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 civil society issues. Rhodri hosts CAF’s popular Giving Thought podcast and 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.     


  • Global philanthropy trends
  • History of philanthropy
  • Emerging technology, philanthropy and civil society
  • Artificial intelligence, Augmented/Virtual reality and charity, Blockchain/Bitcoin and charity
  • Charitable tax relief.
  • Charity campaigning
  • Charities and politics.
  • Philanthropy and democracy
  • Charities and Public Service reform
  • Future scanning
  • The science of charitable giving


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 is a regular guest lecture for Masters courses at both Cass Business School at City University, London and the University of Kent.

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

Rhodri's engagements include:

  • Keynote speaker at Third Sector's 2020 fundraising (virtual) conference 20-21 May 2020.
  • Presenting a paper on decentralisation in philanthropy and civil society and taking part in a panel session on responses to current critiques of philanthropy at the ARNOVA conference in San Diego, November 2019.
  • Speaking on 'Philanthropy, Diversity & Inclusion' at the Powered BY Philanthropy mini-festival organised by the Community Foundation for Tyne &Wear and Northumberland 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 2019
  • The Asian Banker Wealth & Society 2018 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
  • The Council on Foundations Finance & Endowment Summit 2017 New York
  • Disruptive Technology speaker at Wilton Park's Future of Philanthropy event, 2017


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 shaped 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.

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