Cost of living: charities face uncertain months ahead as half say they used reserves to get through tough winter

Charities have been a lifeline to millions this winter – providing food, warmth and support for the vulnerable – but new research has found just half of charities are confident they can afford to meet their current overheads, including energy, rent and supplies. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) surveyed more than 1,300 organisations across the UK over the previous four challenging months. With the Government’s support for their energy costs set to be cut from April, many charities face prolonged uncertainty as they continue to deal with rising demand for…

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Nearly 4 million fewer gave to charity during peak pre-Christmas period say CAF

According to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), new research shows just 36% of individuals donated or sponsored someone for charity in November, down from 43% in a typical November pre-pandemic.  November is usually the month when most people say they give to charity thanks in part to national events such as Children in Need and the Poppy Appeal. Some charities rely on November fundraising to fund their work for the following year. However, festive giving has been lacklustre for the last few years due to the pandemic restricting opportunities for…

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CAF launches new fund for small charities focused on social equity

As many small charities face challenges this winter, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new £3m fund for small charities working to improve social equity in their communities.  The Keystone Fund will award unrestricted grants towards the core costs of running a charity, strengthening capacity, or building resilience. Many smaller charities across the UK are under heavy strain against the backdrop of increased demand for services, rising running costs and reduced income.   Local charities across the UK are encouraged to apply for the new fund if they are addressing…

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Global generosity growth as more people donate and help strangers 

More people donated money to charity and helped a stranger last year than in any year of the previous decade, according to the Charities Aid Foundation’s World Giving Index 2022. Around the world, 3 billion people helped someone they didn’t know last year, increasing by approximately half a billion compared to prior to the pandemic.  Around 200 million more people also donated money to charity worldwide, with donations rising by 10% in high-income economies. The World Giving Index is one of the biggest surveys into giving ever produced with nearly…

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Average charity donation of £20 a month will be ‘worth less than £15 by 2024’, study finds

Monthly charity donations of £20 started in 2017 will be worth just £14.90 by 2024 due to inflation, according to projections.  New analysis by Pro Bono Economics (PBE) and the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) also estimates that the £5.7 billion of total donations made to charities in the first six months of 2022 will be worth £500 million less by the end of the year, a reduction of 8.5%.  The falling value of donations due to inflation, which is forecast by the Bank of England to peak at 13% later…

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