Comic Relief

The charity opted to move its grant applications processes online to save time, hassle and paper

Comic Relief
Comic Relief

In 2010, the charity moved all grant applications and grants-making processes exclusively online.

95 per cent of both international and UK applicants had broadband internet.

87 per cent of applicants who used Comic Relief’s online application system were positive about their experience, describing the process as "friendly".

The charity is also planning to develop an online community for grantees to share best practice and manage reporting and monitoring of their grants.

Comic Relief saves energy and money with power management software. For example, as staff leave at the end of the day, unused systems power down. As a result, it expects to save the equivalent of about 12 acres of Scandinavian rainforest each year.

Comic Relief saves time, hassle and paper with online collaboration tools. Teams develop documents online, which others then engage with when ready, easily flagging up issues, requesting changes and making comments. These are prioritised and worked on by the technology team, with stakeholders being notified of progress automatically.

For Red Nose Day 2009. the charity brokered a mobile phone deal whereby 100 per cent of out-payments from text donations were retained by the charity. £7.8m was raised through £1 and £5 text donations.

"In 2008 our trustees identified technology as a strategic priority in achieving our ambitions," said Marcus East, chief technologist at Comic Relief. "We use a wide range of technologies to improve efficiency, reduce costs and save time, for ourselves and some of our partners."


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