A website packed with resources and tools to help you establish and maintain an online presence to promote and expand your organisation. Set up by Google, the Media Trust and the Charity Technology Trust.
West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service produce a wide range of free good practice guides on financial topics. Along with the expected accounting practice, there are materials on financial management for management committees, costing and planning funding bids, tax and Gift Aid
Using social media for recruitment is a growing trend as a cost-effective method to help widen your pool of candidates. Here are some tips on taking this approach.
Social media has had a huge impact on the workplace. As well as bringing great opportunities it's also presented challenges, for example how organisations promote and control their reputation and how colleagues treat one another. It's important to develop a policy on social media use at work view ACAS social media guidance
A copyright notice is a concise note published by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) providing basic copyright guidance. For example, there is a copyright notice about the use of digital images. Click on the link and go to section 8 for a list of current notices.
Online giving is a relatively unexplored area for local voluntary organisations. Yet it is a prime area to get donations these days and those donations often go to the big nationals who design their websites to maximise that income. This info graphic tells you the basic design considerations for maximising your site.
While the infographic doesn't distinguish between types of charity (fundraisers, information providers, service deliverers), it does show that this is an area where the public has expectations. They expect to be able to research charities, often using mobile devices. Do our websites respond well to mobile searches? Are they up-to-date? Do they encourage people to contact or engage with our group and the activities it carries out? Definitely food for thought
Facebook is rolling out a new tool which allows users to make donations to charity with the simple click of a button. The ‘Donate’ button, introduced in 2013 to a select number of charities, can now be used for all non-profits on Facebook pages and link ads.
Only 17 per cent of UK adults prefer to use their smartphone to make a charity donation according to new research released by Fonix and One Poll, with pushy communication techniques impacting on how consumers engage with charities. This compares with 33 per cent who go through websites and 29 per cent who prefer direct debit. The researchers see this as a sign of untapped potential but realistically it demonstrates that it is important not to neglect the impact you can have through your website and the importance of cultivating regular giving.
Studies of data breaches reported to the Information Commissioners Office show an increasing problem for charities in this area. Interestingly, they also show that nearly two thirds of these breaches were due, not to cyber attacks but to human error, such as sending confidential information to the wrong person.
We often look at information security based on people stealing confidential information, physically or electronically. But clearly there is much to be done thinking about how we handle sensitive information about our users.