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World Giving Index 2023

March 22, 2024

This Index sheds light on the generosity of individuals worldwide, showcasing the positive impact of global philanthropy against the backdrop of global instability.

UK Giving Report 2022

June 28, 2022

The UK Giving report explores people's giving habits throughout the lockdowns of early 2021 and how they have changed with the easing of pandemic restrictions. These changing patterns continued into the first quarter of 2022, against the backdrop of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the rising cost of living.This report highlights key trends that will assist charities, policymakers, and wider society to better understand the UK's changing giving landscape. The research is based on monthly interviews conducted online throughout 2021, as well as more recent polling from the first quarter of 2022 (c. 18,000 interviews in total). Some longer-term trend analysis is also included, using monthly data since May 2016. 

Digital for Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving - United Kingdom

May 5, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally altered many aspects of day-to-day life and the philanthropic sector in the United Kingdom (UK). Pandemic restrictions limited in-person interactions and accelerated an already growing digitalization of the UK philanthropic sector. However, past research found no conclusive evidence of the degree to which digital interactions will replace in-person fundraising. While 2020 witnessed a growth in online donations alongside a drop in cash donations, only a little more than a quarter of charities said digital fundraising was as effective as in-person fundraising.Key findings do affirm some pre-pandemic trends in giving methods in the UK. There was a marked increase in the proportion of people giving via website or app, which occurred at the same time as a decrease in donors giving via cash. Younger people donate online more than older adults, yet older age groups have also engaged more with online giving. On average, 60 percent of donors' gifts were made online in the 12 months prior to this study.Nevertheless, the findings also suggest that philanthropy will retain a human element. Most who used social media to request donations from family and friends also tended to make those requests in-person. And most British people expect that in the future we will give digitally rather than in cash, but almost half expected this to occur via in-person contactless donations tins.Overall, this report concludes that the post-pandemic fundraising landscape seems more likely to develop as a hybrid one, where online interactions complement—rather than substitute—offline interactions.

India Giving 2021: An Overview of Charitable Giving in India

September 20, 2021

The India Giving report 2021 shines a light on the individual giving landscape in India. This year, India Giving explores why and how people donate their time and money to social causes. Of the 2,053 people interviewed, 85% had taken a charitable action in response to Covid-19. A majority of people gave money directly to poor families, followed by donations to religious institutions, and then non-profit organisations.This year, the survey also gauged the level of trust in non-profit organisations and whether the government and businesses should support them. The results were positive with most people agreeing that non-profits need the support of both governments and businesses. This is quite encouraging, given the challenges faced by the non-profit sector over the past year when the regulatory landscape was made more stringent and NGOs faced difficulties in raising funds for their activities. 

World Giving Index 2021

June 10, 2021

CAF has been producing its World Giving Index for more than a decade. The first CAF World Giving Index was published in the wake of the global financial crisis, and now this long running study has given us the opportunity to look at how a new global crisis – the Covid-19 pandemic – has impacted giving around the world.The study provides combined insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world and looks at three aspects of giving behaviour and asks: Have you done any of the following in the past month?Helped a stranger, or someone you didn't know who needed help?Donated money to a charity?Volunteered your time to an organisation?

The Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons in Compassion, Innovation and Resilience

February 1, 2021

Though on the frontline of the COVID-19 response and more attuned to the shifting needs of vulnerable communities than any other sector, civil society has been an afterthought in the official response around the world: sidelined as a potential strategic partner and overlooked as being in desperate need of support to survive.This striking lack of recognition has exposed three fundamental needs that we as a global community have to meet in the future, and that will be explored in this report:The need to champion emergency solutions that are global in scale, nuanced by local, regional and national need and that leverage, rather than sideline, civil society organisations (CSOs)The need for collective advocacy of civil society and the invaluable role it plays in strengthening wider societyThe need to facilitate the giving that will support future civil society and enable us to emerge as a more united, responsive and compassionate world.

CAF Charity Coronavirus Briefing: 3 Months into Lockdown, How Are Charities in the UK Faring?

June 1, 2020

We at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have been conducting research amongst charities for years. In these unprecedented times that we find ourselves in due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have increased the frequency we have been surveying charities, conducting a series of short surveys with charities to help inform the sector and beyond since 17th March. These surveys have been sent out by CAF via email to our charity clients (base sizes for each survey shown on the following charts) with surveys completed quickly to obtain a snapshot.On 23rd March the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a televised address that brought in widespread lockdown measures. Three months on from that, we wanted to bring together all of our charity insight into this single briefing paper. We hope this paper adds to the debate around charities at this time. We will continue to publish our research as we conduct it, and this will be available on our specially created COVID-19 research hub https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/research/coronavirus-and-charitable-giving.

National policy responses for philanthropy and civil society across Europe in the context of COVID-19

May 1, 2020

This paper consolidates the major elements of a discussion on European governments' policy responses to supporting civil society and facilitating philanthropy and individual giving in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

CAF UK Giving Coronavirus Briefing: How Charities and Donors Are Reacting to COVID-19

April 1, 2020

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has been conducting research into giving behaviours across the UK for decades. In these unprecedented times that we find ourselves in due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have been monitoring public reactions to charitable giving as well as talking to charities about their concerns. As such, since 17th March, CAF has conducted a number of one-question surveys with charities (pulse surveys) to measure the mood as things very quickly evolve. These have been sent out by CAF via email to our charity clients (base sizes for each survey shown on the charts below) with surveys completed quickly to obtain a snapshot.In addition, as part of CAF's ongoing polling work with YouGov, we used our late March survey to ask the general public questions around charitable giving and COVID-19. By way of context, this survey was carried out just after the UK Government introduced new 14 day self-isolation guidance for any household where someone was unwell, through to just after the Prime Minister gave his March 23rd televised address to the nation that brought in widespread lockdown measures. We also conducted an overnight poll on 17th and 18th March to ask some benchmark questions.

New Reality. How COVID-19 Is Changing the Work of Russian NGOs

March 1, 2020

From March 18 to March 23, CAF Russia polled more than 230 NGOs across Russia to find out how the threat of the coronavirus pandemics affects the work of their organizations. The survey covered organizations from 48 regions. A quarter of respondents were from Moscow, 13% from the Moscow region, 9% from St. Petersburg and more than half (53%) of the survey participants came from other regions of Russia.

The SDG Giving Landscape: An Insight into Philanthropic Giving to the SDGs

October 24, 2019

CAF America's report explores the SDG landscape that has emerged based on its donors' philanthropic giving since the goals entered into force on January 1st, 2016. It looks at the SDGs that rose to the top based on the level of support received and provides a window into how priorities have shifted year-by-year. In a regional and source-based setting, the report tracks the charitable giving of corporate, foundation, and individual donors through CAF America.

CAF World Giving Index

October 1, 2019

Over the past decade we've analysed charitable behaviour around the globe in a study which has surveyed more than 1.3 million people to find out how they give. The CAF World Giving Index 10th Edition provides a decade's worth of combined insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world and looks at three aspects of giving behaviour and asks: Have you done any of the following in the past month?Helped a stranger, or someone you didn't know who needed help?Donated money to a charity?Volunteered your time to an organisation?