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image courtesy of Third Sector online

image courtesy of Third Sector online

September 2018: Third Sector and Civil Society outline the findings from our study commissioned by the Office for Civil Society and reports that government spending cuts and strong attachment to places have made some people keen to work together on local projects

Grants from charitable foundations reach record high

September 2017: Third Sector outlines the findings from the latest Foundation Giving Trends report for 2017.

Matched giving encourages more and bigger donations

June 2016: "More people are likely to donate to charity and give more money if they know their donation will be match-funded by an employer, the government or philanthropic body." reports Charity Times of our new report - A Great Matchwith The Big Give, Charities Trust and RBS.

Launch of More To Give at London Guildhall. Photo: Howard Lake, UK Fundraising.

Launch of More To Give at London Guildhall. Photo: Howard Lake, UK Fundraising.

November 2015: London is giving an estimated £5.6 billion a year in cash to charities, representing 29% of all private giving in the UK. This first ever estimate of London’s cash contribution to charity is one of the key findings of More to Give: London Millennials Networking for a Better World, a new report commissioned by City Philanthropy.


City companies give 'paltry' amount of cash, but employees keen to give more (especially expert volunteering), says FT.

This report bears a hugely exciting message based on real evidence. We must do whatever is necessary to help young people fulfil their philanthropic potential.
— Former Lord Mayor of London, Dame Fiona Woolf

UK Fundraising: 'Rise of donor-led networks'

New giving networks could generate £20 million per annum in charitable funding and thousands of hours of pro bono support if just 1% of London employees became involved in them.

Capital grants in crisis?

"In spite of its importance for future sustainability, capital grant funding has taken a particular hit in the current funding climate" says our report.

Trusts and foundations 'are too centred on London and the South East of England'

July 2015: Civil Society article highlights London-centric nature of UK trust funding from the new DSC 'Sector Insight: UK Grant-making Trusts and Foundations'.

July 2015: Third Sector article highlights fey findings from the new DSC 'Sector Insight: UK Grant-making Trusts and Foundations', showing that grants from trusts and foundations totalled £2.7bn in 2011/12, which is higher than the £2.6bn that was granted in 2005/06.

UK Armed Forces Charities

In 2014 the Directory of Social Change produced a year long study of UK armed forces charities. Here Cat is interviewed about the key results of the analysis on Forces TV in November 2014.


Robin Swithinbank discusses luxury and Corporate Social Responsibility with Cat in January 2014: “The concept of CSR clashes psychologically with the motivations for buying luxury goods, and needs to be carefully managed.” 

Cat speaking at Action Hampshire AGM, November 2014 about Public Service delivery by charities


Coverage from The Guardian's Patrick Butler's Society Cuts Blog (July 2013) exploring the links we exposed between company giving and deprivation: "Corporate charitable donations are not only down, but unequally distributed, with the most deprived areas losing out, according to new research."   

Where is UK company giving going?


August 2013: blog post from Cat discussing results from the Company Giving Almanac: "Total contributions as a proportion of pre-tax profits stand at around 0.4% overall (across all 418 companies), with cash at 0.3% - nowhere near the 1% level widely touted as a touchstone for corporate charitable support for many years."

Raconteur Special Report

Raconteur used the data from the Company Giving Almanac to produce a special report on Corporate Giving.

Dangerous Myths

Cat Walker and Debra Allcock Tyler discuss their shared belief that the application of market models to the charity sector is misguided and people don’t expect something back when they give.

Article published in Caritas Magazine, 2011.