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Your COVID-19 Philanthropy Hub


Access the latest funding, resources, and insight to help the UK charity sector survive the pandemic.


Many of you are deeply concerned about the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak. Not just for your health and the health of your loved ones, but for society’s most vulnerable and the charities that support them. At CAF, we are too.

We have recently launched the CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund, a £5million grant programme. The fund provides grants of up to £10,000 to UK-based smaller charitable organisations that have been directly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more here.

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CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund


You can donate to the fund from your CAF Charitable Trust or your CAF American Donor Fund. Contact your Private Client Manager or the team for more information.

Contact our Private Client Team

Global Support: World Health Organisation launch fund to support at-risk communities

The World Health Organisation is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the outbreak. You can make donations through your CAF Account.

Donate to WHO COVID-19 fund


National Support: The Coronavirus Appeal launches in the UK

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is launching a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak. You can make a donation to support this appeal from your CAF Account. Alternatively you can support them directly.

Donate via NET’s appeal page


The below are examples of charities carrying out specific work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are aware that there are many more UK charities carrying out important work, and so the below should serve as a reference point. Please get in touch with us if you wish to explore other options.


Ten charities across the UK, from Crisis to smaller organisations, wrote a letter to the Prime Minsiter urging the government to make extra provisions for rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Charities included:  CrisisCentrepointShelter CymruHomeless Network ScotlandThames ReachGroundswell and The Passage


Mental Health

Mind has two confidential helplines (Mind Infoline and Legal line) to provide mental health information services. They also offer an online community (Elefriends), to provide people with a safe space to listen, share and be heard. The Mental Health Foundation is also part of the UK’s mental health response to COVID-19.


Vulnerable Elderly Populations

Age UK offers befriending services (phone or in person), information and advice (including a confidential advice line). The London Irish Centre launched a St Patrick’s appeal to provide additional services to the elderly. Crisis Aid has launched a coronavirus emergency fund where a team will be working around the clock checking on elderly and vulnerable people.


Vulnerable children and young people

WellChild set-up a special resilience fund to tackle the consequences of COVID-19. Schools across the UK are partnering with Feeding Britain to offer food packages to families and their children in light of school closures.NSPCC has seen an increased number of calls from their Childline helpline from young people calling with anxieties about coronavirus.



Trussell Trust they have launched an appeal for coronavirus and foodbanks. FareShare has a national network of charitable food redistributors supporting charities and community groups. They have called for more funding, food and volunteers for the COVID-19 response.  Oasis UK has launched a coronavirus appeal to support those suffering from food poverty.


Domestic Violence

10 UK charities came together to write a statement to the Government, urging it to put in place appropriate funding and resources to support victims of domestic abuse. Chayn has launched a Telegram for victims of domestic violence during this crisis. Women’s Aid are working with partner organisations across the country to support  their COVID-19 response.



Find links to the latest advice for charities and their trustees during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as expert fundraising tips and resources.

Advice guidance support

COVID-19 advice from NCVO

CAF is a member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). The NCVO are collating and updating information on Coronavirus/COVID-19, focussing on advice for charities you support.

NCVO's COVID-19 resources for charities

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Charity Fundraising support from CAF

Our charity fundraising tips, advice and resources are here to help you reach more donors, generate more income and impact more lives.

Access fundraising tools and tips



1. Consider giving unrestricted donations

Unrestricted donations to the charities you support will help ensure that they have the flexibility to direct the money to where it is needed the most.



3. Speak to your grantees

Work with them to understand the new challenges they are facing and consider funding these.

Corporate Advisory

2. Bring forward your planned giving

If you normally give later in the year, consider making the donations today, the charities need the funding now.


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4. Do your research and be imaginative

Look beyond the news headlines, there might be new emerging vulnerable groups in your area of interest or community who need urgent support.


