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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 to build a better world.  Our work influences policy makers to create a positive environment for charities and the people who support them.  Working with charities, businesses, donors and governments we are using our knowledge and experience to build a stronger society.

our campaigns

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Place-based giving

Philanthropy can transform communities around the UK. How can we better understand and tackle the challenges facing our communities?

Can we build 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?

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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.

  • 5 October 2018 

    Giving Criticism: "Winners Take All", Inequality and Philanthropy

    Anand Giridharadas's new book "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World" is a potent critique of big money giving that is making waves in the US and beyond. We take a look at the book's arguments; how telling they are, and how they fit into the long history of criticisms of philanthropy.
  • 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.
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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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Policy briefings and consultation responses

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

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No place for philanthropy | Podcast

We discuss: Does philanthropy still begin at home? Is there a dark side to civic philanthropy? What does 'place' mean to any of us?

Listen to the podcast