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 launched the Fund in May 2020 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?

The National Emergencies Trust is working with a network of 46 Community Foundations across the UK. These groups are well placed to understand who is impacted locally, and how, and what help they need. They also have experience in distributing grants.

For more info, go to: and for a list of Community Foundations please see:

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."

National Business Response Network 

The Covid 19 Support Fund is Founding Partner of Business in the Community's National Business Response Network following a £2.5mn donation to support the work of the network. 

About the National Business Response Network

Business in the Community’s National Business Response Network links business resources to community needs in the right place, at the right time. Through an online platform, the NBRN shares what communities need and through Business in the Community’s vast regional and local connections with businesses and leaders on the ground, these are matched with donations and support.

About Business in the Community 

Business in the community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We were created nearly 40 years ago by HRH The Prince of Wales to champion responsible business. 

We inspire, engage and challenge members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to: 

  • Develop a skilled and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow;
  • Build thriving communities where people want to live and work;
  • Innovate to sustain and repair our planet.  

Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said

The National Business Response Network brings the immense power of responsible businesses to the doorsteps of those in need in our communities. We are extremely excited to have the support of the Covid-19 Support Fund as a founding partner as we scale the Network.

Our successes over the last few months mean that we know what communities need as they battle the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent economic fall out on their towns and cities. We also know how vital business support is – and how important it is to get it to the right place at the right time. ”