About Charities Aid foundation 

We are a leading charity and bank seeking to connect vital organisations, institutions and individuals working to ensure everyone has a stake in the future. We exist to accelerate progress in society towards a fair and sustainable future for all.

For over 95 years, we’ve acted as a meeting point for companies, private philanthropists, fellow foundations, governments, charities and not-for-profit enterprises. Our independence, expertise and international reach enable hundreds of millions of pounds each year to move across sectors and borders and arrive safely with thousands of charities to make a greater impact.

CAF group consists of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in the UK, including CAF Bank; CAF America; and CAF Canada.

We also lead an international network of like-minded charitable organisations. We collaborate to inspire innovation, share best practice and improve cross-border giving in support of civil society.


We enable charities and social enterprises to do more life-changing work through our advisory services, funding and finance solutions.

These include strategy and planning, banking, investments, fundraising tools and social investment.


We partner with companies and private donors to realise greater impact with their giving.

Our regulatory expertise and sector-leading charity validation ensure effective, quick and safe cross-border giving.

Public sector

We work with governments, non-profit organisations and charity partners to achieve maximum impact, including delivering large-scale grantmaking programmes.

We act as a voice of the charitable sector with Government, policymakers and regulators to ensure appropriate conditions for donors, charities and social enterprises.

How we deliver for charities

Enabling charities to do more for their communities.

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North East Young Dads and Lads: Finding corporate partners

How the young men's charity diversified their income and strengthened their long-term sustainability with our charity advisory support.

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Snowdrop Project: Creating stability and safety with a permanent home

How the trafficking charity secured a new home to continue its vital work with a loan from CAF Bank.


HISBE: Making sustainable food accessible to all

How sustainable social enterprise HISBE Food opened its first and second stores with social investment from CAF Venturesome.

How we deliver for companies 

Supporting corporate giving programmes to deliver real social impact.

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AstraZeneca: Partnering to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals

How AstraZeneca have reached 12m+ young people in tackling non-communicable diseases with our grantmaking and verification support.

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Johnson Matthey: Aligning strategy with purpose

How Johnson Matthey are improving access to STEM education with their flagship global community impact programme, Science and Me, with our advisory support.

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M&S: Using the Sparks card for good

How M&S have enabled customers to take action with their Sparks card through our giving vehicles and services.

How we deliver for individuals 

Empowering individuals to give with greater impact.

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Martin Lewis: Achieving long-term social impact

How the consumer champion uses a CAF Charitable Trust to give strategically to the causes that matter to him.

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Trevor Dickety: Funding a high-impact project

How the philanthropist funded a year-long project to break the cycle of poverty in Burkina Faso through his CAF Charitable Trust.

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Jean Williams: Tackling rural isolation stitch by stitch

How a CAF Legacy gift is funding a local sewing group in Wales to help share skills and combat loneliness.


Our thought leadership in research, insight and policy work helps inform and shape the giving landscape in the UK and around the world. Our expertise is routinely sought to represent the sector and offer constructive and informed views to bring clarity to public debates in support of the work charities do.

News and commentary

Our media team is one of the leading sources of information and insights on charities and giving.

View our press room

Our research

World-class research and analysis for charities, companies, donors, policy-makers and journalists.

Read our latest research

A champion for charities

Acting as a voice for charities, donors and their beneficiaries, our policy work ensures their needs are heard.

View our latest campaigns

Highlights from our recent work 

What's on the horizon for charity trustees?

Unique insights on the future of trusteeship from our research report with the ICAEW.

The Sunday Times Giving List 2021

The top 200 philanthropists in the UK in 2021 and the leading Giving List donors of the past 20 years.

World Giving Index 2021

The CAF World Giving Index offers a unique glimpse of global trends in generosity.