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Read the latest articles from our in-house experts on the topics that affect the charity sector.

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  • 5 May 2020 

    Support in extraordinary times

    Since the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, CAF Venturesome has had many new enquiries for social investment and approximately a third of our portfolio, of over 130 social organisations, has asked for a variation to the terms of their existing loans.  In April, our investment committees approved several new social investments for growth and varied the terms of dozens of our existing loans.  Read how they did it over video and about the organisations we've supported. 

  • 4 May 2020 

    Why aren't charities more resilient?

    It’s very difficult to measure in advance whether a charity is resilient. The only way to know for sure is when they are put to the test. Not many of us would have thought a global health pandemic would be the test. 

    In this blog, Beth Clarke looks at how to help charities become more resilient.

  • 1 May 2020 

    Over a month into lockdown, has people’s outlook to giving shifted?

    Susan Pinkney, Head of Research, looks at what the polls are telling us.
  • 29 April 2020 

    Philanthropy and Civil Society after Covid-19: Key questions for the future

    The covid-19 pandemic is having an enormous short-term impact on all of our lives. Yet the long-term implications are still far from clear. Will this period of disruption lead to fundamental changes in how our society and economy operates? Or will we revert to how things were before as soon as it is over?

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Insight to help charities succeed

Our charities blog is a hub for finance, governance, funding, and fundraising insight to help your charity reach its goals.
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The think-tank for doing good

Giving Thought is our think-tank. It’s where we discuss the key challenges facing civil society globally, explore how and why people give, and test radical new ideas that could shape the future of charity.

Our debates include charities and trust, artificial intelligence and new technologies, advocacy, rights and the science of giving.

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Keep up-to-date with our insight the latest charity sector developments, and get our take on what’s happening in the world of government and politics.

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Our commentary on the research we carry out locally, nationally and globally to increase understanding of the charity sector and giving.

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Multiplying social impact for charities

Since 2002, we are one of the most active providers of impact-focused social investment in the UK.

Our blog features our views, opinion and news on CAF Venturesome’s activity and on the Social Investment sector as a whole.

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