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A Guide to Digitally Storing Documents

Charity Digital news explains that there are many reasons to store paper documents at your charity’s offices or an external storage facility and  help you to review some of the best methods for digitally storing documents and provide some tips for streamlining the process.

There are many reasons why you need to keep documents for instance HMRC requires you to keep legal and financial documentation, such as invoices, contracts, and bank statements, for six years. If you offer a service that requires you to keep medical records, best practice is to retain them for ten years after the last patient interaction. You may also have documents that relate to donors, service users, volunteers, or research grant recipients that need to be stored safely.

The reasons to go paperless are compelling: costs are lower, security is greater, and any action to reduce the environmental impact of our organisations has become a moral imperative.

To read the article in full click here.

Source: Charity Digital News


How to Build an Impactful and Effective Digital Strategy

Charity Digital News discuss their five simple steps to creating an effective and impactful digital content strategy from scratch.

Content is a form of storytelling and needs to be aligned with your organisation’s goals. It can come in various forms, on various platforms, across various types of media.

The article takes you over their top tips to building an impactful and effective digital strategy with tips including:

  • Setting goals and allocating resources – Setting goals starts with defining what you hope to achieve.
  • Specific – Ensure your goals are specific by asking questions.
  • Measurable – Your specific goals should be measurable.
  • Achievable – How realistic are your goals?
  • Relevant – Keeping things relevant is important, particularly because you need to stay motivated.

To read the full article click here.

Source: Charity Digital News


FREE Webinar Recording – How and Why Impact Measurement is Crucial for Your Organisation

Charity Excellence Framework, in a free webinar, look at why impact measurement is important and explored why charities will need to step up to take a key role in what they hope will be a more ‘considerate economy’ following the pandemic and BREXIT.

With many charities in survival mode, impact measurement can easily drop off the priority list. However, measuring and articulating your impact is perhaps more critical now than ever. As effective impact measurement can help inform your crisis strategy as well as your longer term vision, ensuring that you don’t just create but maximise the impact of your organisation. Furthermore, charities need to know their impact in order to inform important internal decisions, communicate their value to funders, beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

To watch the webinar click here.

Source: Charity Excellence Framework


Survive and Thrive Tools Kits to Kick Start Your 2021

Charity Excellence Framework discuss, in their series of articles, the survive and thrive strategy tool kits which enable a charity to mitigate the risks and find opportunities that can be exploited in their favour. 

The toolkit they discuss does the spadework for you as it assesses the 2021 outlook and gives you everything you need to help you thrive and survive in 2021. By enabling you to identify the key issues and opportunities, and a simple process to turn that into an action plan.

The tool kit is broken down into three parts:

  • Part 1 – What 2021 might hold for the charity sector,
  • Part 2 – How to find the emerging opportunities and
  • Part 3 – How to use that to create your recovery strategy.

To read the articles click here.

Source: Charity Excellence Framework


Managing Funding Risks

It is important that Trustees and fundraisers are aware of the risks and take action to prevent them, as fundraising can be a risky business. In Fundraising UK’s post they explain the key fundraising risks and what can be done about them. 

One of the most common risks is the over reliance on a few income sources – such as too much funding from statutory sources. The answer will come as no surprise, diversification is the solution, which can take time but is usually possible and makes your organisation more sustainable. The risks of not diversifying are financial decline and even organisational closure.

Risks include:

  • Lack of a robust fundraising strategy
  • Over reliance on a few income sources
  • High staff turnover
  • Compliance issues
  • Accounting problems
  • High fundraising costs
  • Bad publicity
  • Growing competition
  • Lack of a fundraising culture and
  • Activity specific risks

To read the full article click here.

Save the Date: SCVO on 11th March 2021, 10am till 12pm will be running a FREE Introduction to Diversifying Your Income Webinar, aimed at exploring some of the potential opportunities available to charitable organisations in raising funds for their organisation. 

Source: Fundraising UK


Charity Fraud In A Pandemic

The Fraud Advisory Panel has released a new help sheet to help Charities stay safe during the pandemic and beyond. The help sheet has been created in partnership with Cancer Research UK, Charity Commission for England and Wales, Charity Finance Group, National Cyber Security Centre and the Small Charities Coalition.

By changing the way many charities must operate, the coronavirus pandemic has created new vulnerabilities which fraudsters and cybercriminals may exploit. This brief guide looks at what they are and how you can respond.

Click here to view the help sheet.

Source: Fraud Advisory Panel


How to Write to Decision-Makers Effectively

Paul Brollo explains his tips, tricks and techniques on how to communicate effectively with decision-makers in your charity to save you time and effort.  As any professional writer will tell you writing is a discipline and writing to influence and persuade isn’t any different.

In the article Paul discusses techniques such as a ‘Call to Action’ and how you choose to present it together with what you choose to put in your call needs to reflect how they think, feel and make their decisions. Or would you prefer to use the KFC method by asking yourself these three questions: What do you want your decision-makers to Know? What do you want them to Feel? What do you want them to Commit to doing?

To read the full article click here.

Source: DSC

 


How the UK Leaving the EU Will Affect Data Protection

NCVO in their latest article explain how leaving the EU at 11pm on 31st December 2020 will end the transition period of the UK leaving the EU and at this point the UK GDPR will replace EU GDPR. In their  knowhow pages they have updated this information to reflect what the differences are and how this will impact organisations in the UK.

It is important to remember data protection legislation covers everyone about whom you keep personal data on. This includes employees, volunteers, service users, members, supporters and donors.

To read NCVO’s knowhowpages click here.

Source: NCVO


Charity Governance Code Update

The Charity Governance Code was updated in 2020 following an extensive consultation period with the view of increasing our Sectors understanding of good governance and its stakeholders’ expectations, as we know these change over time.

The refresh to the Code reflects feedback that the steering group must strike a balance between continually updating the Code and potentially disrupting embedding the Code’s use. The enhancements focus on Principle 3: Integrity and Principle 6: Diversity, now called Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. These were the principles that received the most consistent feedback in the consultation as the areas where change was required.

To learn more about the Code and download a copy click here.

To read the press release about the Code click here.

Source: Charity Governance Code


How Charities Can Use Digital Resources

In Charity Digital new article they examine the best digital resources, frameworks, support and toolkits currently available to charities. Charities often need a helping hand with their operations and efficiency to ensure they are making the most of their capabilities, in particular around digital. There is a wealth of information, resources, agencies and reports that a charity can tap into to help them develop the right solution for them.

The article goes on to discuss some of the options available to charities to make the process easier, with topics including examining the full potential of civil society to ensuring they are ready for Brexit with an audit tool.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News


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