Charities can apply to take part in a free event that will give them access to professional help with building a mobile app for their fundraising and donor communications.
The software company the Kaldor Group is holding a "charity hack day" in London on 15 May. Up to six charities will be able to work with the group’s designers and developers to build their own apps. Registered charities of all sizes are eligible to apply.
Jonny Kaldor, co-founder of the Kaldor Group, told Third Sector that participants would develop the apps using the company’s Pugpig mobile publishing platform. After the event, they would be given a year’s access to the platform, he said, and they could continue developing and using the app for free until May 2016.
After a year they would be able either to continue publishing their content through Pugpig, at a cost of £300 a month, or to move their app to a free platform, a spokeswoman for Kaldor added. "Whoever they move to would just need to import it," she said.
Kaldor said: "We’re looking for charities that already have content and want to find a new way of engaging donors and promoting their work. Charities can use the app as a new way to engage with donors and supporters, to promote the work that the charity is doing and to recruit supporters for events and various fundraising activities."
Charities can apply to attend the event by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, giving a short description of their organisation, the online content they would use their app to publish and their existing methods of communicating with donors.