Exploring trends and improving knowledge

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.  

Or use our Charity Trends website to access the data of over 160,000 charities.

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Campaigning for the sector

We campaign for changes in policy and legislation to improve the giving environment and to secure supportive legal, fiscal and regulatory conditions for donors, charities and social enterprises

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Our Global Alliance

We have spent over 30 years helping people give effectively and strategically to causes around the world

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We are Charities Aid Foundation

Motivating society to give ever more effectively, helping to transform lives and communities around the world

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