Local insight and support


Welcome to our collection of resources for charities based in South West England. We would welcome your feedback or ideas for future articles.

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Ben Harris


In my role helping charities to make a bigger impact, I meet many ambitious organisations and groups working within communities across South West England.

Local charities work tirelessly to tackle the effects of the region’s challenges: the economic reliance on seasonal industries, a shortage of affordable housing, supporting an ageing population and connecting remote rural communities, to name a few. From my experience though, their vital work also demonstrates some of our region’s key assets - resourcefulness, enterprise and readiness to join together to achieve a shared goal.

So we're celebrating the impact of charities in the South West who are helping local communities to thrive and grow. This ethos shines through in the projects we have supported across the region - from converting a derelict foundry into a base for fledgling businesses, and extending a church to create a community space for a growing parish, to helping a community-led scheme develop much-needed affordable housing.

To help shape your charity's future plans, we have collected together some useful resources, including a fascinating Giving in South West England infographic, comparing giving levels in our region with those nationally.

If you're looking for help to deliver your charity's vision or to get a mission-boosting project off the ground, find out how we can help and get in touch with me today.


Across South West England, we've helped a wide variety of charities and community-led organisations, to fund their future goals, strengthen resilience and grow the impact of their work. Here are some of their stories.

Former foundry drives local regeneration

A heritage project is transforming a once declining Cornish town into a thriving enterprise hub.

Read Harvey's Foundry's story

Growing appetite for school dinners

How social investment helped Local Food Links to meet the demand for healthy school dinners in Dorset.

Read Local Food Link's story
Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Planting seeds to grow a community

How we helped Lawrence Weston Community Farm in Bristol to develop their corporate donor strategy.

Find out what we did

Raising the roof for a higher purpose

Serving a growing parish, St Michael’s Church expanded its facilities to create a hub for the community, with the help of CAF Bank.

How the project was funded

Developing affordable housing

How a Community Land Trust funded the development of eight affordable homes, with support from CAF Venturesome and CAF Bank.

Read the story


Throughout the year, we share insight for charity leaders and trustees, on funding, diversifying income, strategic planning and governance matters. Here's where you'll find our latest blogs, research and campaigns.

Giving Tuesday 2018


Giving Tuesday 2018

It's Giving Tuesday on the 27 November! Find out how you can use the campaign to boost your charity's fundraising.

Find out how to get involved


Giving in the South West

A snapshot of how charitable giving in South West England compares to UK-wide levels.

Download our infographic
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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


We're a charity, owner of a bank and a champion for better giving. Take a look at our financial, fundraising and strategic consultancy services, designed with charities in mind.

Banking services

We make it easy to manage your charity's day-to-day banking in a way that suits you.

Check out our charity current account


Borrowing is one way of kick-starting your projects and achieving your goals more quickly than fundraising alone.

Find flexible finance


Whether you’re new to investing or you’ve been investing for years, our resources can help you understand charity investing.

Visit the investment knowledge centre

Savings accounts

We offer a range of savings accounts to help you generate extra income from your charity’s money.

Compare our deposit accounts

Fundraising tools and advice

Our fundraising tools, blogs, articles and guides are here to help you fundraise more effectively.

Explore the hub
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Strategic consultancy

Our experienced advisers are here to share their expertise and help you build on your charity's strengths.

See how our advisers can help you


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Whatever your size, we provide solutions for funding and financing your charity's needs.

Fundraising tools, tips and resources

Our digital fundraising tools, tips, and resources are here to help charities reach more donors, generate more income and impact more lives.

UK Giving

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