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Foundation Giving Trends 2019

Key facts and figures on giving, income and assets in the top 300 UK independent charitable foundations.

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Funder Commitment on Climate Change: Year 1 Report

The first report detailing progress made by signatories to the Funder Commitment on Climate Change/

Rising to the Challenge: Charitable foundations’ responses to coronavirus & forecast for the future

ACF surveyed its members in March 2021 to understand what the impact of coronavirus was in their work in 2020, and what their forecast was for 2021.

Survey of Charitable Funders’ Views of Accounts prepared under the Charities SORP

This report provides a detailed insight into the ways that charitable foundations use SORP accounts submitted by applicants to support their funding decisions.

The awareness and effectiveness of charity trustees in grant-making in England and Wales

Research and analysis of grant-making foundation trustees’ perceptions of their role and responsibilities as trustees.

Foundation Giving Trends 2018

Key facts and figures on giving, income and assets in the top 300 UK independent charitable foundations.

Foundation Giving Trends 2017

Key facts and figures on giving, income and assets in the top 300 UK independent charitable foundations.

Foundation Giving Trends 2016

Key facts and figures on giving, income and assets in the Top 300 UK independent charitable foundations ranked by grant-making.

Giving Trends Top 100 Family Foundations 2015

This is the seventh edition of Family Foundation Giving Trends. It provides an update on annual charitable income and spending by the UK’s top 100 family foundations in 2013/2014, with details on the next 50 foundations.

Giving Trends Top 300 Foundations 2015

Key facts and figures on giving, income and assets in the Top 300 UK independent charitable foundations ranked by grant-making.

Intentional Investing

Whether and how to develop a charity's investment strategy with its values and aims in mind.

Giving Trends Top 300 Foundations 2014 Report

This publication details the size, shape and trajectory of foundation giving.

Family Foundation Giving Trends 2014 Report

This publication provides an update on annual charitable spending by the top family foundations.

For Good And Not For Keeps

How much can we safely spend on our charitable activities year on year while reserving the value of our investment assets for future generations?

Engagement in the Social Investment Market

This research explores the realities of social investment from the perspective of UK foundations.

The Governance and Financial Management of Endowed Charitable Foundations

This report examines the common principles for the management of charitable foundations.

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