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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2022 Charity Landscape Report

Charity leaders tell us about the obstacles and opportunities their organisations are currently facing.

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The UK Giving Report 2021

This report marks the continuation of our examination of the impact of Covid-19 on the UK Giving landscape.

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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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DIGITAL FOR GOOD: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI launched its new research series, Digital for Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving. Its UK report has been developed in collaboration with CAF, and chronicles insights regarding emerging trends in charitable giving in the UK.

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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.
  • 15 April 2020 

    Funding for charities - is it enough?

    CAF’s Head of Research, Susan Pinkney, examines aid for charities and asks if  COVID-19 donations will draw funds away from other good causes.
  • 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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