Finance: Think before you buy new IT, warns Greenpeace

Mathew Little

Charities should make better use of the IT and software systems they already have before they invest in expensive new solutions, delegates at the Charity Finance Directors' Group IT conference were told last week.

Marco van den Berg, head of the information and communications technology unit at Greenpeace International, said IT should be treated as a means to an end, facilitating aims such as greater transparency.

Also addressing the conference, David Clayden, head of strategic information at the Salvation Army, advised charities to "get smart" in their relationships with suppliers. He urged them to form partnerships with other organisations to strengthen their negotiating position.

CFDG deputy chief executive David Membrey said IT was central to charities' financial management. "IT, if used in a smart way, can significantly improve the internal management information senior charity executives can gather and communicate to stakeholders," he said.

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