Martha Lane Fox, the Government's newly appointed digital inclusion champion, has urged charitable foundations to award more grants to charities for their core functions and IT.
In an interview to mark the announcement of Government's Race Online 2012 initiative, intended to bring four million more people online by the time the London Olympic Games begin, Lane Fox told Third Sector it was "eye-opening" that charities often struggled to fund technology.
"They should be able to get money for core funding, not only for starting new projects," she said.
Lane Fox, who founded travel website lastminute.com and is chair of grant-giving foundation Antigone, said: "Technology is not usually at the front of people's minds, but investing in it can allow charities to work more quickly and effectively."
She said the Government's campaign would not fund IT systems for charities or give them funds to help their beneficiaries get online. But she said the website would include information to help charity beneficiaries to use the internet.
Thee Race Online 2012 campaign is expected to be launched within the next six weeks.