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.

CAF Resilience Programme

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.

What we're doing

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 for two years. 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.

Ultimately, 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.

The programme is running with a set cohort of charities. You can find out about the charities taking part below.

Sharing the learning

This is a unique programme. Through it we hope to learn what does and doesn't enable a small charity to be more resilient. As we go along we plan to share what we're finding with the sector to support thinking about how charity resilience can be encouraged.

We also want to use the learning to educate individual donors. To help them understand more about what small charities need and how they can focus their support so these organisations can continue their vital work.

We'll be sharing our learning on this web page over the coming months.

Funding the programme

CAF Resilience is funded by philanthropic individuals who are interested in supporting smaller charities. Find out more about how their donations are supporting the progamme.

Meet the charities on the progamme

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ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely)

ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely) is a locally owned and community led organisation that works with people from West Cardiff who are suffering multiple deprivation to co-design and co-produce poverty prevention and community regeneration projects.
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Child Accident Prevention Trust

The Child Accident Prevention Trust’s mission is to reduce the numbers of children killed or seriously injured in preventable accidents.
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Encephalitis Society

Encephalitis Society is a multi-award winning charity that supports people and families affected by encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.
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Home-Start Lincolnshire

Home-Start Lincolnshire helps parents to give their children a happy and secure childhood so that they can achieve their potential.
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Hot Chocolate Trust

Hot Chocolate Trust supports isolated young people in Dundee to take responsibility for their own lives and their impact on others so that they can live fuller and healthier lives.
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The Link (Redcar) CIC

The Link is an award-winning Community Interest Company based in the North-East that provides early intervention therapeutic and support services to children and young people experiencing emotional distress and mental health problems.
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The Money Charity

The Money Charity provides early intervention training and support to help anyone, of any age, to manage their money.
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West Bromwich African Resource Centre

The West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre exists to make a positive impact on the quality of life for local people.
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WILD Young Parents’ Project

WILD Young Parents’ Project supports young parent families throughout Cornwall. The charity was started by young mums 25 years ago, meeting in each others’ homes for peer support.
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Women's Work

Women’s Work aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable women in Derbyshire.

CAF Resilience programme team

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

Heather McLoughlin

Charity Advisor

Heather delivers advisory work with charities across the UK to help build charity’s resilience. Heather will be supporting Beth Clarke on the CAF Resilience programme.

Heather has a background in policy and advocacy in the third sector. She has a background of supporting charities to understand complex government and Charity Commission regulation and policies. She has advised charities with developing policies and strategies around issues like finance, Gift Aid, GDPR and fraud. 

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