Digital Charities


As the digital world increasingly shapes how we work, we will bring you some of the latest news that will affect our sector


Launch of The Catalyst
Last week saw the launch of The Catalyst, a collaborative effort to put social purpose and ambition at the forefront of our new digital world.
The Catalyst sets out to revolutionise how we tackle social and environmental issues in the UK: reshaping organisations to be more responsive to the communities they serve; more resilient; and more collaborative in the creation and scaling of solutions. It is a coalition of major foundations, digital design agencies, civil society bodies and the UK government, seeking to massively accelerate the use of digital in the UK's voluntary and charity sector.
This is a brilliant initiative which NAVCA looks forward to supporting. Find out what happened at the launch event here.
Should your charity be in the Cloud?
Office 365 vs Office desktop: which is really best for your charity? This is the topic of a recent article from Charity Digital News which offers some impartial tips about Microsoft cloud and desktop services. Give it a read if you are considering whether to ditch the traditional desktop-based versions of programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint to move to Microsoft’s cloud-hosted versions. Read now.

Free charity toolkit upgrades revealed

The Charity Excellence Framework’s upgrade includes the launch of a tool to help charities prove the value of their work when seeking funding.

A free to access digital toolkit aimed at improving charity performance has been upgraded to include a tool to support income generation.

The funding tool has been developed by the Charity Excellence Frameworkto help charities ensure they can prove the impact of their work to the public and funders.

This offers a dashboard that tracks around 300 issues across the organisation in areas such as maximising impact, delivering value for money, financial sustainability and ability to deliver in terms of capacity and planning.

Compliance, leadership and safeguarding issues, such as tackling bullying and encouraging whistleblowing, are also included.

Samaritans develops new tool for self-help

The charity has partnered with Nominet to develop the online tool which aims to provide self-help for those coping with distress and suicidal thoughts  

Samaritans has announced it is developing a self-help tool for those coping with distress and suicidal thoughts, and a new system which will allow volunteers to respond to significant volumes of additional contacts.

Samaritans’ digital transformation partners, Nominet will provide £175,000, along with their services to support the development of the two new digital products.

Charity to create ‘Domesday’ sized UK disability access map

See Around Britain wants to expand its scope and has issued a public plea to help add more venues and attractions its online accessibility guide.

A charity travel website is appealing to the public to help it create a comprehensive ‘Domesday’ sized survey of disability access around the UK.

See Around Britain is a website and app that is GPS equipped to provide disabled holidaymakers and travellers with disability access information at venues, attractions and facilities across the UK.

The site is now looking to take its information to the next level by including reviews and photos of as many sites as it can in the UK with the public’s help.

Our top 13 digital tools for charities

Going digital’ doesn’t mean just using digital tools, is it much more about the culture of an organisation. That being said, digital tools can open up significant areas to explore, save you time and ultimately allow charities to do more good. There are thousands of digital tools out there that can help charities, but which ones should you use? We’ve put together a list of 13 tools that might be worth exploring for charities. What’s more, if you are a registered charity, they are all free!

Take a look at our guide, written for the Media Trust and available on its website now.

Infographic: Cyber Security in 2019

With a new year of cyber threats ahead of us, what are the cyber security trends and activities most likely to affect your organisation? Read more

'Third era of IT' brings the need for speed and scale

Nike Pike, Vice President of Europe at OutSystems discusses in this new digital age how experts are looking to accommodate speed and scale in digital transformation. Read more

Cyber security is about much more than technology

Every year, Canon hosts a Parliamentary Reception where it discusses the hot-button issues in public sector tech. One of the main talking points this year was security challenges in the sector – a topic GovTech Leaders picked up with Professor Lizzie Coles Kemp, Deputy Director of the Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security. Read more

Four charity cyber security trends for 2019

Online fraud such as phishing will continue to be a huge risk for charities in 2019 - fortunately the NCSC is also stepping up its game supporting the sector with educational resources.

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Online winter campaign to help vulnerable people

The annual winter campaign by Heart of England Community Foundation is targeting businesses and the public to help raise money to support those affected by issues such as food poverty.

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NSPCC launches Amazon Alexa donation tool

The NSPCC is among a growing number of charities to use voice recognition devices to accept donations.

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Why the charity sector needs digital skills: infographic

62% of charities are taking active steps to improve their digital culture - we take a look at the state of digital skills in the charity sector in 2018, and why charities are now making it a priority.

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