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28 May 2020 

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund Private Client facilitated conversation 11 May 2020

On Monday, May 11 we hosted an update on progress of the fund for our Private Clients over Zoom, with Monica Brown, CAF Head of Charities Advisory & Programs, and Lorna Belsey, Senior Manager of Grant Making Operations. Here is a summary of the discussion.

27 May 2020 

Martin Lewis: My Coronavirus Fund – £3.4m donated to 415 charities – how we selected, who got it, and some thanks

Martin Lewis, a passionate philanthropist and one of our Private Clients, set up his own Coronavirus Fund focused on tackling poverty. The fund aims to get help where it is needed at speed, to support charities and to make a public statement to encourage other philanthropists to give. The total distributed is £3,414,143 to 415 small local charities (or organisations with charitable status). That's an average of over £8,000 per charity.
26 May 2020 

The Coronavirus Crisis – how charities need our help more than ever

Our Head of Private Clients, Mark Greer explains how the unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic means charities require our support more than ever.

22 May 2020 

COVID-19 guide for donors, philanthropists and family foundations - Issue 7

This weekly guide provides information on the funding options for private individuals who wish to donate funds to organisations tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.
21 May 2020 

COVID-19 guide for donors, philanthropists and family foundations - Issue 6

This weekly guide provides information on the funding options for private individuals who wish to donate funds to organisations tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.
4 May 2020 

Weekly guide on funding options

This weekly guide provides information on the funding options for private individuals who wish to donate funds to organisations tackling the COVID19 pandemic in the UK. The information is updated and augmented weekly.

4 May 2020 

CAF Venturesome update

In these extraordinarily challenging times, the impact on social enterprises and charities will be significant.   CAF Venturesome has a portfolio of over 130 current social investments, and we have spent the past few weeks working closely with as many of them as we can to understand what they’re facing and how we can support them.
1 May 2020 

Philanthropy and its role during the COVID-19 crisis

On 16th April 2020, we hosted a virtual private client conversation on CAF’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation moved to clients sharing their responses to the COVID-19 crisis and how they would like CAF to support them during this time. 
23 April 2020 

Webinar on how charities and donors are reacting to coronavirus – 11.00am on Thursday 30 April

Join leading experts and ask your questions as you learn about CAF’s latest insight into the impact of COVID-19 among donors and charities.
23 April 2020 

Bulletin for donors, philanthropists and family foundations - Issue 3 - Thursday 23rd April

This weekly guide provides information on the funding options for private individuals who wish to donate funds to organisations tackling the COVID19 pandemic in the UK. The information will be updated and augmented weekly during the acute phase of the crisis. 
21 April 2020 

#GivingTuesdayNow - a response to Coronavirus


#GivingTuesdayNow is on Tuesday the 5th May and is a global day of unity in response to Coronavirus. A day where we can all come together to recognise, celebrate and give thanks for the incredible outpouring of compassion we have witnessed during this crisis.

17 April 2020 

The 2.6 challenge

Sunday 26 April would have been the date of the London Marathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising event which raised £66.4 million in 2019. Now, the UK’s mass participation event industry has come together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide fundraising campaign to Save the UK’s Charities.

7 April 2020 

The Beacon Collaborative pulls together a COVID-19 pan-organisational working group across the sector

Our Director of Philanthropy and Development, David Stead is part of the group which aims to help provide clarity to donors and charities about what is available to fund. Click here to download the first weekly bulletin.
7 April 2020 

Charities need ‘unrestricted’ donations right now

Our Head of Private Clients Mark Greer explains why HNWs must give more now – and why their money will go further than then ever in the current emergency.
31 March 2020 

What is our insight telling us?

Our Head of Research, Susan Pinkney, will be providing updates to support the charities that CAF serves throughout the pandemic. These updates will include CAF’s own research but also horizon scanning and summaries of some of the work being done by some bigger research agencies.
18 March 2020 

What can donors do about the pandemic?

Charities are on the forefront of tackling the impact of the pandemic and helping people in need, here's how you can help.