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We're campaigning to create a positive climate for charities to operate in, and raising awareness of the impact that they make. Working with charities, philanthropists and politicians to better understand and influence key issues facing the sector, we publish world class research, insight and comment on philanthropy both in the UK and internationally. Giving is our passion, and building on our unique knowledge and experience we are campaigning to create a better world.


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We are uniquely positioned to understand charities and donors in the UK. Through our campaigns and research we are working to improve the environment for giving, and to create conditions that allow charities and social enterprises to flourish.

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Campaigning for a giving world

We have a global philanthropic network and decades of international giving knowledge. Using our insight, influence and experience, we are campaigning for world changing philanthropy.

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Giving for the City

It's widely recognised that many areas of the UK have suffered economically, as the traditional industries which fuelled their growth have declined. One element that has been absent from many of the political discussions on this topic is philanthropy, and the role it can play in driving local investment into urban centres.

As policy makers start to think about addressing this gap, with an increasing focus on devolution, city deals and the introduction of programmes like the "Northern Powerhouse" and the "Midlands Engine", there is undoubtedly an opportunity to start revitalising our towns and cities. And yet, one element that has been absent from many of the political discussions on this topic is philanthropy, and the role it can play in driving local investment into urban centres.

We believe the time is now to look again at philanthropy, not only as a route to financial investment, but also as a way of reconnecting people with places and spaces.

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OUR latest reports and discussion papers


Generous Scots gave more than £1.2 billion to charity in 2017.

The CAF Scotland Giving report is now in its second year and is the only major study of its kind. Highlights from the report include:

  • Scotland accounts for 11.8% of all UK charitable donations, despite representing 8.4% of the UK’s population.
  • Generous people in Scotland increased their giving from the estimated £813 million donated in 2016, to £1.2 billion in 2017.
  • The increase in donations was driven by the same number of people giving more, with the average (mean) donation amount increasing from £36 in 2016 to £60 in 2017.
  • Most popular causes supported by those in Scotland were children and young people, with 28% of those surveyed saying they had donated to this cause.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of people took part in a charitable or social activity, such as volunteering for a charity, donating money or goods, or buying an ethical product.
  • Young people aged 16 – 24 are passionate about civil society;  they’re the most likely age group to volunteer, buy an ethical product and of all the charitable activities they take part in, are most likely to have signed a petition.
  • Only 51% said they used Gift Aid on their donations.

The 2018 report is based on YouGov monthly polling of people in Scotland between January and December of 2017.

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  • 17 September 2018

    Sorting Algorithms: the role of civil society in ensuring AI is fair, accountable and transparent

    What role can civil society organisations play in the design, implementation and oversight of Aritificial Intelligence (AI) systems to ensure that they don't exhibit unintended bias against certain groups and communities, or exacerbate inequality?
  • 15 August 2018

    Awkward Places: Austerity, democracy and the challenges of civic philanthropy

    Civic philanthropy is on the rise right now. Many policymakers and funders are exploring the benefits of taking a place-based approach when it comes to supporting local areas and meeting the needs of society. But we should also not be naïve; and must acknowledge that there may be challenges when it comes to developing place-based giving, and even unintended negative consequences. We explore what some of these challenges might be, and how they might be overcome.
  • 8 August 2018

    Initial Thoughts on the Civil Society Strategy

    The UK government has just published a major new Civil Society Strategy. We look at what is in it, what's missing, what's good and what's not so good.
  • 26 June 2018

    Ben Soskis: Learning from the history of philanthropy

    In episode 28 of the Giving Thought podcast, Rhod is joined by Ben Soskis, a Fellow at the Urban Institute and editor of HistPhil.org, for a wide-ranging (and quite long!) chat about the history of philanthropy and what it can teach us about the big challenges facing charities and donors today.
  • 12 June 2018

    An interview with Rachel Rank: Open Data, grantmaking and philanthropy

    In episode 27 of the Giving Thought podcast Rhod chats to Rachel Rank, CEO of 360 Giving (www.threesixtygiving.org) - an initiative promoting and supporting an Open Data approach among UK grantmakers.

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