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Growing Giving Inquiry: Our Two Year Review

Thursday, 9 June 2016

It’s now two years since the Growing Giving Parliamentary Inquiry produced a series of recommendations designed to secure the future of charitable giving in the UK. To mark the occasion, we take a quick look back at what the Inquiry was, and what activity has taken place since to try and introduce the recommendations…

CAF initiated the Growing Giving Parliamentary Inquiry in 2013, in the aftermath of research showing that charities were increasingly reliant on older donors for financial support. Understanding that young people are typically positively inclined towards charities, we wanted to explore our hypothesis that it was a combination of a lack of resources and a lack of opportunities to engage that was responsible for the discrepancy in giving across generations, rather than any intrinsic hostility towards charities.

But we didn’t want to focus on young people alone; we also wanted to explore the different opportunities given to people to engage with the causes that they care about throughout their life, in order to ensure that people are provided with ways to give that align with their personal circumstances as they change. This meant focusing on the years of education, the workplace and retirement. To make it happen,... Read more

A week in Parliament - issues affecting young people and charities
A week in Parliament - issues affecting young people and charities
Putting charity in the classroom
Putting charity in the classroom
Sutton Trust launches research showing that guidance for writing UCAS personal statements is dependent on education background
Sutton Trust launches research showing that guidance for writing UCAS personal statements is dependent on education background
CAF is sharing our pledges of support to #iwill, the national campaign promoting youth social action
CAF is celebrating #iwill week, marking the 2nd anniversary of the #iwill campaign for youth social action and is calling on other organisations to join us.
Putting Young Trustees on the Agenda
It has been an exciting couple of months for us here at CAF working with Leon Ward on implementing the Inquiry recommendation seeking to give more young people the opportunity to become charity trustees.
The Young Trustees Guide Launches today!
The Young Trustees Guide, published by CAF, aims to change the face of charity trustee boards given that only two per cent of charities have a young trustee serving. This is despite the fact that 85 per cent of people aged under 35 would consider becoming a charity trustee. The guide is aimed at unlocking untapped potential.
Does youth social action lead to a happier life?
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This week is Small Charity Week and yesterday we saw a boost to workplace giving through the launch of Team London Skill Up programme. The programme will see some of London’s top companies such as Twitter, Citi and CIPD staff volunteering their time in order to train and advise small charities so that they can broaden their skill sets and increase the impact of their work.
UCAS Social Action Guidance Goes Live!
Last month we reported that we were working with UCAS to give more young people information about the benefits of getting involved with social action, and how that can be used when applying to university and college.
Cabinet Office Releases Social Action Research and CAF is working with UCAS on Social Action
A few weeks ago we saw the publication of some exciting research about the value of social action in the form of ‘The Evaluating Youth Social Action, An Interim Report’. The research was conducted by the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights team and found that Young people’s involvement in social action leads to people being more likely to volunteer in later life.
Student Volunteering Week: How are students engaging in social action?
Last week was Student Volunteering Week, and we were delighted to visit the House of Commons for an event celebrating the positive contribution that so many students make in communities across the UK.
CAF is working with UCAS to make it easier for young people to get recognition for their voluntary work and social action.
Roundtable discussion on how to get more young people involved in social action taking place on Thursday 22nd January 2015
CAF launches the Young Trustee Survey, which explores a range of topics designed to give us a detailed picture of the opportunities and experiences that young trustees have across the UK
The ‘Creating an Age of Giving’ report – the final report stemming from the Growing Giving Parliamentary Inquiry – included a recommendation focusing on ensuring that more young people are given the skills and opportunities to become trustees of charities. Despite making up 12 per cent of the population, 18-24 year-olds account for less than 1 per cent of trustees, a statistic that respondents to the Inquiry were keen to redress by creating more opportunities for young people to develop in leadership roles. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has partnered with young trustee Leon Ward to launch the Young Trustee Survey, which explores a range of topics designed to give us a detailed picture of the opportunities and experiences that young trustees have across the UK.

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