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Cathy Pharoah is Visiting Professor of Charity Funding and co-Director of the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy Research at Cass Business School, a network of researchers dedicated to advancing our understanding of giving and philanthropy, and to sharing and disseminating knowledge in philanthropy research, policy and practice. (CGAP@Cass, www.cass.city.ac.uk/research-and-faculty/centres/cgap)
Cathy is an expert on funding for the voluntary and charity sector, specialising in philanthropic giving. She has just successfully completed a six-year ESRC-funded programme of research and engagement on philanthropy, through CGAP, which has been followed by an ESRC award for a seminar series on philanthropy, jointly with Professor Jenny Harrow and Dr Tobias Jung. She produces the annual Family Foundation Giving report, with the Pears Foundation, now into its seventh edition and is currently collaborating with the Association of Charitable Foundations on a new series of annual Briefings on trends in charitable foundation spending. A new project will look at giving by young employees in the City.
Other current projects include the UK national component of an EC-funded study of charitable support for research and innovation Europe-wide, an update on trends in the measurement of, and levels of, charitable giving in the corporate sector, and two regional studies for the Garfield Weston Foundation on the impact of austerity on income generation amongst smaller local organisations. She recently led an innovative seminar on the morality of charity, and previous studies include multi-cultural giving, the impact of tax incentives and social investment and enterprise.
Cathy has carried out research for government, the ESRC and many charitable clients, works with the donor advisor community, and was Research Director at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) for 11 years where she produced its flagship annual report on the finances of the major charities. (Charity Trends, 1996 -2006, succeeded by Charity Market Monitor 2008-2011 annual editions, published by Wilmington.) She is a founder and Policy Editor of Voluntary Sector Review, a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Volunteering Research, and presents widely on giving and philanthropy.
Memberships of professional organisations
- Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, 2006 – present
- Voluntary Sector Management
- non-profit & voluntary sector
Engagement of young City employees in philanthropy
Annual trends in spending of charitable foundations
Impact of current environment on funding of local charity sector in deprived areas
Measurement of giving by the corporate sector
Morality and charity
Giving and remitting
- Pharoah, C. and Walker, C. (2001). A Lot of Give: Trends in giving for the 21st Century (CAF and NCVO). Hodder. ISBN 978-0-340-80491-9.
- Pharoah, C. (2016). What Motivates People to Give their Own Private Resources for the Public Good? In Jung, T., Phillips, S. and Harrow, J. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy (pp. 71–87). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-78325-5.
- Pharoah, C. (2012). Funding and the big society. The Big Society Debate: A New Agenda for Social Welfare? (pp. 116–127). ISBN 978-1-78100-207-0.
- Pharoah, C. (2012). How will funding play a role in the shaping of the Big Society? Philanthropy and a better society (pp. 91–96). London: Alliance Publishing Trust. ISBN 978-1-907376-15-3.
- Pharoah, C. (2010). Arts and Culture in the UK: the creation of a sub-sector. In Evers, A. and Zimmer, A. (Eds.), Third Sector Organisations facing Turbulent Environments NOMOS.
- Pharoah, C. (2007). Getting to grips with the dynamics of giving. In Mordaunt, J. and Paton, R. (Eds.), Thoughtful Fundraising (pp. 82–99). Abingdon: Routledge.
- Pharoah, C. (2003). Foundations and Global Change (Introductory Essay). In Hartley, C. (Ed.), The Europa International Foundation Directory (pp. 15–18). Routledge. ISBN 978-1-85743-140-7.
- Pharoah, C. and Mocroft, I. (2001). Wealthy and healthy : charitable funds in health provision today. In Appleby, J. (Ed.), Health Care UK, Spring 2001 The King's Fund Review of Health Policy (pp. 22–25). London: King's Fund. ISBN 978-1-85717-436-6.
Journal articles (11)
- Atkinson, A.B., Backus, P.G., Micklewright, J., Pharoah, C. and Schnepf, S.V. (2012). Charitable giving for overseas development: UK trends over a quarter century. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A: Statistics in Society, 175(1), pp. 167–190. doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2011.01009.x.
- Pharoah, C. and Harrow, J. (2011). A legacy for the nation's health – the challenges faced by UK health charities in legacy funding. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 4(1), pp. 13–26. doi:10.1179/175380611x12950033990098.
- Pharoah, C. (2010). Challenges for tax policy towards individual charitable giving: the experience of recent attempts to 'reform' the UK Gift Aid scheme. Voluntary Sector Review, 1(2), pp. 259–267. doi:10.1332/204080510x511300.
- Pharoah, C. (2005). Commentary by the charities aid foundation on 'deciding to give to charity: A focus group study in the context of the household economy'. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 15(5), pp. 404–405.
- Pharoah, C. and Walker, C. (2002). A rich culture of giving? Does private philanthropic funding to the voluntary sector complement, substitute for or clash with public funding? NCVO 8th Annual Researching Conference Proceedings pp. 159–162.
- Alcock, P., Pharoah, C. and Scott, D. (2002). Qualitative Research. NCVO 8th Annual Researching Conference Proceedings pp. 72–72.
- Pharoah, C. (2000). Results of the first survey of independent trust grantmaking: who is setting the agenda? International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 5(3), pp. 200–206. doi:10.1002/nvsm.113.
