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CAF Research

EXPLORING TRENDS AND IMPROVING KNOWLEDGE

Our research programme is focussed on investigating and increasing understanding of charitable giving and philanthropy.

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ABOUT OUR RESEARCH

Our research programme is focussed on investigating and increasing understanding of charitable giving and philanthropy.  We provide free research and analysis helping to influence the decisions of charities, companies, donors, policy-makers, researchers and journalists worldwide.

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.

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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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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Our reports are free to read and download. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
  
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Wales Giving 2019

Our first Wales Giving report provides unique insight into Welsh generosity and the challenges for charity in the region.

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UK Giving

CAF UK Giving 2019

The number of people in the UK regularly giving to charity has declined for the third year in a row, according to our UK Giving report. Understand why in our latest report.

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CAF World Giving Index 2017

CAF World Giving Index 10th edition

Now with a decade’s worth of data, we reveal the most generous countries and analyse long term giving trends around the globe.

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MONTHLY INSIGHTS INTO UK GIVING

Each month we ask more than 1000 UK adults about their giving behaviour and their thoughts on current charity issues. We publish our findings as a free infographic.  Sign up to receive our latest research by email.
  
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    How should the plastic bag levy be used?

    In October we asked the UK public whether the plastic bag levy has been a positive step and what they think the proceeds should be used for.
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    Charities role in the climate change debate

    To find out what role charities should play in the growing climate change debate, in September we asked people who they thought had most effectively led the climate change conversation.
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    Can charities bring the country back together?

    The UK is split. That's been the overwhelming message since the EU referendum in 2016. So for August's UK Giving infographic we asked the public if they thought charities could play a role in bringing the country back together.
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Our research programme is focussed on investigating and increasing understanding of charitable giving and philanthropy.

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Making the most of our insight

We publish specialist resources to help philanthropists, charity trustees and fundraisers make a big difference to charity every day.  Our Head of Research Susan Pinkney is a popular public speaker, sharing her extensive knowledge of the charity sector in an engaging, informative way.
  
  

Resources for charity trustees


Good governance is essential for charities to be effective, accountable and sustainable. Explore our useful resources for charity trustees and leaders.

Insight for social investors


Our latest collection of publications, videos and blog posts offers expert insights into the latest trends in philanthropy.

Speaker profile: Susan Pinkney


Head of Research, Susan has extensive public speaking experience and is an expert on explaining how the UK and the world gives.


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