Charities Aid Foundation

The insurance and long-term savings industry has partnered with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) to deliver the Covid-19 Support Fund.

CAF is a registered charity (registered charity number 268369) and is a leading provider of donor giving services in the UK. CAF works with corporate and private clients in the UK to deliver philanthropic advice and services and products to enable giving to charities. You can read more about CAF here.

Working with CAF provides us with a streamlined way for multiple donors from across the insurance and long-term savings industry to donate directly to the Covid-19 Support Fund.

A Committee, composed of representatives from across the insurance and long-term savings industry, will make decisions about the beneficiaries of the donations to the Covid-19 Support Fund.

Sir John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Getting these vital funds quickly and safely into the hands of the many charities at the heart of our communities is central to CAF’s mission and we are proud to be able to work alongside those in the insurance and long-term savings industries to make this happen. We know it will make a huge difference to many people in need of support at this time.”

National Emergencies Trust

We are launching the Fund by making a £20 million donation to the National Emergencies Trust.

The National Emergencies Trust is a charity set up to raise funds from the general public, businesses and charitable foundations, in the event of a domestic disaster or emergency. When a disaster hits, the Trust will collaborate with charities and other bodies to distribute money to support people affected by the crisis. The funds collected will be distributed to local charities on the ground in the areas affected by the emergency. 

Since the launch of the Coronavirus Appeal, the Trust has received more than £60 million in pledges and has already distributed more than £30 million, supporting more than 4,000 grassroots charities.

The National Emergencies Trust is a registered charity (charity no. 1182809). For more information, visit

Where does the money go?

  • The National Emergencies Trust is distributing money to local Community Foundations, and are providing support to those most in need at a local level.

Who are these Community Foundations, and how can people get in contact with them?

General Lord Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust (NET)

Since the launch of our coronavirus appeal, generous pledges have meant we have been able to distribute more than £30m and make more than 4,000 grants to charities across the UK. We are hugely appreciative of the support from the Insurance and Long-Term Savings community and will work to ensure the funds raised are quickly distributed to those who are most in need."

Examples of how NET funding is helping those in need: 

Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, Liverpool

Helping hundreds of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in and around Liverpool receive food and essential items during the coronavirus crisis.

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Kyra Women's Project, York

Kyra Women’s Project is supporting more than 90 vulnerable women in the local community, offering emergency counselling to help those struggling during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Charter House Actvity Centre, Burnley

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the Centre has seen over a tenfold increase in demand and is delivering more than 700 meals to people with learning and physical disabilities every week.

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Green lane mosque and community centre, birmingham

Providing a food bank seven days a week for those in need, essential delivery services and online counselling to ease anxiety.

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