- Pharoah, C. (1998). Charities Aid Foundation reviews some of the key issues in the charitable sector today. SOLICITORS JOURNAL, 142(41), pp. 30–33.
- Pharoah, C. and Tanner, S. (1997). Trends in charitable giving. Fiscal Studies, 18(4), pp. 427–443. doi:10.1111/j.1475-5890.1997.tb00272.x.
- Pharoah, C. and Redmond, E. (1991). Care for ethnic elders. Health Serv J, 101(5252), pp. 20–22.
- Pharoah, C. (1988). General practitioners and training for multi‐professional teamwork. Policy Studies, 9(2), pp. 51–62. doi:10.1080/01442878808423518.
- Pharoah, C., Goddard, K. and Jenkins, R. (2014). Family Foundation Giving Trends 2014. The Association of Charitable Foudations. ISBN 978-1-897916-37-7.
- Pharoah, C., Chapman, T. and Choudhury, R. (2014). An Insight into the Future of Charity Funding in the North East. Garfield Weston Foundation.
- Pharoah, C. and Bryant, L. (2012). Global grant-making: A review of UK foundations’ funding for international development. London: Nuffield Foundation. ISBN 978-0-904956-83-2.
- Jung, T., Harrow, J. and Pharoah, C. (2012). Co-producing research: working together or falling apart?.
- Pharoah, C. and Keiden, C. (2010). Family Foundation Giving Trends 2010. Alliance Publishing Trust. ISBN 978-1-907376-08-5.
- Pharoah, C. (2010). Charity Market Monitor 2010 (CMM). CaritasData.
- Pharoah, C. and Keidan, C. (2009). Family Foundation Philanthropy 2009: UK, Germany, Italy, US. Alliance Publishing Trust.
- Nicholls, A. and Pharoah, C. (2008). The landscape of social investment: a holistic typology of opportunities and challenges. Oxford Said Business School.
- Pharoah, C. and Clegg, S. (2006). International comparisons of charitable giving. Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
- Pharoah, C. (2006). Charity Trends 2004-05. London: CAF/ CaritasData.
- Pharoah, C., Scott, D. and Fisher, A. (2004). Social enterprise in the balance. Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
- Pharoah, C. (2003). Public sector funding to the voluntary sector. London: Civil Society Media Limited.
- Pharoah, C. and McKenzie, T. Giving back to communities of residence and of origin: an analysis of remittance giving and charitable. London: Alliance Publishing Trust. ISBN 978-1-907376-18-4.
- GFK NOP (Private Sector) (2011)
Consulting on reearch for DCMS on fundraising by arts and sports organisations
Editorial activity (2)
- Voluntary Sector Review, Special Editor, 2013 – present.
- Voluntary Sector Review, Associate Editor, 2009 – 2013.
Media appearances (30)
- Cathy Pharoah: We need more innovative charities and fewer competing charity appeals. (2012) www.thirdsector.co.uk (website).
- Women's Hour - Women setting up business. (2012) BBC Radio 2 (radio).
- Big Society Capital could lock outsmaller charities, warn sector leaders. (2012) www.civilsociety.co.uk (website).
- We should pool data to find the black hole that sucks away so many donars. (2012) Third Sector (website).
- (2012) Channel 4 News (television).
- (2012) BBC Radio Somerset (radio).
- Anxiety increases about the prospects for fundraising. (2011) Third Sector (website).
- (2011) www.coomunicati.net (website).
- Inchanged charity giving casts doubt on Big Society Funding. (2011) Financial Times (newspaper).
- Uk giving hasn't risen as proportion of household spending in 20 years. (2011) www.fundraising.co.uk (website).
- Family foundation philanthropy in the Big Society. (2011) Charity Times (website).
- Banks' new take on giving. (2010) Wall Street Journal (newspaper).
- Hospices benefit from bequests. (2010) South Wales Argus (newspaper).
- Sir Tom forced to halve his donations to charity. (2010) The Herald (Glasgow) (newspaper).
- From big ideas to small steps, it's all become a bit Alice in wonderland. (2010) Third Sector (website).
- UK Big Society will depend on US business techniques, says Philip Blond. (2010) Civil Society Finance (unknown).
- Rich urged to donate more. (2010) Financial Times (newspaper).
- Cathy Pharoah: Spending cuts will reshape relations with beneficiaries and private donors. (2010) Third Sector (website).
- Pound Notes. (2010) Cumberland News Series (website).
- Good causes benefit little from December spending increases, says report. (2010) Third Sector (website).
- Animal charities benefit from UK wills. (2009) Belfast News Letter Group (newspaper).
- Charities gain from cash in wills. (2009) Shropshire Star (newspaper).
- (2009) Professional Fundraising (unknown).
- Health charities tope of the legacy league. (2009) Shropshire Star (newspaper).
- Recession hits young. (2009) South Wales Echo (newspaper).
- More than 900 apprentices have been made redundant. (2009) Daily Express (newspaper).
- Giving young people a future. (2009) The Northern Echo (newspaper).
- What if anything could the third sector expect from the G20 summit? (2009) Charity Times (website).
- Charities must adopt a new spirit of realism in tough times. (2008) Financial Times (newspaper).
- Recession advice marks opening of giving centre. (2008) Third Sector (website).