CAF Research


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

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introducing CAF's UK research

As an independent charitable foundation, CAF is uniquely placed to understand the charity sector.  Our UK research provides charities, government, individuals and companies with insight and knowledge into giving trends across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Our annual UK Giving report is the largest study of individual giving behaviour in the UK. UK Giving is augmented by monthly insights published as infographics, focussing on topics such as; trust and charity, placed based giving and contactless donations.  The Charity Street series uncovers the vital role charity plays in everyone's lives.  Our FTSE 100 giving reports analyse charitable giving trends among the country's top corporations.

All of our research and insight is free and we are happy to discuss our findings.  Subscribe and be the first to hear about our latest research.  If you have any questions, please contact the Research team.

Focus on: giving in scotland

Our latest reports on Scotland Giving and Charity Street Scotland provide a unique insight into Scottish generosity.


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Charity Street Scotland

In 2018, for the first time, we have been able to chart the use of charities by millions of Scottish people.

Read about generosity in Scotland
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Scotland Giving 2018

Our latest study provides key insights into the charitable landscape in Scotland and how these trends in giving have changed over the past two years

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UK Giving: understanding generosity

Our annual UK Giving research provides a comprehensive insight into donor behaviour, discusses the impact of key issues affecting charities and gives insight into how donors and charities are responding to significant UK events. 

For more than ten years our annual UK Giving report has been the largest study of giving in the UK.

Key findings from UK Giving 2018 include:

  • The total amount given to charity increased to £10.3 billion
  • Women remain more likely than men to participate in charitable and social activity
  • Trust in charity remains an issue with men most likely to disagree that charities are trustworthy
In addition to our annual UK Giving report we publish monthly insights on current issues facing charities. Recent topics include trust in charity, placed based giving and contactless donations.

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Proportion of total donation amount received by each cause in 2017

charity street UK

Charities play a vital role in our national life - but are we fully aware of how much good they do? Our regular reports reveal how different age groups, areas and households use and value charities in the UK today.


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Charity Street I

Read how charities played a vital role in our national life in 2014.

Visit our first Charity Street report
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Discover giving at a local level with Charity Street II

Published in 2016, Charity Street II explores how the UK public uses charitable services.

Read our insights
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Who is using charity? Find out in Charity Street III

We track the use of charitable services by households and individuals in 2018.

Visit Charity Street III

Trends in corporate giving

We reveal charitable giving trends among FTSE 100 companies and highlight the most generous industry. For the first time our 2018 research compares the British public’s perception of corporate giving by FTSE 100 companies, with the facts.


Corporate giving by the FTSE 100, 2007-2014

The FTSE 100 gave £2.5bn to good causes in 2012, a £1.2bn rise since 2007 – despite the economic downturn.

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Corporate giving by the FTSE 100, 2009-2014

Our analysis shows Britain’s biggest companies have largely protected their charitable giving in the face of falling revenues.

Read our corporate giving report
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Corporate giving 2018 by the FTSE 100

Our findings reveal the recent charitable giving trends amongst FTSE 100 companies and highlight the most generous industry.

Find out about corporate giving in the UK

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