Charity Trends expected to return after a year off

The Charities Aid Foundation expects to resurrect its flagship research publication Charity Trends next year, after cancelling it in 2008.

Following the trends
Following the trends

It is "likely but not certain" to produce Charity Trends in 2009, according to Richard Harrison, research director at the foundation.

The publication is billed as "the definitive annual analysis of charities' finance" and gives extensive details of how the top 500 fundraising charities generate their incomes. But it did not appear this year because the organisation was taking a break to "review its priorities", according to Harrison.

Cathy Pharoah, former research director at the foundation and author of the report until 2006, worked with Cass Business School this year to produce another research publication, Charity Market Monitor, which used the same CaritasData information as Charity Trends.

Harrison said the foundation hoped to produce something that focused more closely on small and medium-sized charities, had more of an online presence and was more affordable than the previous price tag of about £300.

"We certainly haven't abandoned the brand for good," he said. "It's a valuable line of analysis and we're looking at a new version.

"There are about 160,000 charities, and we're keenly aware of the fact that they all need to be represented. We don't want to look only at the giants of the sector."

Harrison said Charity Trends would form part of a comprehensive programme of sector research, which would also include international giving, corporate social responsibility and community interest companies.

Pharoah said she was approached to produce Charity Market Monitor after CAF announced that there would be no Charity Trends in 2008.

"It's important to keep measuring voluntary income," she said.

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