Digital code for charities secures £140k in new funding

The steering group behind the Charity Digital Code of Practice says the funds will be used to make it more responsive to users

A free voluntary code designed to help charities improve their digital skills is to be expanded after it secured an additional £140,000 in funding.

The Charity Digital Code of Practice, which was launched last year, identifies seven principles that charities wanting to develop their digital activity should consider, and also suggests how progress can be measured.

The funds will be used to make the code more responsive to users, increasing awareness of it and working towards making it sustainable in the long term, a statement from the steering group behind the code said today.

The funding has been granted by existing funders the Lloyds Banking Group and the Co-op Foundation plus new backers the networking group Charity IT Leaders and the technology company Cisco.

The code’s steering group includes representatives from funders and charity umbrella bodies including the charity leaders organisation Acevo, the Charity Finance Group, the local infrastructure body Navca and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. It is chaired by the digital expert Zoe Amar.

The steering group said the code’s website had been visited by more than 7,300 people since it was launched in November.

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