Campaigning for a stronger charitable sector

We play a key role in representing the needs of donors and the charitable sector. We work with Government and others to shape policy and legislation, in order to improve the environment for giving and to secure supportive legal, fiscal and regulatory conditions for donors, charities and social enterprises.

We have a long history of successfully campaigning for changes to policy.  For example, we were instrumental in establishing important schemes such as Gift Aid and payroll giving

Our policy aims are:

  • A strong and thriving civil society.
  • A charitable sector that is empowered and enabled to demonstrate accountability and effectiveness, in order to have healthy, equal and mature relationships with Government and the private sector.
  • For equal partnerships that support the resilience, sustainability, individuality and independence of the sector.
  • To make it easy for individuals and companies to maximise the impact of their charitable giving. This may be through tax-effective mechanisms such as Gift Aid or payroll giving, or through supporting the development of new models of social investment and corporate engagement. 

Our campaigns

Giving Thought

The latest on key issues affecting civil society, philanthropy, social investment and using new technologies for social good.

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CAF Research

Our research helps to develop a greater understanding of the charity world

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  • Party conference
We know that charities make a great contribution to society - but are we fully aware of how much good they do? Find out how we plan to raise awareness of the work that charities do and encourage the public to give time and money in support of good causes.
  • Give it back, George logo
In 2012, CAF led the award-winning campaign to persuade the Government to drop the proposal to cap tax relief on major charitable donations, a measure that would have cost the charity sector up to £500m per year.
  • Giving Tuesday logo
#GivingTuesday – a global campaign that encourages people to give their time, money and voice to charity on one day – came to the UK for the first time in December 2014.
  • Growing Giving
A new report highlighted the growing generational divide in charitable giving - highlighting some worrying trends in philanthropy and raising concerns about the future of giving.
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