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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Giving in the UK

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

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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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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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

2019 Charity Landscape Report

Our research with charity leaders reveals almost two-thirds believe that Brexit will have a negative impact on their work.

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World Giving Index 2018

See which countries are the most generous, as we reveal where 146 countries rank for three giving areas: donating money, volunteering and helping a stranger.

Take a look at the results
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 latest UK Giving report.

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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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    What young people would do for charity

    Three quarters of 16-24 year olds would do something daring for charity. But what would they do for a good cause? And just how daring are they?
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    Students and social responsibility

    In this infographic we look at how the UK's students get involved in social responsibility.
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    Giving in Christmas

    For this month's research we look at what drives people when it comes to giving to charity this Christmas, as well as how many of us are willing to give up a present to donating to charity instead.

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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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