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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

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Mar 31, 2020

This is the fourth in our series of conversations with people across civil society about the challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis and how they are responding. In this episode, we speak to:

-Will Moy, CEO of Full Fact

-Virginia Anderson, Head of Fundraising at Bobath Scotland

Carol Mack, CEO of the Association...

Mar 31, 2020

This is the third of our series of short conversations with people from across civil society during the coronavirus crisis. In this episode we talk to:

-Nick Temple, CEO of the Social Investment Business

-Holly Piper, Head of CAF Venturesome (and my colleague!)

-Rich Collins, Creative Director of Sortified

Mar 27, 2020

This is the second in a series of "voices from civil society during the Covid-19 Pandemic". Featuring:

-Clare Kiely, Senior Investment Partner at Comic Relief

-Rita Chadha- CEO, Small Charities Coalition

-Savraj Kaur, CEO, United in Hammersmith & Fulham

Mar 27, 2020

In response to the Covid-19 crisis and the potentially unprecedented challenges it brings for civil society and philanthropy, we have been speaking to a range of people across the sector to find out how the pandemic has affected them so far and how they are responding.

In part one:

  • Fran & Will Perrin, founders and...

Mar 17, 2020

In episode 68 we talk to Danny Sriskandarajah, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB about philanthropy, inequality and power in global civil society. Including:


Philanthropy & Inequality

  • What is the core role of philanthropy within society which differentiates it from either state or market provision?
  • What should we make of...