independent think tank
Charity Futures CIC is an independent think tank. We’re taking an holistic view of the long-term challenges facing the charity sector, and considering diverse approaches for surmounting them.
Charity Futures will be the administration body for the OIC. We will explore links with both New College and Oxford University. This will include the funding of Research Fellows and other collaborations, as part of its commitment to world-class academic standards.
In preparation for the OIC’s research programme, Charity Futures is working with Caroline Fiennes (an alumna of New College). We’re conducting an extensive consultation with donors and charities on what we regard as key research priorities.
As part of this work we are looking at existing research in universities to discover identifiable gaps. This work has already established the paucity of research papers that tackle charity studies. The findings will be published in mid-2019.
Charity Futures Annual Conference 2018
“Living Short: Thinking Long“
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The intention of this project was to consult with UK charities and funders, to solicit the topics on which they would most like additional research. The goal is to stimulate research into these areas: in other words, this project is a behaviour change exercise.
Any research topic was in scope, except fundraising: we removed that because (i) it is the most heavily researched area in charities / philanthropy, and hence not overlooked by academics, and (ii) because it was likely to eclipse discussion of everything else.
This consultation used a process based on an established method developed in health research, for eliciting from the people intended to benefit from research (patients, their carers, and their physicians) the topics that on which they would value more research. It was overseen by an Advisory Group from across UK charities and philanthropy. As such, this consultation seems to be unprecedented.