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  • 23 January 2023 

    CAF Resilience Fund: what has Phase 2 achieved so far?

    With the pandemic and subsequent cost-of-living crisis, the need for UK charities to be resilient has never been more apparent. Phase 2 of the CAF Resilience Fund is designed to help charities move beyond survival and to adapt so that they can look to the future, be sustainable and thrive. 

  • 1 December 2022 

    Charity reserves are in focus more than ever – what have we learned?

    Thee cost-of-living crisis and gloomy economic outlook are testing the operational endurance of charities, their adaptability, and financial resilience. The current inflationary environment is increasing costs, eroding donations, and increasing the number of people who rely on their services. The Bank of England is now expecting a prolonged recession – which likely means that the high levels of demand many charities are seeing will continue.

  • 17 November 2022 

    How the cost-of-living crisis is impacting social organisations

    While charities and social enterprises are facing a challenging financial environment, Venturesome, the social investment arm of CAF, is committed to offering flexible, affordable, and patient finance. To support social organisations, Venturesome is extending our blended finance offer (part loan / part grant), offering a fixed interest rate for up to 10 years and flexible terms to suit the needs of the charity or social enterprise.
  • 11 November 2022 

    Why the aid budget should be restored to 0.7%

    Those working in international development and their supporters will be looking at the Autumn Statement next week for an indication that the Government intends to increase foreign aid in the near future. Returning to the original goal of keeping spending at 0.7% of Gross National Income seems to become increasingly long-term goal, given the current economic climate and additional pressures on the public purse. 

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