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Discover how we are working to create a better world for charity, and for you.


We are campaigning to create a positive climate for charities to operate in, and raise awareness of the impact that they make. We work 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 CAF's unique knowledge and experience we are campaigning to create a better world.


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Campaigning for Giving in the UK

CAF is 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.

Find out how we are campaigning for Giving in the UK
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Campaigning for A Giving World

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

Explore our campaigns for A Giving World



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.

Visit our Giving for the City hub
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UK Giving

UK Giving is the largest study of giving behaviour in the UK. This year’s report is bigger and better with over 12,000 people interviewed across the UK in 2017, allowing us to look in more detail than ever before at patterns of giving.

The key findings for individual giving in the UK in 2017 are:

  • The total amount given to charity increased to £10.3 billion – however, this is driven by fewer people giving more.
  • The number of people who gave to charity either via donations or sponsoring someone in 2017 decreased from the previous year – led by the decrease in sponsorship.
  • People continued to sign petitions and take part in public demonstrations in 2017 at the high levels seen for the first time in 2016.
  • Despite innovation in charitable giving over the years, cash remains the main way in which people give, although the level has decreased slightly in 2017.
  • Women remain more likely than men to participate in charitable and social activity though the gap is widening rather than narrowing between the two groups.
  • Trust in charity remains an issue with no movement since 2016, with 50% agreeing that charities are trustworthy. Men in particular are most likely to disagree that charities are trustworthy.
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We work to build a stronger charitable sector by running campaigns, influencing government and encouraging people to give to good causes.

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We provide free research and analysis helping to influence the decisions of charities, companies, donors, policy-makers, researchers and journalists worldwide.

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