The charity moved its IT functions online to cloud computing, saving £15,000 in year one. This saving is expected to grow as the charity does, and it is planning further efficiencies by using ‘thin clients’ - they get their processing power over the internet and work like traditional computers, but are cheaper to buy and maintain.
By using Skype, Street League saves £5,000 a year in train fares and phone bills, as well as improving alignment across its three remote teams in London, Glasgow and north-east England.
For £1,175 per year, up to 50 of its staff can access online learning resources from the Charity Learning Consortium, at the user’s own time and pace. It could easily spend £20,000 on offline equivalents.
Street League saves more than £15,000 a year on print costs by producing digital newsletters, flyers, impact reports and funding proposals.
Its football coaches have web-enabled phones so they can receive and follow up on referrals while out and about. The hard-to-reach people the charity works with benefit greatly from the quick response - much better than having to wait a week until they are back in the office.
Street League has invested in the development of a mutually owned online database. It’s ideal for smaller charities such as Street League and will deliver huge efficiencies as other investors push developments that it can then benefit from too.
It was introduced to a pro-bono IT consultant through iT4Communities to help it with its strategic thinking. He is now a trustee and trusted independent adviser.
"As a growing charity, we are saving more than £50,000 a year with online tools," said Charlie Gamble, national development officer at Street League.