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The truths revealed by COVID-19

2020 has been a year unlike any other, with the COVID-19 pandemic bringing unparalleled health  and economic devastation and shining an uncompromising light on social inequality around the world.

During these unprecedented times, civil society’s unique role and value has never been more evident. It has stepped up to plug critical gaps in the official response and proved unequivocally that it provides a lifeline and quality of life for millions. 

The striking lack of recognition of the value of civil society  has exposed three fundamental needs that we as a global community have to meet in the future, and that will be explored in this report:

  • The need to champion emergency solutions that are global in scale, nuanced by local, regional and national need and that leverage, rather than sideline, civil society organisations (CSOs)
  • The need for collective advocacy of civil society and the invaluable role it plays in strengthening wider society
  • The need to facilitate the giving that will support future civil society and enable us to emerge as a more united, responsive and compassionate world

Report Snapshot: Global Alliance Learning, Innovation and Collaboration in Action

Innovation in Action:

During the COVID-19 crisis, IDIS – our partner in Brazil, launched its first-ever emergency response fund building on the experience of partner countries across the network.

Experience in Action:

With an internationally renowned due diligence process underpinning funding decisions and providing reassurance to donors, CAF Russia was able to get a third (32.7%) of funds out to frontline support projects within 72 hours.

Collaboration in Action:

CAF America’s expedited grantmaking programme has rapidly distributed emergency COVID-19 grants through Global Alliance partners including:

  • $476,000 through CAF Canada
  • $130,500 through CAF India
  • $620,000 through CAF Russia
  • $240,000 through Good2Give in Australia
  • over $2million through CAF in the UK

Learning in Action:

Over the course of the pandemic we have undertaken global and deep local research across the Global Alliance to understand the challenges experienced by charities and community organisations during the pandemic.

By shining a light on their predicament and bringing it to the attention of governments, global media and donors we have been able to publicise the critical need for positive fiscal measures, tax relief and donor flexibility to ensure the sector’s survival.

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About the CAF Global Alliance

What makes us different?

The CAF Global Alliance is an international network of independent and locally-led organisations in Brazil, South Africa, India, Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Our partners work together to empower an independent civil society and enable the giving that can sustain it to thrive and make a positive difference. We work together to build a generosity movement locally and globally – motivating society to give more effectively to transform lives around the world.


The difference we make.

Because of our decades of giving experience, renowned research and relationships with thousands of CSOs around the world, donors trust us to advise them on where their giving can have the greatest impact. In a crisis this enables us to inspire creative, broader giving.

Further international insights during COVID-19

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Giving Civil Society the Right Response

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Insights to how charities and donors are reacting to the pandemic

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