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GIVING MATTERS

Is giving more important than ever in today’s world?

WHY DOES GIVING MATTER?

Giving is a fundamental part of human nature, and the bedrock of a healthy, sustainable civil society. Yet in today’s world, where the state and the market cater to many needs, there is often little clarity about what part voluntary giving plays in our society.

Here we explore the politics, history and philosophy of giving to understand why it plays such a vital and unique role in our society, and how we can maximise the potential of philanthropic giving to drive social progress.

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  • 18 October 2019 

    Does Philanthropy Help or Hinder Democracy?

    Philanthropy has a complex and long-contested relationship with democracy, which is once again under scrutiny. So how can we ensure that philanthropy is a positive force within our democracy?
  • 8 October 2019 

    Reaching across the aisle, when 'dancing with the devil' is ok

    The summer of 2019 saw the launch of a new think tank in the USA, the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. What is noteworthy about this new venture is the collaboration of unlikely bedfellows George Soros and Charles Koch – each famed in their own right as a billionaire philanthropist, but up to now set far apart by their political leanings.

  • 25 July 2019 

    Giving Good Reason: Why it matters how we understand tax breaks for charitable donations

    The NCVO Charity Tax Commission has recently released its final report. In addition to some practical recommendations for change, it also raises broader questions about how we understand the rationale for offering tax breaks on donations and why this matters.

  • 16 July 2019 

    Critical Imports: do US debates about philanthropy reflect the UK context?

    Recent critical books by authors such as Anand Giridharadas and Rob Reich continue to shape a lot of current debate about philanthropy in the US and, increasingly, the UK. But how relevant are the criticisms to the UK? Is there a danger of simply importing critiques forged in one context to another without also acknowledging the differences?

  • 29 April 2019 

    Philanthropy is at a turning point. Here are 6 ways it could go

    As the very concept of philanthropy is coming under attack, critics are questioning whether philanthropy is effective, how it should be viewed in the wider context of global inequality, and whether it can remain legitimate within a democratic society. Read Rhodri Davies' comment in the World Economic Forum blog.

Rhodri Davies on the role of giving

Brave new world, with Rhodri Davies

Could this be philanthropy's finest hour? Rhodri Davies, Giving Thought Programme Leader at CAF, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing philanthropists.

NAVCA's 2018 Forging Community Conference

Rhodri Davies in the Revolutionaries Roundtable, speaking about the impact of emerging dispruptive technologies on charity.

Brazilian Philanthropy Forum 2018

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

THE ROLE OF GIVING RESOURCES

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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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Brave New World 2017

2016 was a year of major political and social change. This presents both challenges and opportunities for philanthropy. In this paper we explore how philanthropy can rise to those challenges and grasp those opportunities.
2016 was a year of major political and...
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Introduction to Public Good by Private Means

This is the introduction to our book, which charts the history of philanthropy in the UK and what it can tell us about the role of philanthropy today.
This is the introduction to our book, which...

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