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We are committed to advocate for charity by encouraging giving, and by influencing policy makers in the UK and globally to create real, positive change for civil society.  We work directly with charities, philanthropists and government to better understand and influence key issues facing the sector. Giving is our passion, and building on our unique knowledge and experience we are campaigning to create a better world.


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Campaigning for giving in the UK

We are 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.

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Campaigning for a giving world

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

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We regularly blog about trends in giving, and discuss how developments in society and technology can open up new opportunities for doing good across the world. Our think-tank, Giving Thought, is where we consider the key challenges facing civil society globally, explore how and why people and companies give, and test radical new ideas that could shape the future of charity. Our policy experts also host regular podcasts.
  • 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.

campaigns in the spotlight

Our Giving Tuesday campaign is a special day of giving shared across the world.  Our Giving for the City campaign is influencing major philanthropists to support urban communities. Through our work on future technology, we are passionately advocating for charities to be involved in tech development, to ensure ethical technology that benefits all of humanity.

Giving Tuesday campaign

Giving tuesday is a global campaign that encourages people to give their time, money and voice to charity on one day. We run the UK's Giving Tuesday campaign.

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Giving for the City campaign

We explore the role philanthropy can play in towns and cities around the UK, and propose what needs to be done to build a new golden age of civic philanthropy.

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Artificial intelligence and the future of charity

We are campaigning for new technologies to have a positive impact on the future of charity and philanthropy.

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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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