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Charities Aid Foundation (CAF);
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.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF);
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.
Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF);
The Funder Commitment on Climate Change is a holistic, high-level framework for foundations - whatever their size, mission, or area of benefit - to play their part in tackling the causes and impacts of climate change. It was launched in November 2019, and since June 2020 has been hosted by the Association of Charitable Foundation (ACF). This UK initiative has inspired foundation networks in France and Spain to develop parallel commitments, and there are also plans for national commitments in other states and a global version. ACF invited all current signatories to respond to a simple survey of actions taken under each of the elements of the Funder Commitment. Funders were invited to make a simple self-assessment of their progress in each area - the collated results of which are shown as bar charts in this report. ACF also took this opportunity to ask signatories about how ACF can best support peer learning and further action, and finally to gather some basic data about the signatories to inform future work.
Carnegie UK Trust;
Switched On brings together recent research and evidence about key issues related to digital inclusion, with a particular focus on children and young people. Digital access is complex picture with multiple factors driving, compounding and impacting those who are included or excluded.The report explores a number of features of the digital inclusion debate including analysing the components that comprise appropriate digital access, examines the impacts around a lack of access, maps exclusion factors in the UK and outlines the current policy and practice landscape, including successful interventions.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF);
This UK Giving 2019 report is one of an international series, produced across the CAF GlobalAlliance, a world-leading network of organisations working at the forefront of philanthropy and civil society.The series also includes reports covering Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, India, South Africa, and the United States.This is the second edition of this unique collection of country reports.
Building on their previous report, A Whole New World: Funding and Commissioning in Complexity, this new work responds to significant interest in learning from practical examples of how organisations, funders and commissioners are fundamentally rethinking their design and delivery of support. It sets out a 'new world' of approaches to social change that genuinely put people in the lead, providing practical examples and insights for others eager to develop new ways of working.Informed by a year of action research and events, the report seeks to:SHARE emerging new practice, including through in-depth case studiesINSPIRE and enable people interested in working in this way to develop new approachesBUILD a movement for change
Canterbury Christ Church University;
Why charitable donors give has been a topic of much debate amongst practitioners, policy makers and academics alike. Recent efforts to grow and strengthen the culture of charitable giving in the UK have focused on increasing people's propensity to give and the total amounts they are likely to give. However little attention has been paid to how people learn to give at a younger age. Given early education is fundamental in securing individuals long-term social and political orientations, this is a critical oversight. The absence of much commentary on, or significant research into, how individuals are socialised into giving, specifically younger children, means we have little knowledge about how people come to be the donors we pay so much attention to later in life.In this report we situate charitable giving as part of much larger debate on children's active engagement within civil society and their role as competent and active social actors.This research report engages the voices of over 150 young children aged 4-8 years old. Through participative action research methods, we explore their perceptions and preferences of charity and charitable giving. We explore the trends across the age group and discuss how children may develop philanthropic behaviours.We start our findings celebrating children's knowledge and involvement in charities. We found they have a wide and varied range of opportunities to engage in fundraising and charitable giving through schools, communities and the family. However, we also suggest that children have relatively limited spaces to meaningfully engage in these charitable behaviours, often associating giving as a transactional process without critically engaging with the cause. Nonetheless, when given opportunity to meaningfully engage in giving decisions children demonstrated a heightened critical consciousness and desire for increased social justice in their giving decisions.Importantly we argue that conscious, active and participative engagement in giving decisions helps children develop a critical consciousness about the world around them and increases social orientated behaviours. We promote the idea that children, as present citizens (as opposed to viewed as future citizens only), are capable and competent of selecting and assessing the charities they wish to support, and in turn this helps them develop a greater understanding of the world around them.
This research was commissioned by the Thomas Paine Initiative,with support from a group of UK trusts and foundations (including Barrow Cadbury Trust, the JMG Foundation, the Oak Foundation,the Open Society Foundations, Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, and Unbound Philanthropy) as a scoping study in advance of a Learning Exchange to take place in May 2019, bringing the strategic communications field together to facilitate cross-sector learning and to explore the appetite and feasibility for collaboration around commonlyheld values. This paper explores how voluntary sector organisations in the UK are developing, embedding and sharing their communications strategies. It provides an overview of where the field currently is, and poses questions and provocations.
