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Consultation to Identify Research Priorities in UK Charities and Philanthropy

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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.

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Working on improving the evidence ‘system’ across charities and philanthropy, and advising donors and foundations on an individual basis.

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27 June, 2018

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Behavioural Science and the Sustainable Funding of Charities

Charity funding and sustainability is a complex area: funders rightly feel responsible for the money they control, and seek to minimise the likelihood that they select a charity that is wasteful and does not use resources wisely. Charity Futures think that charities could be more efficient, particularly by merging where their functions are extremely similar, or by sharing backroom functions in a cost effective manner, to the extent that this is possible.


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29 May, 2018

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The impact of blockchain technology on the third sector

A jargon-free think piece on an exciting technology for charities and social enterprises.

Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise the charity sector. It offers huge but as yet untapped benefits to charities – from ensuring the right recipients receive what they are due, to modernising charitable giving and offering donors real-time visibility of where their funds are being spent and what impact it’s having.

Despite the potential benefits, the charity sector is currently behind the curve on blockchain technology. There are currently too few examples of blockchain use in the charity sector. The sector urgently needs to engage with the technology, given that it is revolutionising sectors – like banking – that charities already rely on.

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3 July, 2017

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Sir Stephen Bubb lecture, New College, Oxford

A brief tour through 1,400 years of history. Tracing the development of charity from its church roots in the middle ages, the reformation, the Elizabethan era, the Tudors, right through to the welfare state and Thatcherism.

Charity has a long and proud history. Today we regard charity and the broader voluntary sector as crucial to the functioning of a democratic system. Sir Stephen Bubb looks at the growing role of civil society in campaigning, recognising how democracy could hardly function effectively without voluntary action.

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