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CAF Research and Insight

EXPLORING TRENDS AND IMPROVING KNOWLEDGE

Our research and insight programme is investigating and increasing understanding of the charity sector and charitable giving.

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About our research and insight

We have been publishing our independent research into charities and charitable giving for over 20 years.  Our work influences the decisions of charities, companies, donors, policy-makers, researchers and journalists worldwide.  Our publications are free to read and download.

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. We also publish data on CAF's Covid-19 Emergency Grant Fund and plan to grow our data sharing.

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Latest research

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World Giving Index 2021

With the challenges of Covid-19 on charitable giving around the world, this year’s World Giving Index tells a truly remarkable story.

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Covid-19: What it means for giving

Since March 2020 we have regularly polled UK charities to understand the impact of the pandemic on civil society, and monitored the public's changing attitudes to giving.

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2020 Charity Landscape report

Charity leaders reveal the challenges and opportunities they're facing in this unique year.

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UK Giving during Covid-19: A special report

Despite Covid-19, giving remains in line with previous years but restricted in-person fundraising takes toll on some key causes.

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Growing Giving in Tanzania 2020

Our research into individual giving and civil society sustainability in Tanzania.

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European policy responses to Covid-19

How are governments reacting in the light of the Covid-19 crisis?

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UK and International research hubs


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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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Giving in the UK

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

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Publications Library

From UK Giving to the World Giving Index, for nearly 20 years our research has provided free, independent insight and knowledge.  Our world-class publications inform charities, philanthropists, governments and companies around the world with unique information on charity and giving.
  
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Research and insight blog

Our blog provides expert insight and commentary around our charities and giving research programme.  All of our research is free to read, download and share.
  • 6 April 2020 

    What are people thinking during Covid-19 in terms of giving?

    How are charities and the act of giving being viewed during the coronavirus pandemic? With much of the world in lockdown, and many of the year’s biggest charity events and fundraisers cancelled or postponed, CAF has gauged how the public is responding.

  • 31 March 2020 

    What is our insight telling us?

    Our Head of Research, Susan Pinkney, will be providing updates to support the charities that CAF serves throughout the pandemic. These updates will include CAF’s own research but also horizon scanning and summaries of some of the work being done by some bigger research agencies.


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

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