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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 for a better world.  We work to influence government policy makers and create a positive environment for charities and the people who support them.  We lead on the global Giving Tuesday campaign for the UK. 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.

Latest Briefings

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European policy responses to COVID-19

Governments have responded to the crisis in various ways, on the national and regional level, and many measures apply directly or indirectly to civil society, philanthropy and the wider giving environment.

What can we learn from actions taken by countries to respond to the crisis? What must be different next time around? How must we be better prepared? And, importantly, what are the root causes to address so we are not left fighting symptoms?  This paper has been informed by a collective discussion with experts from key European Foundations.
 

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A COVID-19 Philanthropy stimulus package

Hundreds of millions of pounds could be unleashed to support charities hit by the COVID-19 crisis, according to our latest analysis.  In the Philanthropy Stimulus Package we recommend a raft of measures that will unlock charitable assets, harness unclaimed Gift Aid and stimulate new giving to vital causes hit by the deadly outbreak.

The report contains recommendations for government, regulators and charities themselves to unlock cash needed to support charities during the current crisis and rebuild support once the virus abates.

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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.

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Groundwork for growing giving across 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.

Building a thriving global civil society
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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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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global campaign asking people to give their time, money and voice to charity. We run Giving Tuesday in the UK.

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Influencing Government

We work with governments and all those who are interested in charities to encourage giving, and help charity and social enterprises to flourish.

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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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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.

  • 16 January 2020 

    Government must work with charities to achieve their five principles for technology

    Read our response to yesterday's speech by The Baroness Morgan of Cotes, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who set out the five principles she sees as critically important to make the “digital revolution” work for everyone. We believe civil society is essential to achieve these aims and reveal how CAF’s own work supports them. 
  • 18 December 2019 

    A new government in place, what would charities like to see?

    The 12 December election brought in a newly invigorated Conservative government and has returned Boris Johnson to Downing Street. Here is a look at the Conservatives’ stated position on all things civil society and policy areas that CAF will be watching as the new government takes shape.
  • 13 December 2019 

    Charity champion MPs among fresh faces in election

    Last night saw seismic changes to the make up of Parliament with more than 150 new faces entering the House of Commons for the first time.
  • 6 December 2019 

    CAF hosts The Charity Debate

    On 4 December 2019 CAF hosted The Charity Debate in partnership with NCVO.  Find out what the Brexit, Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green political parties had to say about charity, ahead of the 2019 election.

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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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The Giving Thought podcast

A bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society.

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