Finance: Free consultancy offer for charities

Helen Warrell

IT management company Anston Consulting is offering a day's free consultancy to 30 not-for-profit organisations that need help with IT strategy and project management issues.

Maureen Vevers, managing director of Anston, said this was a prime opportunity for organisations to understand what consultancy could offer.

"The main point of the initiative was to let people try consulting, and this is a trial without risk," she said. "I understand that charities don't want to throw money at something if it might not work."

Vevers explained that some third sector groups seem to be wary of external advisers, who are seen as "people who come in from a big private sector background with a desire to make changes".

Vevers said that because advisers are not involved in the politics of the sector, they have an outside view and are capable of making make a "real impact".

However, the Anston analysts emphasised that they will not mend printers, wire up networks or get rid of computer viruses. Vevers said their priorities were to make sure that not-for-profit organisations were spending "the right money on the right things and deploying the right resources".

Interested organisations can apply at the website www.anstongiving.net.

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