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CAF Research and Insight

EXPLORING TRENDS AND IMPROVING KNOWLEDGE

Our research and insight programme is investigating and increasing understanding of the charity sector and charitable giving.

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About our research and insight

We have been publishing our independent research into charities and charitable giving for over 20 years.  Our work influences the decisions of charities, companies, donors, policy-makers, researchers and journalists worldwide.  Our publications are free to read and download.

Among the trends we explore are the changing finances of charities, patterns of individual giving, use of Gift Aid and other tax-effective giving methods, corporate social responsibility strategies, and trends in philanthropy.  We have an extensive list of publications covering a broad range of topics across the charitable sector. We also publish data on CAF's Covid-19 Emergency Grant Fund and plan to grow our data sharing.

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Latest research

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Covid-19: What it means for giving

Since March 2020 we have regularly polled UK charities to understand the impact of the pandemic on civil society, and monitored the public's changing attitudes to giving.

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2020 Charity Landscape report

Charity leaders reveal the challenges and opportunities they're facing in this unique year.

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UK Giving during Covid-19: A special report

Despite Covid-19, giving remains in line with previous years but restricted in-person fundraising takes toll on some key causes.

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Growing Giving in Tanzania 2020

Our research into individual giving and civil society sustainability in Tanzania.

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European policy responses to Covid-19

How are governments reacting in the light of the Covid-19 crisis?

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Covid-19: The effect on global civil society

Since May 2020, CAF has been surveying charities across Australia, Brazil, India and South Africa to understand how they have responded and coped during the crisis.

Read about global impact of Covid-19

UK and International research hubs


CAF World Giving Index

International Giving

Our annual World Giving Index, individual Country Giving reports and Beyond Integrity corporate research provide a unique insight into global generosity and the challenges facing civil society.

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Giving in the UK

Discover insight into donor behaviour, key issues affecting charities and responses to significant UK events

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Publications Library

From UK Giving to the World Giving Index, for nearly 20 years our research has provided free, independent insight and knowledge.  Our world-class publications inform charities, philanthropists, governments and companies around the world with unique information on charity and giving.
  
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Research and insight blog

Our blog provides expert insight and commentary around our charities and giving research programme.  All of our research is free to read, download and share.
  • 5 March 2021 

    The future of giving – and what have we learned during the pandemic?

    Whilst looking ahead has become more difficult than ever, it is vital that we try to identify and understand key trends and think through the possible future scenarios they may lead to.  Based on extensive CAF research and insight, Daniel discusses giving behaviour and the broadening landscape for doing good.
  • 8 December 2020 

    Charities have embraced digital during this crisis

    CAF recently issued the fifth edition of our Charity Landscape report, which captures the views of charity leaders about the key challenges they face. While Covid-19 has dominated this year, one issue that we have tracked for several years has seen a notable change, namely technology and digital transformation.
  • 16 November 2020 

    Household giving may have held steady amid Covid-19, but charities are still in crisis

    The pandemic’s effect on charities is profound. Fundraising and trading income has plummeted, just as demand for their services continues to rise.  CAF’s UK Giving Covid-19 Special Report offers us some cause for cheer as despite the challenges household levels of charitable giving remain steady. Here, we take a look at some of the factors at play.


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