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A champion for charities

POLICY AND CAMPAIGNS

We are working towards a better world by championing charities and the amazing people who support them.

OUR PASSION

We are champions for charity, campaigning for a better world.  We work to influence government policy makers and create a positive environment for charities and the people who support them.  We lead on the global Giving Tuesday campaign for the UK. Our work with local councils and community groups is Growing Local Giving and our Groundwork for Global Giving campaign is building a stronger civil society across the world. Our Future:Good campaign aims to ensure new technologies and social trends have a positive impact on the future giving.

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A COVID-19 PHILANTHROPY STIMULUS PACKAGE

Hundreds of millions of pounds could be unleashed to support charities hit by the COVID-19 crisis, according to our latest analysis.  In the Philanthropy Stimulus Package we recommend a raft of measures that will unlock charitable assets, harness unclaimed Gift Aid and stimulate new giving to vital causes hit by the deadly outbreak.

The report contains recommendations for government, regulators and charities themselves to unlock cash needed to support charities during the current crisis and rebuild support once the virus abates.

Read the report

our campaigns

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Place-based giving

We are campaigning to grow giving in local communities, reconnecting people with places and spaces. We aim to bring in a new age of civic philanthropy, helping our towns and cities to thrive.

Join us building a culture of giving in towns and cities

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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global campaign asking people to give their time, money and voice to charity. We run the UK's Giving Tuesday campaign.

How can I get involved on Giving Tuesday?

Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Growing giving around the world

With as many as 2.4 billion people set to join the world’s middle classes by 2030 we want to transform their communities through giving.

How can we create a thriving global civil society?

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Future:Good

Learn how technology from Artificial Intelligence to Blockchain will transform charities and become a huge force for good.

How will technology shape the world?

influencing government

We work with governments and all those who are interested in charities to encourage giving, and help charities and social enterprises to flourish. We champion the contribution that charities, donors and volunteers make to society.  We are:

  • Informing and influencing the Government’s Civil Society Strategy 
  • Creating a positive environment for charities
  • Working with other charities and their supporters to shape the future of giving
  • Ensuring that metro mayors and regional government promote place-based giving

How we work together

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understanding giving

Our research gives us unique insight into charitable giving.  We provide free research and analysis that helps to inform charities, companies, donors, policy-makers, researchers and journalists.  Our unique UK Giving research and CAF World Giving Index are among the most influential pieces of charity research published annually. For this, and our full suite of research, visit the CAF Research Hub.

latest comment and insight from our blogs

Read our insights into giving and our thoughts on how developments in society and technology can open up new opportunities for doing good.

Our think-tank, Giving Thought, is where we consider the key challenges facing civil society, explore how and why people and companies give, and test radical new ideas that could shape the future of charity.  Our Public Affairs blog will keep you up to date with our views.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 30 March 2020 

    Never has charity been more important #CharityUnitesUs

    The #CharityUnitesUs campaign is all about shining the spotlight on the experience of charities during this difficult time.  Find out how you can get involved.

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Want to talk about our campaigns?

CONTACT US

We are working to build a stronger charitable sector by running campaigns, influencing government and encouraging people to give to good causes.

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Our success stories

We are proud of successful campaigning history. Read how our work as has benefitted charity and the giving environment.

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CAF publications and research

Policy briefings and consultation responses

Our campaign reports, public affairs briefings and consultation responses are free to read and download.

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CAF Giving Thought podcasts

The Giving Thought podcast

A bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society.

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