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Giving Thought


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


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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  • 12 June 2020 

    Black Lives Matter - CAF Statement

    Read our statement, published today by Michael Mapstone, Executive sponsor of CAF’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

  • 10 June 2020 

    What role can giving and philanthropy play working for a more fair and equal society?

    We need to look at ourselves and the sector we work in as a whole with a critical eye, and strive to do whatever we can to be supportive of the cause of racial equality and justice. Read our comment and hear excerpts of discussions with BAME colleagues on the challenges of racial justice in philanthropy.
  • 9 June 2020 

    Changing course to weather the storm

    How place-based giving schemes have adapted under COVID-19.

  • 21 April 2020 

    A summer of giving back

    The Olympics, Glastonbury, Eurovision… this summer we will be missing many great events. Despite the disappointment of so many missed moments, there is an opportunity to turn what could be a ‘summer of CANCELLED’ into a ‘summer of GIVING’.

  • 17 April 2020 

    How you can help in an age of coronavirus

    Here are some simple ways to get plugged into the inspiring community response to COVID-19, be it donating from your sofa, volunteering safely or simply reaching out to give support.

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.


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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...

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...

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...


Policy and campaigns

We work to build a stronger charitable sector in the UK and across the world by running campaigns, influencing government and encouraging people to give to good causes.

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