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At first glance, the concept of independence might seem detached from the primary concerns of not-for-profit staff, volunteers and donors. Few beneficiaries of charitable action will perceive the help they receive to be greater when provided by an organisation that is manifestly independent. But in this report of the Future World Giving project, we argue that independence is fundamental to understanding the health of a vibrant civil society populated by strong, sustainable and mission driven not-for-profit organisations. Furthermore, we demonstrate that governments have an important role to play in creating a space for independent action and guaranteeing freedoms that underpin a sector that can, when encouraged to forge a strategic course, contribute to social, economic and cultural prosperity for all.