What's the Issue

Is each generation as likely to give as their parents and grandparents? A report commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation, 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.

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. If this trend continues there may be challenging times ahead for the thousands of UK charities that rely on the support of the public to fund their vital work. That is why it is more important than ever that our younger generations are engaged with charity and encouraged to give throughout their lives.

As part of the Charities Aid Foundation’s Growing Giving campaign, we want to see individuals, companies, charities and government working together to build a stronger culture of generosity in the UK – so that younger people become more engaged with charity and maintain that engagement throughout their lives.

The Charities Aid Foundation’s Growing Giving campaign aims to encourage individuals, companies, charities and government to work together to build a stronger culture of generosity in the UK – so that younger people become more engaged with charity and maintain that engagement throughout their lives.

We want to find out how we can close the ‘generation gap’ in charitable giving, by promoting active engagement with charities at all ages, encouraging younger generations to give more time and money to charity and ensuring people keep on giving throughout their lives.

Mind the Gap report

Mind the Gap Report

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Words from Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

Watch former Education Secretary Rt Hon David Blunkett MP explain why he is chairing the Parliamentary Inquiry on Growing Giving.

Throughout his political life David has been a champion of charitable causes, and over recent years he has been campaigning to ensure that young people are actively engaged members of society.

David will be using his experience and expertise to help us get to the heart of the issue and find out how we can grow giving.