Development and Fundraising

CAF World Giving Index

The CAF World Giving Index, now in its sixth year, is a leading authority on global generosity. By measuring three different kinds of giving, it provides a simple and universally understood picture of charitable behaviour across the world.
The CAF World Giving Index is scored by averaging the percentage of people in each country who donated money, volunteered or helped a stranger in the previous month. For this year’s report 145 countries were surveyed, representing around 96% of the world’s population.

This year there are encouraging signs that, despite continuing economic uncertainty, people are more willing to donate money. Young people especially are participating more in all three kinds of giving than any other age group.

What are the key findings?

  • Myanmar, the United States and New Zealand are the top three in the CAF World Giving Index 2015.
  • Participation in donating money and helping a stranger has risen this year, whilst volunteering has seen a small downturn.
  • For the first time in six years of the World Giving Index, we’ve found that men are more likely to donate money than women.
  • Behaviour in a few very large countries has significantly impacted the numbers of people giving worldwide.
  • Cultural and religious practices, as well as disruptive events, are at the root of a number of big changes seen this year.
    Despite their highly developed economies, only five G20 countries are in this year’s Top 20, reminding us that economic prosperity does not automatically lead to a rise in generosity.

Grantmakers who fund community organizing say it’s the best option when you want to promote civic engagement and support lasting solutions to a community’s problems. Yet many funders, concerned about the ability to measure its impact and effectiveness, hesitate to take up community organizing as a strategy. In this guide, funders and organizers discuss what makes community organizing unique and uniquely effective, how to manage grantee relationships over time, understanding the value of process, and the grantmaker’s special role in fostering change.


  • The benefits and methods of community organizing
  • Points of entry for grantmakers
  • Mapping resources and power
  • When a grantee is under attack

What’s in the Guide?

  • Foundations and Community Organizing: Some funders see community organizing as a way to encourage a more vibrant democracy; others see it as a method for getting better, more durable solutions to deep-seated problems. For grantmakers in either camp – along with those who hold both points of view – funding community organizing can be a good choice.
  • What Community Organizing Can Accomplish:These days, organizing uses a mix of tried-and-true methods and new techniques to bring people together and push for change. For grantmakers, the alignment between what community organizing seeks to accomplish and how it accomplishes those things makes it an attractive strategy – one that holds the promise of leaving communities stronger and individuals better able to advocate for themselves.
  • Getting Acquainted and Other Early Steps:The culture of organizing may seem foreign at first to grantmakers, trustees, and other people inside your foundation. Likewise, the culture of philanthropy may seem strange to people who see the field from the perspective of community organizing. Grantmakers commonly find themselves in the role of translator, clarifying expectations and opening up avenues of communication in both directions – with grantees and inside the foundation.
  • Managing Grants and Relationships Over Time: Change is a constant in community organizing, and it doesn’t stop once the grant is made. Priorities and tactics evolve as the work goes forward and the surrounding environment shifts. As time goes on, grantmakers may see the need to help an organizing grantee build its capacity or, in rare instances, cope with a crisis or setback.
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Organizing Grants: Good organizing produces outcomes, and those outcomes can be measured. Policies change, communities change, organizations change, and people change. If funders are clear about the outcomes they’re after, any or all of those may be relevant.

Fundraising Plan – 1 Year Template

Keep track of grants and fundraising targets with this straightforward tracker.

While this resource does have some high-level ideas for you, it is really about getting in the weeds and focusing on tactics. Check out the chapters on registration forms, registration fees, badges, engaging with participants and more! provide insight and examples from top peer-to-peer industry experts. Second, this book should serve as a resource for organizations that are new to peer-to-peer fundraising as well as those who have been doing this for some time. No matter where you are in your peer-to-peer level of expertise, this resource provides a list of do’s and don’ts as well as tactics to help you make over your peer-to-peer strategy.


Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2016 is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit.

The Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.


  • Insight: Big Ideas that Matter for 2016
  • Foresight: Predictions for 2016
  • Buzzword Watch
  • Hindsight: Renovations to Previous Forecasts
  • Glimpses of the Future


Layers of Change
How are we to make sense of the changing nature of work and the demands of digital capacities in thinking about civil society?

Foresight: Predictions for 2016
What’s in store for the year ahead? How will the big shifts discussed in the Insights section affect your work next year? Policies to Safely Manage Data
How can nonprofits and foundations govern and use digital data ethically, safely, and effectively?

The Structure of Work
What do tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, former labor union leader Andy Stern, and investigative author Barbara Ehrenreich have in common? Now add in the Rockefeller, Russell Sage, and Open Society foundations; Obamacare; Uber; and Rosie the Robot from the 1970s cartoon series The Jetsons, and what do you get? They’re all contributing to—or thinking and writing about—the future of work.

Guiding Principles and Values for Digital Civil Society
The definition of digital civil society gives us a starting point. The definition contains three key elements: voluntary action, private resources, and public benefit.

Some ways you might consider using this Blueprint include:

  • With colleagues at your organization, this publication can open conversations about the context for your work and any thoughts on expanding your strategic framework.
  • With grantees, this publication can foster conversations outside of specific funding conversations that might also lend context or theory to their approaches.
  • With peers and other foundations, this publication can lead to dialogue about how we as a collective sector may contribute to or challenge the predictions for 2016, and if we’re tuned into current trends and buzzwords.
  • With our GrantCraft community, you can consider submitting your own reactions and resources related to themes discussed in this guide.

Think of this slim booklet as an experienced friend — a partner who can guide you in investigating, learning and maybe even getting inspired by how women give.

Think of it as a companion as you explore how philanthropy can add to your life and the life of your loved ones
Because philanthropy can help organizations take calculated risks, not all philanthropy achieves its goals. However, when successful, philanthropic and personal investments can pay dividends in the form of meaningful connection and even joy.
Why does women’s philanthropy matter? Find out by downloading and reading this resource.