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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.

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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.

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14 October 2019

As part of National Democracy Week’s mission to increase democratic participation, the Charities Aid Foundation has outlined the role that local government can play in developing place-based giving in their communities.
 
Our recommendations show how civic leaders can use their unique position to bring together local government, business and donors for public benefit and civic renewal.


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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.

  • 30 July 2019 

    The Royal split

    In early June 2019 it was announced by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess  of Sussex that the latter will leave the Royal Foundation to focus on their own charitable activity. What can we learn from the foundation split?

  • 30 July 2019 

    Is it time to re-balance charity’s relationship with the state?

    Our recent Charity Landscape survey asks leaders in the sector about their perceived influence over public policy through campaigning and advocacy. The findings are a cause for concern.

  • 25 July 2019 

    Giving Good Reason: Why it matters how we understand tax breaks for charitable donations

    The NCVO Charity Tax Commission has recently released its final report. In addition to some practical recommendations for change, it also raises broader questions about how we understand the rationale for offering tax breaks on donations and why this matters.

  • 16 July 2019 

    Critical Imports: do US debates about philanthropy reflect the UK context?

    Recent critical books by authors such as Anand Giridharadas and Rob Reich continue to shape a lot of current debate about philanthropy in the US and, increasingly, the UK. But how relevant are the criticisms to the UK? Is there a danger of simply importing critiques forged in one context to another without also acknowledging the differences?

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