Charity Digital Code Secures Funding Boost

Charity Digital Code Secures Funding Boost

The Charity Digital Code of Practice has secured funding for a second year, with technology firm Cisco and networking group Charity IT Leaders pledging to support the initiative.

The two backers join founding funders Lloyds Banking Group and the Co-op Foundation, with support from the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) to back the code with £140,000 of support.

The Code was launched in November 2018 to increase the digital skills of those who work in charities. This has included the launch of a Charity Digital Code Quick Assessment Tool to give further help to charities looking to improve their digital capabilities.

It is voluntary and free to access for charities and includes a version tailored for small charities.

Securing Charities’ Long-Term Future

The support will be used to help the code to expand its reach among charities, connect with online audiences and help secure charities’ long-term futures.

Further work includes implementing testing and feedback mechanisms to make the code more responsive and to increase awareness and adoption of the code.

“We look forward to working with our fellow funders and the Charity Digital Code Steering Group to build a resource that will help charities of all sizes embed effective stakeholder-led digital strategies and practices into all aspects of their work and culture,” said Co-op Foundation Chair Jamie Ward-Smith.

Michelle Hill CEO of relationships charity TLC: Talk, Listen, Change, which has used the code, said: “The Charity Digital Code of Practice has been brilliant for us.

“It showed us what we were doing well, where we could stretch ourselves and what we’d not even thought of yet. From making the most of the digital systems we have to using our data to understand user insights, we have made improvements across our organisation thanks to advice and resources from the Code.

“Our digital activity is now integrated throughout our organisational strategy and business plan. We now see digital not as a bolt on or a nice added extra but as key to everything we do. It will be our blueprint for the next few years.”

Tech Trust CEO Jonathan Chevallier added: “The Digital Code can be a great help to leadership teams and trustees in achieving a balanced approach to their digital initiatives. It considers leadership and the strategic priorities whilst including other important aspects such as being user led and agile and responsive. I’m delighted to see this further funding which will help to further develop and embed the code across the sector.”

Source: Charity Digial News

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