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
- 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.
Did you know that Britain relies on a group of 9% of the population for 66% of charitable activity in the country? Charities are powered by people, and we need more people to give their time and money to help.
The campaign was launched in response to the figures in UK Giving 2012. The report reveals a 20% fall in donations to charity during the past year.
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.
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.