CAF Resilience - for private clients


Support our new initiative and your donation will help small and medium UK charities grow more resilient.

Contact our team to donate and find out more


The turbulent economic climate and cuts in government spending have increased the pressure on small and medium sized charities as they respond to ever-increasing demand for their services. To address this need, we have launched CAF Resilience, a new pilot programme.

CAF Resilience is an exciting opportunity for private clients to partner with us and donate to support small charities.

  • New three year pilot initiative to enable donations from private clients [through their CAF Charitable Trust or CAF American Donor Fund] to make a sustained and meaningful impact on small and medium sized charities in the UK.
  • We're identifying charities that are great at what they do, but need support to ensure they are able to continue to deliver vital services to their communities for years to come.
  • Up to ten charitable organisations whose work has an 'early action' (problem prevention) focus will receive financial and professional support for up to two years.
  • Each charity will receive up to £15,000 worth of bespoke expert advice, training and support and up to £50,000 in grant funding each year. 

Not yet a CAF private client? Find out about our CAF Charitable Trust and CAF American Donor Fund.

I donated to CAF Resilience [through my CAF Charitable Trust] as it is a unique opportunity to be involved in this type of programme, with the potential for significant positive change for the charity sector. It was very easy and hassle-free to donate - my Private Client Manager arranged everything.

Paul Fry, CAF Private Client


Helping charities grow stronger

Investing in the future of great charities, which already show potential and deliver valuable work, to achieve greater social impact.

Join a new donor community

Connect with other CAF private clients who are looking to make their money go far and engage with the learning from this programme.

Influencing sector change

Steering the charity sector and receiving updates on the charities' journeys


Find out how two of our CAF Resilience charities are working with their local communities in their latest blogs.      

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About WILD Young Parents

WILD, a charity for young parents and their children based in Cornwall, believes that every young parent and child should have the best chance to be healthy, safe and happy.

Read the latest blog from WILD
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About ACE – Action in Caerau and Ely

ACE, a charity located in Cardiff, aims to bring local residents together to help manage and develop local projects, and find ways of regenerating the local community.

Read the latest blog from ACE

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."

Read Beth's article on what makes a charity resilient.


  • What opportunities do I have to engage with the charities?

    You will receive regular updates and learning reports and at the end of the programme we expect to produce a report detailing what we have learnt that will influence sector change. There will be opportunities to meet the charities on the programme and follow their journeys.

  • Can I direct my donation to a certain charity or element of the programme?

    Your donation will be used for the programme as a whole, so that we can respond to needs and share the learning in the best way possible, donations are used for a mixture of programme costs, funding activities with the charities and other ways of supporting small charities to be more resilient. We aren’t able to direct funds to specific charities.

  • How is CAF Resilience different to social investment (CAF Venturesome)?

    Social investment is usually finance that is provided to not-for-profit organisations which investors expect to receive back and should achieve social impact as well as financial impact. CAF Resilience is different in that it isn’t just supporting charities financially, it also provides advisory expertise around the areas identified as weaknesses. This help goes hand in hand with grant funding, to free up the organisation’s capacity to fully engage with the advisory and we would not expect them to repay it. For that reason, CAF Resilience uses donations not investments.

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Interested in supporting CAF Resilience to help small charities become more resilient? Call us on 03000 123 028 (lines are open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm except bank holidays).

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