On 12 December 2017 CAF hosted 'Blockchain and philanthropy, actionable opportunities today', the first in a new series of innovation events. 

For the event we bought together blockchain leaders, experts and practitioners.   Our panel shared real world examples of how blockchain is already being applied in our sector, discussed the the myths sometimes clouding opportunities, and the exciting challenges ahead.  

To follow up this event, we are sharing a summary of all the ways to engage with the organisations on stage today and their contact details, plus business summaries from Disberse and Alice. You can also read our Blockchain for Philanthropy notes and links to further reading from Rhodri Davies of Giving Thought.

Our thanks to Scott Hartop from Scout who chaired the event.  Scott has been helping us shape these opportunities behind the scenes and he’s put together an invaluable blockchain primer, with some of the day's main take-aways.


Data and the blockchain CAF

Blockchain for Philanthropy by Rhodri Davies

Notes and links to further reading from Rhodri Davies of Giving Thought.

Further reading
Disberse blockchain event


Disberse is a fund management platform that drives the transparent, efficient and effective flow of aid, built on Blockchain technology.

Explore Disberse
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Blockchain primer

Main take-aways from the day and contact details for our host Scott Hartop from Scout.

Myths, challenges and icebergs
The many opportunities for Blockchain


Engage with organisations already involved in blockchain philanthropy.

Reach out
Alice blockchain event


Alice is a social funding and impact management platform built on the Ethereum blockchain.

Meet Alice
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Bitcoin and blockchain technology

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology have some fascinating features that could have a huge impact on charities and charitable giving.

Keep updated


Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy

Rhodri leads Giving Thought, our in-house think tank focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri has spent nearly a decade specialising in public policy around philanthropy and the work of charities, and has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics. He has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Find out more about Rhodri


Holger Westphely

Holger Westphely

Senior Investment Manager
Holger shares responsibility for the strategy and operations of the CAF Venturesome investment team. Duties include appraisals of applications, monitoring part of the CAF Venturesome portfolio, overseeing SE-Assist, managing the team's operations, and supporting new business development. Holger co-founded Aylesbury Partnerships which provides investment and contract readiness services to organsations in the voluntary sector, and co-founded Eastside Primetimers which advises organsations in raising finance.
Paula Fabiani

Paula Fabiani

CEO of IDIS, a CAF Global Alliance partner
Paula is an economist from FEA-USP, sits on several non-profit boards in Brazil and has authored articles and books on non-profits and social enterprises. She was formerly CFO of Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal Foundation and MD of the Akatu Institute. Other previous roles include private equity with Votorantim Group (and with one of their investee companies), asset management and M&A with BankBoston, and trade finance at Lloyds Bank
Raphaël Mazet

Raphaël Mazet

CEO and Co-founder of Alice
Raphaël is a social entrepreneur specialising in blockchain. Formerly COO of CliqStart, a digital campaigning platform for charities, advocacy and political movements, he spent ten years in digital communications, corporate and government relations with Brunswick Group, Royal Bank of Canada and Speyside, running their Brazilian and Mexican offices specialising in emerging markets, advising multinationals.
Areti Kampyli

Areti Kampyli

COO and Co-founder of Alice
Areti began her career in corporate advertising and design at Ogilvy & Mather, where she managed clients including Delta Airlines and BT. She launched her first tech start-up in 2009, a conference networking app that she turned into a profitable business in less than 2 years. As CEO of CliqStart, which she also co-founded with Raphaël, she led the company’s product development, UX and UI design.
Ben Joakim

Ben Joakim

CEO and Co-founder of Disberse
Ben is a social entrepreneur with extensive international development experience. Formerly Global Advisor at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, he led a $30 million youth and technology project portfolio, spanning Africa, Asia and Latin America. He’s also led UK charitable foundations and invested in a number of early-stage social enterprises, both in the UK and internationally.
Paul Currion

Paul Currion

COO and Co-founder of Disberse
Paul was previously an independent consultant focused on system change in the humanitarian sector, with a particular focus on technology. He has worked for NGOs, UN agencies, institutional donors and private companies, in a variety of responses including Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia and the Indian Ocean tsunami response.
Rachel Whale

Rachel Whale

CEO and Founder of Koreo
Koreo is a talent consultancy and incubator dedicated to social change. Rachel is a social entrepreneur who has worked with cross-sector organisations to accelerate purpose through their people, including NSPCC, Mind, AGE UK, Marie Stopes Int., Care Int., Unicef, The Cabinet Office, DFiD, Unilever, DigitasLBI, Grant Thornton and PWC. She founded the Charityworks and Change100 graduate development programmes and GoodWomen, the network for women in social change.
Scott Hartop

Scott Hartop

From Scout
Our host for the event, Scott’s been working with CAF and our special guests behind the scenes to help shape the investment opportunities we’ll be showcasing. He runs Scout, the R&D unit for impact investors, wealth and asset managers exploring frontier markets.


Blockchain - a threat to existing philanthropy?

We explore the relationship between Blockchain and Philanthropy and how we can use it.

Giving Thought blog

Our blog includes details about key issues affecting civil society, philanthropy, social investment and using new technologies for social good.

Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology

Here you can find all of our publications on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, together with some extra video content