British Council in Pakistan;
This study aims to gain an insight into the philanthropic giving practices of the Pakistani diaspora in the UK. A key aspect is an assessment of the existing potential of and motivations for giving to various social causes within Pakistan and the UK-based community. The philanthropic activities identified in the study broadly include voluntary giving in the form of cash, in-kind and time – to and by individuals as well as institutions. The project has been commissioned by the British Council (Research, Evaluation and Monitoring Unit), in collaboration with the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP), with the aim of identifying the role that the Pakistani diaspora can play in contributing to the social and economic progress of Pakistan.
To create the 2021 Ariadne Forecast, 275 Ariadne members and friends of the network filled in surveys, participated in interviews, and attended online forecast meetings to share their insights into trends in European social change and human rights philanthropy for 2021.The report looks at the challenges and opportunities this year might bring for grantees; how funder practice could change; which political events are likely to affect their work; what will become more important in the months ahead; and -- perhaps most importantly -- what to feel hopeful about. There are chapters on France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and the UK, plus a broader, global focus.The challenges ahead may be great, but philanthropy can play a role in helping us overcome them.
Center for Economic and Policy Research;
Despite high levels of employment after eight and a half years of economic growth, the UK economy is facing some serious economic challenges: long-term rising inequality, real wages that are still below their 2009 peak, a collapse of productivity growth, and the worst level of regional inequality in the European Union. The unusual uncertainties surrounding Brexit also pose a serious threat that has been much discussed. However, the government's macroeconomic policies may also compound the risks associated with Brexit and make it more difficult to solve the economy's long-term problems. This paper looks at some of the details of the above challenges, with a focus on macroeconomic policy.
Oxfam GB's overall median gender pay gap is 12.5%. The national average is 18.4%. We take our gender pay gap seriously and have made a range of commitments to address the issue.The gender pay gap shows the difference in the average pay between all men and women working for an organization, irrespective of their job or position. It is not a comparison of pay between men and women doing like for like roles or jobs of equal value, and Oxfam always pays men and women the same for the same work. All organizations in the UK which employ more than 250 workers are required to publish their gender pay gap by April 2018.As an organization that is working to enable women to realize their rights, Oxfam GB is determined to build a fairer and more equal world for everyone - and of course that starts here, with us. Oxfam simply should not have a gender pay gap and should aim to achieve a zero pay gap. However, it is not simple, as gender pay gaps are a result of many factors, some of which are within Oxfam's control and some of which are embedded in wider society and need to be challenged.We are proud that more than 60% of our managers and senior managers are women. We have twice the national average of women in information systems roles, twice the national average of men in part-time roles and 84% of our staff tell us that their flexible working needs are met. However, there are areas where we must do better.At the time of reporting (April 2017) we had low female representation on our Leadership Team: 2 women out of 8 roles, although we have since increased this to 3 out of 8. We also have a higher gender pay gap among those aged over 40 (15.6%, median), while men working part-time earn less, on average, than women (-4.1%, median).One of the main factors contributing to our gender pay gap is the difference in the female representation in different jobs within our organization. We are essentially two organizations: an international non-government organization (INGO) and a charity retailer. In general, the roles in the INGO are higher paid than those in our shop network. With a network of around 650 shops, Oxfam has significantly more employees in shop roles than any other roles; around 40% of our total UK staff are shop employees. While we pay all staff at least the Living Wage Foundation Rate, and pay for shop roles is above average for the charity sector, the pay sits within the lower half of Oxfam pay brackets. Almost three-quarters (72%) of our shop managers are women.The differences between the two parts of the organization mean that our overall gender pay gap is greater than that of our parts. In our charity retail business the gender pay gap is 2% and in our INGO the gap is 9.6% (both median figures).Specific commitments to address our gender pay gap within the next two years include but are not limited to:We will work towards a 50:50 representation of women on our Leadership Team, with an aim to maintain female representation of between 35% and 65%For any new vacancies on our Leadership Team, we will commit to 50% of shortlisted candidates being womenWe will do an analysis to understand the gender pay gap for women over 40, and for men working part-time and introduce actionsWe are introducing enhanced, shared parental pay for partners from April 2018, which is aimed at encouraging more men/partners to take time out for childcaring responsibilitiesOn our leadership development courses, we will ensure that 70% of participants will be womenWe will continue to work to influence more widely to address the policies and practices that are perpetuating the gender pay gap in the UK.