About our research

At Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), our work to support the charity sector is led by facts. These facts come from our own independent research into giving behaviour and the charity landscape.

We champion charities, but we speak plainly about the challenges they face. We amplify their voices to help drive change among policy makers, donors and charities themselves.

Our latest research

What the public think of charities using AI

What are donor opinions about charities using AI and what does that mean for how charities might implement the technology?

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Charity Resilience Index

Tracking how charities are experiencing and responding to the cost-of-living crisis in the UK, their ability to adapt, and their confidence for the future.

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World Giving Index

Insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world. The study examines three aspects of giving behaviour to rank countries.

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Corporate Giving by the FTSE 100

Exploring the support given globally to charities and community causes by FTSE 100 companies.

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UK Giving

Studying giving behaviour in the UK and Ireland to assist charities, government and wider society to better understand the evolving giving landscape.

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Charity Landscape

A look into the challenges charity leaders are facing, and recommendations for government, grant makers and charities.

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Learnings from our programmes

Growing place-based giving

Insight from the Growing Place-Based Giving programme including how funders can support them and what to consider when setting one up.
Listening for the future

Based on our CAF Resilience Programme, we explore how small charities use feedback, and how they should act on it to build their organisation’s resilience.
How funders can support small charities

This report shares insight from the CAF Resilience Programme for funders and major donors looking to support small charities.

Research archive

Our research archive includes past research on:

  • The charity landscape in the UK
  • The use of charity services
  • The giving landscape in the UK
  • Using policy to strengthen the charity sector
  • Giving around the world

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Amplifying sector voices through our policy work

Our independent research and connections to policy makers, charities, and donors give us a uniquely rounded perspective – one we use to stand up for charities. Our policy recommendations help shape the future of giving.

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