Charity

COVID-19: One in three charities has cancelled services due to lack of digital skills or tech
07/05/2020
Our survey of charity digital skills has been updated to include information on how COVID-19 has affected the sector. One early finding is that one in three lack the skills or tech to cope. Read More

Charity Digital Skills Report 2019 Launched
13/06/2019
The Charity Digital Skills Report is the definitive survey of the digital skills landscape across the third sector. Now in its third year, the report provides an annual barometer of the state of digital skills within the charity sector. Read More
 
The story behind The Charity Digital Skills Report
25/04/2019
If you were trying to improve your fitness, what’s the first thing you’d do? You might join a gym, get advice from a personal trainer or start working out with a friend. Either way you’d probably want to know where you were at before setting yourself some goals, whether it’s running a 5k or doing a triathlon. If you want to move forward you’ve got to find out where you are. That’s the rationale behind The Charity Digital Skills Report. Read More

 
Digital Could Help Health Charities Reach More Patients
14/03/2018
The Skills Platform and Zoe Amar Communications have today launched the Charity Digital Skills Report 2018; the annual barometer which measures the progress of digital within healthcare charities and the wider sector. Top line results reveal incremental progress has been made; but is this slow pace of change fast enough and is a lack of digital capability causing healthcare charities to miss out on reaping the benefits of digital transformation. Read More
 
Key Trends from the Charity Digital Skills Report 2018
13/03/2018
Overall, we’ve seen some improvements this year. A number of charities are using digital more strategically. There has however been little change in other areas, and I worry that the pace isn’t fast enough, given the speed of change in digital. Compared to last year, there is growing pressure on funders and charity leaders to raise their game online. And as a trustee, I’m concerned to read that the majority of charities either don’t know or aren’t aware of any plans to improve the digital skills of trustees. Read More

 
Digital Skills Report: Our Partnership With The Charity Learning Consortium
22/01/2018
This year, we are proud to be partnering with the Charity Learning Consortium to help expand the reach of the 2018 Charity Digital Skills Report. The Charity Learning Consortium offer cost effective, quality eLearning to more than two million people in the third sector across the UK Read More
 
 
The 2018 Charity Digital Skills Report
19/01/2018
The 2018 Charity Digital Skills Report has been launched with three key aims: To assess progress and changes in the sector following the 2017 report. To allow individual charities to reflect on changes they have made over the last 12 months. To allow charities to benchmark themselves against sector averages. In addition, the 2018 report has added a section to help understand health charities and hospices in greater depth. Read More

 
Five Tips for Digital Fundraising
16/05/2017
Removing cash reduces the risk and cost of cash handling, average basket values are consistently higher online than offline, Gift Aid is easier to apply digitally and GDPR compliant data simpler to verify. All good reasons for celebrating a move to non-cash giving but charities will need to grab the opportunity now and then adapt their processes over the coming years to maximise such changing habits. In this blog, we identify five tips for successful non-cash fundraising. Read More
 
 
The Charity Digital Toolkit Launches Today!
06/04/2017
Following the launch of The Charity Digital Skills Report, which revealed that many UK charities are still struggling to get to grips with digital, we have launched the the Charity Digital Toolkit. This is a sequel to the successful Charity Social Media Toolkit and showcases best practice, expert insight and practical tips to directly help charities navigate through digital transformation. Read More

 
Charity Digital Skills Report Launched
23/01/2017
Help us understand the digital needs of the charity sector, by completing our survey which will build the charity digital skills report. This report will identify skills gaps and areas to prioritise for training and development across the sector. Read More
 
 
5 insights from the Third Sector Digital Leaders’ programme
18/10/2016
Last week we welcomed the very first cohort to the Third Sector Digital Leaders’ programme, which we are running in partnership with The School for Social Entrepreneurs. It’s the first digital leadership skills training programme of its kind in England and Wales, aimed exclusively at the leaders and senior management of charities and social enterprises. Read More

 
#CharitySocMedToolkit Twitter: How charities are using social media
22/09/2016
How are charities using social media? What issues are they facing? How can they overcome them? These are some of the questions raised in our recent twitter chat as part of the launch of the Charity Social Media Toolkit. This article summarises the chat and responses. Read More
 
 
How to Fundraise with Social Media - Interview with Ross McCulloch
01/09/2016
Ross McCulloch shares his advice on how charities can fundraise via social media. Ross discusses tips for small charities and the emerging power of Instagram. Read More

 
The Future Of Social Advertising for Charities - HINT It's Video!
31/08/2016
An interview with Matt Oliver from Search Star on social media advertising for charities. Matt shares his top tips on Google ad grants, social advertising best practice and the future of social media. Read More
 
 
7 things you need to get right in digital transformation
11/08/2016
According to Harvard Business Review, 66-84% of digital transformations fail. Why is this? As a starter for ten, I’ve mapped out below 7 ‘big picture’ things it’s critical to get right. I’ve included three questions to help you get going in each area, although bear in mind there are a lot more Read More

 
The Charity Social Media Toolkit PDF Download
21/07/2016
The Charity Social Media Toolkit is available for all not for profit organisations - large and small. Read the PDF version of the toolkit here. Read More
 
 
What Is Digital Transformation Anyway?
07/07/2016
Digital transformation is the buzzword of the moment. Chances are that your organisation is either in the thick of it, about to start it or at least talking about whether to do it or not. But what does it actually mean? In his recent blog, Matt Collins points out that definitions are few and far between. And if you’ve yet to be convinced about the need to go digital then Matt’s blog is a treasure trove of useful stats as to why you should. Read More

 
7 ways to get buy in for your digital strategy
26/04/2016
Your team are chomping at the bit to get going with developing a digital strategy. Yet it’s proving difficult to get off the ground. Your board aren’t convinced that they need to invest in it this year, your CEO is nervous of Twitter (and most other digital channels), and your colleagues who were initially so enthusiastic about the project are losing heart. Does this all sound familiar? Read More