

Understanding and reimagining civil society.

Contact Giving Thought

MORE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF DOING GOOD

Future World Giving


This project created a policy framework to help governments seize the potential for rapidly growing middle class populations to engage in philanthropy.

Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology


Here you can find all of our publications on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, together with some extra video content

Future:Good


Our project to create a world where new technologies and social trends have a positive impact on the future of civil society.