Rhodri Davies at the launch of Public Good by Private Means


Rhodri Davies leads our think tank, Giving Thought. He is the author of Public Good by Private Means and a recognised expert on philanthropy and technology for giving. Rhodri is much in demand as an adviser and speaker to governments, businesses, charities and philanthropists. For the latest news from Rhodri, follow @Rhodri_H_Davies.



Rhodri's engaging communication style brings clarity to complex issues. Rhodri is an enthusiastic debater with a wealth of knowledge.  He has extensive experience speaking at conferences, seminars, on the radio and TV.

Rhodri's recent engagements include:

  • The Asian Banker Wealth & Society 2018 conference
  • Panel on Tech ethics at Civil Society Media Charity Technology conference
  • The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society & Volunteering, session on “The Future of Charities”
  • The Brazilian Philanthropy Forum 2018
  • Goldman Sachs Charity Forum 2018
  • Blockchain & Philanthropy event for Withers LLP
  • Yorkshire Grantmakers Forum 25 Anniversary Event
  • Charity Finance Group IT Conference
  • Panel on AI and Automation at SCVO Gathering 2018
  • Blockchain for Philanthropy event 2017
  • Keynote panel at The Association of Charitable Foundations Annual Conference 2017
  • The Council on Foundations Finance & Endowment Summit 2017 (in New York)
  • Blockchain session and plenary panel at the Civil Society Charity Technology conference 2017
  • Disruptive Technology speaker at Wilton Park's Future of Philanthropy event, 2017
  • Cass Business School MSc in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment (Jun 2017 & June 2018), lecture on key themes from Public Good by Private Means
  • University of Kent MA in Philanthropic Studies 2016, Lecture on “Criticisms of Philanthropy”

Brazilian Philanthropy Forum 2018

Rhodri discusses the choice for philanthropists is no longer whether to engage with technology, but how they do so.
Rhodri Davies, Giving Thought Programme Leader, Charities Aid Foundation


21 March 2019; The International Civil Society Centre Blockchain for Social Good summit in partnership with NetHope and the University of Edinburgh, hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation in New York

7 February 2019; Institute of Fundraising North West Charity Leaders networking event

Winter 2018 speaking engagements

16 November; The GeNErosity Festival, speaking on city philanthropy and disruptive technology

20 November; Leaders in Fundraising speaking on technology, trends and predictions

21 November; Blockchain breakfast briefing for Bircham Dyson Bell on cryptocurrency and blockchain

21 November; CharityComms Digital Conference on the current and imagined state of AI

28 November; Inaugural North West Philanthropy networking event for philanthropy advisers 

3 December 2018; European Foundation Centre event on Artificial Intelligence

7 December 2018; NAVCA annual conference, Sheffield 


Rhodri leads Giving Thought - our in-house think tank - focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. He is the author of Public Good by Private Means: How philanthropy shapes Britain, which traces the history of philanthropy in Britain and what it tells us about the role of modern philanthropy. Beyond that, he has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics – from social investment to the charitable applications of cutting-edge technologies such as cryptocurrency and the blockchain.

Rhodri graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy and embarked upon an academic career before migrating into public policy work at the think tank Policy Exchange. He has since spent nearly a decade specialising in the policy aspects of philanthropy and charitable giving.

CAF at Tech:UK Blockchain for Good Event May 2018

Rhodri Davies talks about the speed of technological change and how tech will benefit, and challenge, charity.

Future Club: An introduction to Blockchain

Rhodri Davies, Head of Policy at CAF, on the in-and-outs of blockchain technology and what it means for charity in the future.

NAVCA's 2018 Forging Community Conference

Rhodri Davies in the Revolutionaries Roundtable, speaking about the impact of emerging dispruptive technologies on charity.

Public Good by Private Means Book Launch

CAF CEO, Sir John Low, introduces Rhodri Davies at the launch of his book, Public Good by Private Means

Talking technology at the ACF Annual Conference 2017

Rhodri Davies discusses how foundations should respond to changing technology and find new ways to solve social problems.

The culture of philanthropy discussed at the 2017 ACF Annual Conference

Rhodri Davies discusses social inequality and how successful philanthropy from the past can guide the future of giving.

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