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Discover insights into donor behaviour, key issues affecting civil society and responses to significant world events.

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introducing CAF's international research

Our international research offers unique insight into global generosity.  We work with our network of international offices to study and understand donor behaviour and the challenges facing civil society across the world. 

The annual CAF World Giving Index report is the only comprehensive study of its kind. In it we explore how different countries encourage giving to charity, volunteering time and their attitudes to helping a stranger. We've taken this study further to explore giving in detail from individual countries.  Our country focus reports reveal key giving facts and trends from Brazil, Canada, India, Russia, South Africa and the USA. The Beyond Integrity report examines how some companies are going above and beyond their traditional role to protect civic space.

All of our research and insight is free and we are happy to discuss our findings.  If you have any questions, please contact the Research team.
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Spotlight: Brazil giving 2019

We are delighted to launch the second edition of the Brazil Giving report, looking at giving across Brazil.

The Brazil Giving report provides unique insight into how people give, their motivations and which causes they support.

Discover Brazil Giving

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Russia Giving 2019

Our research reveals the key facts and trends in charitable giving in Russia.

Read about giving in Russia

South Africa Giving 2019

Our research reveals key facts on civic participation and giving trends in South Africa.

Learn about giving in South Africa
Brazil Giving 2019

Brazil Giving 2019

Our research reveals the key facts and trends of charitable giving in Brazil.

Discover giving in Brazil

USA Giving 2017

Our research reveals the key facts and trends in charitable giving in the US.

Learn about giving in the USA

Canada Giving 2017

Our research reveals the key facts and trends in charitable giving in Canada

Read about giving in Canada
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India Giving 2017

Our unique research provides a robust and insightful view of the current giving landscape.

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October 2018

Now in its ninth year, the CAF World Giving Index looks at charitable behaviour around the world and shares insights into the nature of giving and trends in global generosity.

The CAF World Giving Index 2018 is based on data collected over a five year period (2013-2017). It includes results from 146 countries collected throughout 2017.

Each country is ranked for three giving behaviours: helping a strange, donating money and volunteering time.

Here’s just a few of the key findings:

  • More people around the world reported helping a stranger and volunteering their time in 2017, but the proportion donating money has declined for the second year in a row.
  • The giving scores of the top 20 Western countries bounced back this year, and most are now in line with their pre-2016 scores. When taken as a group, developed countries have seen an improvement across all three giving areas.
  • The giving gap between continents has narrowed in recent years.

Discover 2018 giving across the world

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Beyond Integrity

Exploring the role of business in preserving civil society

The Beyond Integrity report was produced by CAF in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and examines how some companies are going above and beyond their traditional role to protect civic space.

Insights include:

  • Privately held dialogues between key stakeholders and host governments can be as effective as public challenge.
  • Leveraging formal and informal networks is key in convincing corporations to act on behalf of civil society.
  • Firms in consumer-facing industries are responsive to large-scale social movements.
Our case studies from Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia and Angola reveal how companies are speaking up and taking a lead in protecting civil society.  Explore the Beyond Integrity report.


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