Want to give your charity a digital makeover in 2019, skill up your staff or start a new digital-based project? The internet is a gold mine of charity-specific information, digital guidance, digital training for charities, digital volunteers and expertise to draw on, if you know where to look.
Charity Digital News has gathered the best free and low-cost digital resources for charities to boost their digital know-how and connect with others in the digital space.
1 – The Charity Digital Code of Practice
Number one on our list, the Charity Digital Code of Practice draws from the collaborative expertise of a large number of organisations including Tech Trust, ACEVO, CAST, the NCVO and the Charity Commission.
If you haven’t taken some time out to digest this resource yet, we recommend making this your end-of-2018 resolution. It should be on the required reading list for all charity trustees, CEOs and anyone with an interest in being successful with digital.
2 – CAST – Digital design principles
Most effective when read in conjunction with the Code, The Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST)’s Digital Design Principles includes guidance and case studies for charities to design better digital services.
3 – Small Charities Coalition
The Small Charities Coalition catalogues a range of useful resources on its website from tools, templates and guides to services and commercial partners, on a wide number of topics aimed at helping charities increase their impact.
The Coalition also hosts webinars and training events, some of which focus on digital topics such as digital media, regulation and online fundraising.
4 – Skills Platform
Skills Platform links charities up with training providers and offers e-learning bundles on a range of charity-specific topics such as health and care, but also workplace development such as data governance and project management, all designed to be affordable for charities.
It also produces some useful free resources such as the Charity Digital Toolkit and toolkits for social media.
5 – Charity IT Association
The Charity IT Association (CITA) is a specialist IT consultancy for charities (and a registered charity itself) that provides advice and recommendations on a volunteer basis, whether about your current IT set-up or a project you want to deliver.
6 – NCVO, Knowhow Nonprofit
We recommend NCVO’s Knowhow Nonprofit website for how-to guides and e-learning on a wide range of governance and funding topics, including risk management and measuring your digital skills. Its free benchmarking and analysis tools are also worth a look.
Register as a NCVO member to access the more in-depth members-only free training.
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