Searching for a charity
Our database holds details of thousands of charities based in
the United Kingdom.
The fewer search criteria you use, the more likely you are to
find matches in our database. However, you may want to find
charities in a particular cause area or location. The filters
described below will help you focus your search and find the
charity you are looking for.
Think of a keyword or phrase that
best sums up what you want to find. This might be:
- the name of a charity, eg 'Charities Aid Foundation'
- a cause area, eg 'famine relief'
- a beneficiary group, eg 'support for parents of autistic
- a location, eg 'Whitstable'
- a medical condition, eg 'cancer'
Can't remember the exact
spelling of a charity? You can use a "wildcard" to increase the
chances of finding a match. For example, entering 'barnardo*' as a
keyword will find all instances of the charity Barnardo's.
Ticking the 'exact match' box
will return results which precisely match your search terms. You
can use this to limit the number of results.
For example, you might know that the name of the charity you are
looking for includes the term 'child welfare'. However, a search
using this phrase returns over 120 results. If you tick the 'exact
match' box, the number of results are reduced to fewer than 30,
making it easier to find the charity you want.
You can filter your
search results based on the charity's location - this is
restricted to charities based within the United Kingdom. Just enter
a town, city or postcode, and the results will be limited to
charities based within a five mile radius.
Used together with the 'Charity location' field, this allows you to
change the radius to ten or twenty-five miles.
Charities operating outside UK*
Ticking the 'Charities operating outside UK' box will include only
those charities based or operating outside the United Kingdom.
You can narrow your
search based on the activity area of the charity.
You can filter your search
results based on the annual income of the charity. The income bands
- under £1,000 per annum
- £1,000 - £9,999 per annum
- £10,000 - £99,999 per annum
- £100,000 - £249,999 per annum
- £250,000 - £999,999 per annum
- £1 million - £1.5 million
- £1.6 million - £9.9 million
- over £10 million per annum
Choosing a charity from the results
search results display a list of the charities that match your
criteria. The number of charities found is shown at the top of the
The results are listed in order of relevance, so the charities
that most closely match your search criteria will be first in the
You can sort the results using the links above the table.
If you want to read a charity's profile, click on its name.
If you can't find the charity you want, or there are too many
results, you can refine your search and try again.
Viewing a charity's profile
profile page displays information about the charity:
- Mission statement
Details of the charity's activities and cause
- Contact details
Address, telephone number, website and email
- Financial information
The charity's income and expenditure
- Area of operation
Whether the charity operates locally, nationally or overseas
Making a donation
Once you have chosen a charity, you can click the 'Donate' link on
either the search results page or on the charity's profile
You will then be asked to select a method of donation:
- From your CAF Charity Account: You will be asked to log into your account. You will have the
option of proceeding with your donation, or searching again for
another charity to donate to.
- Using a credit/debit card: Make a one-off donation to the charity using your credit or debit
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* Please note that using the advanced options may mean that some
charities will be excluded from the search results. This is because
we don't have information such as income range for every