New digital code for charities published

The Charity Digital Code of Practice identifies seven principles for organisations that want to develop their digital activity

The final version of the Charity Digital Code of Practice has been published.

The voluntary code has been drawn up to help charities improve their digital skills and increase their take-up of digital activity. It is free to use. 

It identifies seven principles that should be considered by charities wanting to develop their digital activity, including culture, skills, adaptability and best practice for beneficiaries.

It also suggests how progress could be measured.

The code, which has been funded by the Lloyds Banking Group and the Co-op Foundation, has been overseen by a steering group of charity representatives chaired by the digital expert Zoe Amar.

A statement announcing the launch of the code today said resources including how-to guides, video case studies and tips from other charities would help organisations put the code into practice.

A version of the code for smaller charities has also been produced along with help for those with limited resources.

Organisations that were represented on the code’s steering group included the chief executives body Acevo, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Small Charities Coalition, the local infrastructure body Navca and the Charity Commission.

Sarah Atkinson, director of policy, planning and communications at the Charity Commission, said: "For charities to stay relevant, increase the difference they can make and protect themselves from risks, understanding and engaging with the digital world is vital.

"The enthusiasm with which the charity sector has responded, and the willingness to use the code and increase digital skills indicated in the responses, is very positive. 

"As regulator, we want to ensure charities have the information and tools they need to succeed, and that’s why we are pleased to continue supporting the development of the code."

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