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A champion for charities


We are working towards a better world by championing charities and the amazing people who support them.


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.

Read the briefing paper


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

Discover Future: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.

  • 22 November 2019 

    Briefing: Labour manifesto 2019

    1) Charity's relationship with the state 2) A new agenda for DFID 3) Control for local people... three things we noticed in the Labour manifesto alongside commitments like a pledge to “work with organisations and charities already making the UK a more equal and fairer society”. Read our review.

  • 22 November 2019 

    Briefing: Liberal Democrat manifesto 2019

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto includes a wide range of policies that relate to charities’ campaigns for change, with many proposals needing to be delivered in partnership with them. Read our review.

  • 19 November 2019 

    Don't get to 2030 and think 'why haven't we done more'

    Daniel reviews Nesta's new report 'Foundation Horizon Scan' which looks at the changing landscape in policy and society and how foundations across the globe can play a larger role in addressing change.
  • 4 November 2019 

    Guest blog: Designing a strategy fit for the future

    Martin Wilson and Michelle Eaton discuss findings and insights from the foresight project they helped to run at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

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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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CAF Giving Thought podcasts

The Giving Thought podcast

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

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