Our team of charity advisors work with charities that want to build their long-term resilience.

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We help charities become financially sustainable and resilient, so that you can perform at your best and make a bigger impact.

Our bespoke consultancy service is here for charities of all sizes and at all stages of development.

Take a look at how we helped Lawrence Weston Community Farm in Bristol to develop their corporate supporter strategy...



We're a leading, long-established charity ourselves, with decades of experience supporting organisations like yours to keep making an impact.

Insight and understanding

More than 16,000 UK not-for-profit organisations use our financial and fundraising services, giving us an excellent understanding of the sector.

We also work with 70% of FTSE 100 companies, around 3,000 major donors and manage nearly £2 billion of philanthropic capital.

All this means we're well placed to help you understand what motivates donors and how to attract support for your cause or area.

Catalyst for change

CAF leads high-profile campaigns, such as #GivingTuesday, engages policy-makers and produces widely respected research to help encourage and improve the climate for charitable giving.

We will draw on this world-class research and expertise in the sector to develop our proposal for you.

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Strategic planning

We can help transform your ideas into strategies that will produce results over the long-term. We'll work with you to identify your options, deliver the agreed course of action and articulate the impact.

Diversifying your income

We can help you draw up a plan to strengthen cash flow, decide which untapped sources of funding offer the best potential and support you in developing a fundraising strategy to capitalise on these opportunities.

Board development

We can advise you on structuring and recruiting your board, make sure you're working together as a team, and review how well your organisation's governance meets its obligations.


Whether you need help with a small project or are planning organisation-wide change, you can call upon as much or as little of our support as you need. Think of us as an extension of your team, offering insight and support in a number of areas. 

These are just some of the ways that we can work with you. Contact us for a chat about what we offer and how we can help you.

A critical friend

Use us as a sounding board to help test propositions and shape models or as a coach providing support for new members.


We can facilitate interviews, focus groups or working parties to help you explore challenges or opportunities and consider potential options.


We can undertake market and competitor analysis on your behalf to give you the insight you need make decisions.


As a charity ourselves we understand that it can be hard to justify spending your funds on consultancy work. We're here to help charities, not make money out of them, and so our fees are based fairly on your requirements.

Some of the charities we work with do pay from their own funds. However the majority have this work funded on their behalf and this may be something you wish to explore.

How charities funded our work in the last year

Funding our charity consultancy


Fill out our contact us form. We'll then arrange a time for an informal discussion to go over what you might need.


Our team of charity advisors have a wealth of expertise advising charities. Find out who they are.

Some of our advisory work with charities

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre logo

Supporting Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre to be a more resilient charity

The Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre is now developing plans to be a more resilient charity and reach out to even more people.
Lawrence Weston Community Farm logo

Planting seeds to grow a community

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

Developing a corporate support strategy

Read how we worked with Bristol-based charity Unseen to develop a corporate support strategy to help them continue deliver their impactful work.
Empty Homes logo

Helping a charity to diversify their income

In 2017 we worked with Empty Homes to identify different ways they could generate funds.

Have an enquiry?


Whether you’re a charity looking for expert guidance, a grantmaker or foundation looking to work with us, or an event manager looking for a speaker, this is the place to start.

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Building the resilience of charities

CAF Resilience is a pilot programme to test out how we at CAF, and others in the sector, can help small charities to be more resilient.

Supporting small charity chief executives

In this blog, Beth Clarke examines the role of a small charity leader and calls for more support to be given to them.

Critical lessons for charity trustees

Beth Clarke talks about her experience as a trustee of a charity that closed down. Find out her lessons for other trustees and boards.

Income diversification: five things charity leaders need to consider

In this blog, Steph Taylor shares the key things boards should consider if they want to progress towards a more sustainable future.

Diversifying your income

Fundraising comes in many forms; we’ve got some ideas on how to bring in money for your charity.


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