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Welcome to the Giving Thought Podcast, a bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society from the Charities Aid Foundation’s in-house think-tank, Giving Thought.

In each episode your host Rhodri Davies (formerly with co-host Adam Pickering) explores a big issue, theme or trend and analyses what it means for philanthropy and civil society around the world.

Be sure to check the show notes for each podcast and find blogs, reports and videos from Giving Thought and do get in touch if you have questions or suggestions at givingthought@cafonline.org

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Jan 12, 2021

In this episode we unpick the complex relationship between philanthropy and democracy. Does philanthropy undermine democracy, or strengthen it? Do we need to make philanthropy itself more democratic? And if so, how?

Including:

  • Does philanthropy automatically introduce a “plutocratic bias” into public discourse and...


Dec 22, 2020

In this episode, at the end of a tumultuous and unpredictable year, we attempt (wisely or not!) to give some predictions for what 2021 might bring...

 

  1. ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
  • Impact of Pandemic & Brexit: more demand, charity finances hit, less giving?
  • Charity closures/mergers?
  • Reimagining resilience?

 

  1. Political...


Dec 8, 2020

In this episode we talk to Iqbal Nasim, CEO of the National Zakat Foundation, about Islamic giving and using technology to transform the way Zakat works. Including:

  • What is Zakat and how does it fit within Islamic teaching?
  • What does Islamic teaching say about how Zakat is to be given? (i.e. are there specific causes,...


Nov 24, 2020

In this episode we talk to Asha Curran, CEO of Giving Tuesday - ahead of this year’s event on Tuesday 2nd December -about distributed leadership, movement building and the importance of mass giving. Including:

Decentralisation & Social Movements

  • What is the key appeal of networked movements? Do people believe they...


Nov 10, 2020

In this episode we talk to Paul Vallely, author of Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg about his new book and what we can learn from history that can help inform our understanding of modern philanthropy and our thinking about where it should go in the future. Including:

  • What value does a historical perspective...