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.


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:  Crisis, Centrepoint, Shelter Cymru, Homeless Network Scotland, Thames Reach, Groundswell 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.

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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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8 July 2020 

COVID-19 guide for donors, philanthropists and family foundations

The Beacon Collaborative collates information on the funding options for private individuals who wish to donate funds to organisations tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. This is updated on a weekly basis.
  • 16 March 2021 

    Funding the future of civil society

    Daniel Ferrell-Schweppenstedde, policy manager at CAF, discusses the role of collective local and global infrastructure in nurturing democracy beyond Covid-19.

  • 20 July 2020 

    CAF Resilience Private Client webinar - 8 July 2020

    We hosted a discussion to focus on findings from our CAF Resilience programme, what lessons we can take from these findings to support the sector during this time, and what role philanthropy can play in helping charities to respond, reset, and rebuild in a more resilient manner.
  • 20 July 2020 

    Covid and Philanthropy: How the crisis has changed charitable giving

    Mark Greer, Head of Private Clients at Charities Aid Foundation, discusses how the pandemic has affected US and UK philanthropy

  • 16 July 2020 

    June 25 - Global Alliance Webinar

    We gathered together Paula Fabiani CEO IDIS Brazil, Meenakshi Batra CEO CAF India, Gill Bates CEO CAF Southern Africa, and Brazilian philanthropist Rodrigo Pipponzi to talk about the situation on the ground in each of their countries- what local conditions are making the crisis more acute, how government and civil society are responding, and what philanthropists can, and are, doing to help.

  • 24 June 2020 

    The impact of COVID-19 on charities

    Since the the 17th March we've been surveying charities to understand how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the sector. We've now brought all this insight together in a short report that's available to download.