Our work with the public sector 

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. 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.

Our latest campaign, with a collaboration of charities and #NeverMoreNeeded, is to grow Gift Aid to give more support for charities struggling from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

What is the most generous area in England and Wales?

In partnership with Polimapper, we’ve developed an interactive heatmap showing the most generous areas of England and Wales. The map uses data from CAF’s UK Giving survey and salary data from the ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earning (ASHE). By using our interactive heatmap, you can see how your county scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most generous for donating money to charity, relative to average local salaries. 

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Latest briefings

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Giving civil society the right response

We examined national policy responses to supporting philanthropic giving and civil society in the context of the pandemic and discovered government responses varied widely and some used the pandemic to silence critics.
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European policy responses to Covid-19

How are governments reacting in the light of the Covid-19 crisis?
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A COVID-19 philanthropy stimulus package

In this briefing we outline a number of immediate and medium term policy measures we believe should be taken to support charities at this difficult time.

Our campaigns

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Place-based giving

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 place-based giving hub
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Future:Good

We are campaiging for technology from Artificial Intelligence to Blockchain to transform charities and become a huge force for good.

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Gift Aid Emergency Relief

We are campaigning to help charity supporters give more, and to better support our amazing charities meet the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.

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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. 

  • 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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