IT For Charities
Good practice, case studies, expert advice and tips on information technology for charity managers and finance professionals.
Platforms like Wordpress and Drupal, which are maintained by a community of users, can be a cost-effective and flexible option for charities, writes the digital media manager at Epilepsy Action
The government was once criticised for its delayed, cancelled and compromised IT projects, but recently there have been some good examples that charities could learn from, says the charity IT expert
Staff can defraud an organisation of time as well as money; so it is important to have clear codes of conduct, writes Gill Taylor
Big data - the gathering and analysis of large sets of figures - is playing an increasing part in business decision-making. Jenna Pudelek finds out, with two case studies, how it can help make charities more effective
Does the growth of unified communications mean that email's days are numbered? IT consultant John Dryden doubts it
Finance staff have too often been ensconced in ivory towers where they work their magic, says Peter Gotham
How to keep your IT systems working when the worst happens, by IT consultant John Dryden
In this second article, Peter Groucutt outlines some of the benefits charities should expect from a migration to cloud computing
In the first of two articles, Peter Groucutt gives an insight into what cloud computing can do for charities
The internet can be used to develop your brand if used correctly, writes IT consultant Andrew Brenson
The most successful outsourcing arrangements are based on partnership and genuine mutual benefit, writes IT consultant Andrew Brenson
IT consultant Andrew Brenson looks at why charities invest so little in technology
Advances in technology mean that data can be lost more easily, says IT consultant Andrew Brenson
A new IT system might not solve all your problems, says Helen Simmons, finance director at the Diocese of London
The Charity Technology Trust chief executive tells David Ainsworth how IT can be a strategic tool
The gurus say charities are mostly failing to make the most of giving on the web. Sophie Hudson asks them for the remedy
All organisations have to ensure the data they collect is secure, but charities often deal with particularly sensitive information. Mathew Little looks at how they can protect themselves
Putting in place an efficient and cost-effective IT system can seem like a daunting and expensive task for many charities. David Ainsworth lists six simple solutions from the specialists, while related articles profile Richard Craig of the Charity Technology Trust and address data security and online fundraising
Robin Christopherson, head of digital inclusion at AbilityNet, details the options available for those with vision impairment
If you need to update an exisiting website, it doesn't have to be expensive, says Anne Stafford of iT4Communities
If you need to make wholesale changes to your IT, there are plenty of sources of good advice, says Anne Stafford of iT4Communities
If your network needs replacing, consider a move to cloud computing, says Anne Stafford of iT4Communities
If you're building a database, it may not be the best option to start from scratch, says Anne Stafford
If you plan to send out bulk emails, don't use your regular system, says Anne Stafford
There are several resources for improving your site for disabled users, says Anne Stafford
Sharing IT services with other charities offers economies of scale - and there are ways to address security concerns
Gift Aid on donations in charity shops requires investment in technology and training, but it will make money and boost your donor database
The charity is aiming to cut the power use of its computer systems by over 40 per cent
Expert advice and tips on specialist areas of charity finance.
Art Services Grants Limited Hackney, London.
Head of Finance
The Institute of Fundraising London (Central), London (Greater)
Trustee as Treasurer
Off The Record Youth Counselling Croydon Croydon (City/Town), London (Greater)
Grants and Relationships Director
Allchurches Trust Limited Gloucester/London and home based
Deputy Head of Development (Major Gifts)
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama London (Central), London (Greater)
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