CAF Resilience Programme



CAF Resilience is a programme to help smaller charities strengthen their long-term organisational health, so they can continue delivering vital services for their communities.

About the CAF Resilience Programme

CAF Resilience is a programme to test out how we, and others in the sector, can help small charities ensure their long term survival, and the continuation of the vital services they provide.

Through this initiative, ten small to medium sized charities in the UK, whose work has a 'problem prevention' focus, are receiving grant funding, alongside bespoke advice and training. The grant is ring fenced to give staff time to focus on organisational development not delivery. It’s about developing the resilience of the charity, whatever that looks like for them, without a predefined outcome.

In return for this support to build their resilience, the selected organisations have formed a learning community, working with us to encourage further philanthropic giving that supports this goal.

We hope that what we learn will inspire more major donors to support charities in planning for the longer term; to strengthen their organisational health and help secure the continued delivery of services that people depend upon.

Take a look at the Theory of Change for the programme.

What we're learning

Through the programme we are learning what does and doesn't enable a small charity to be more resilient. As we go along we are starting to share what we're finding with the sector to support thinking about how charity resilience can be encouraged.

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How funders can support small charities

This report share insight from our CAF Resilience programme on how funders can do more to support the long term organisational health of small charities.
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Listening for the future

This report explores how small charities listen and respond to feedback. It shares ways they can improve their feedback processes, and includes advice for funders who wish to support small charities.

Six characteristics of a resilient charity

What does a resilient charity look like? The CAF Resilience programme has noticed six characteristics that show an organisation has the potential to be resilient.

Case studies from charities on the programme

Young mums by the seaside who are supported by  WILD Young Parents' Project in Cornwall

WILD Young Parents' Project

Winning the GSK Impact Award, charity manager, Jo, tells us about the strides WILD has made with the support of our advisory team.

Read how we've helped WILD
Young adults supported by Hot Chocolate Trust are taking part in a creative production

Hot Chocolate Trust

Charity Director, Dave Close, reflects on how the programme is helping to 'future-proof' the vital work they do.

Read Hot Chocolate's story
People carrying food and clothes donations at Action in Caerau and Ely


With the help of the programme, ACE is working towards to a more sustainable future with a new business plan.

Find out what ACE are doing

CAF Resilience programme team

Beth Clarke

Beth Clarke

Programme Manager, CAF Resilience

"CAF Resilience is an incredibly exciting programme. We know that many philanthropic individuals are interested in supporting smaller charities but want to know how they can do this in a way that helps the charity to become more resilient. Supporting a small number of organisations over a few years, CAF will be able to learn what works and just as importantly what doesn’t, and share this learning with other charities, funders, as well as donors who are interested in giving in impactful ways."

Blogs and articles by Beth:

Critical lessons for charity trustees
Lets celebrate those leading small charities
Building a resilient charity sector

Email Beth to talk to us about the CAF Resilience programme and the lessons we’re learning.

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