What's the Isssue?

What's the Issue?

While charitable donations from older people have doubled since the 1980s, the proportion of donations made by the under-30s has more than halved. More than half of all donations given in the UK now come from those aged 60 or over.

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The Growing Giving Inquiry

The Growing Giving Inquiry

We want to find out how we can narrow the generation gap in giving and get people of all ages involved with charity. During the next 12 months, the Charities Aid Foundation will be holding a Parliamentary Inquiry.

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The final stage of our Inquiry will investigate the ways that older people are able to support charities, as well as asking how they can inspire the younger generation to follow their lead and give time and money in support of good causes.

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Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) publishes the World Giving Index 2014

The World Giving Index 2014 is published today by the Charities Aid Foundation. Research finds that whilst the number of people volunteering and helping a stranger has risen, the proportion of people donating is down to 27.7% across the globe, a fall of over 2% from the previous year

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.

Growing Giving - how can we secure the support of older donors?

In 2012, CAF produced research in partnership with the University of Bristol showing that charities are becoming increasingly dependent on donations from older people. Younger people, it was found at the time, are struggling to match the generosity of previous generations and the ‘Mind the Gap’ report warned off the potential impact that a drop-off in donations would have for charities.

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Growing Giving Parliamentary Inquiry
What's the Issue

What's the Issue

A report Mind the Gap: The growing generational divide in charitable giving, highlighted some worrying trends in giving between the generations and raised important questions about the future of giving.

What can I do?

What can I do?

We are on calling on individuals and organisations, with an interest in the health of the UK’s charities and our charitable culture, to submit evidence and ideas.

The Parliamentary Inquiry

The Parliamentary Inquiry

We want to find out how we can narrow the generation gap in giving and promote active engagement with charities at all ages.