A champion for charities


Engaging, informing and influencing. Discover how we are working to create a better world by championing charities, and the amazing people who support them.

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Talking with Dawn Butler MP about charity, at the 2019 Labour conference

We met with MPs to discuss the importance of local charities and share amazing facts about their work.


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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Groundwork for Growing Giving

With as many as 2.4 billion people set to join the world’s middle classes by 2030, it is crucial that we ensure that the groundwork is put in place to support and encourage their engagement with giving.

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Giving Tuesday

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

Find out how you can get involved with Giving Tuesday

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Place-Based Giving

Our campaign explores the role philanthropy can play in communities around the UK, and proposes what needs to be done to build a new era of civic philanthropy.

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We are campaigning for social trends and new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, to have a positive impact on the future of charities and the causes they help.

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influencing government

We work with government 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
  • Championing a positive regulatory, financial and political environment for charity
  • Working with other charities and their supporters to shape the future of giving
  • Ensuring that metro mayors and regional government promote giving

Find out more about our work with government

understanding giving

Our research programme supports our campaigns by investigating and increasing understanding of charitable giving and philanthropy.  We provide free research and analysis that helps to influence the decisions of 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.

UK Giving

CAF's UK Giving report is the largest study of giving behaviour in the UK. This year UK Giving is bigger and better with over 12,000 people interviewed across the UK, allowing us to look in more detail than ever before at patterns of giving. 

Questions we ask include: Which causes are people are donating to in the UK? How much and how often are they donating? Do people trust charities to do the good work they promise?

Read the latest UK Giving research
In the last 12 months, have you given to charity by any of these methods?

CAF World Giving Index

Now in its ninth year, the renown CAF World Giving Index looks at charitable behaviour around the world and shares insights into the nature of giving and trends in global generosity.

See which countries are the most generous, as we reveal where 146 countries rank for three giving areas: donating money, volunteering and helping a stranger.

Read the World Giving Index 2018
Top 10 countries in the CAF World Giving Index 2018 with score and participation in giving

latest comment and insight from our blogs

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 in the UK and globally, 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 on the latest charity sector developments and give you our take on what’s happening in the world of government and politics.

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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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