Making the changes - our story

Making the changes - our story

Ever since Laura and her family decided they were moving to America, we’ve been thinking about what it meant for the future of the Third Sector Café. The café has been a joint project from the start, and the option to -carry on without Laura didn’t really seem much fun for Sophy, back in not-as-sunny-as-Atlanta Sheffield. We did consider packing up the cafe – over 6 years we’ve both put in many voluntary hours and perhaps – at the end of the day – that could be said to be enough? But…. 

From spending on admin to over simplifying - what's the not for profit to do!

From spending on admin to over simplifying - what's the not for profit to do!

September usually brings with it a breath of fresh air and a renewed energy for developing our skills and looking at new ideas or rediscovering old ones! 
We've used this weeks newsletter to look at a few things that we've been tweeting about in more detail than 140 characters. 
The first was a recent article by Giving Evidence  Good charities spend more on administration than less good charities spend  

What do digital solutions look like for charities with limited budget?

What do digital solutions look like for charities with limited budget?

What do digital solutions look like for charities with limited budgets and no IT departments we talked to the talented guys at Endeavour to see what day to day solutions they use and what tech challenges /changes they are facing.

Developing your presence now has digital implication - at Endeavour they knew they wanted to increase their presence but that it would also take a tech investment

Problem solving - it's what the third sector does so why is it digital innovation is hard?

Problem solving - it's what the third sector does so why is it digital innovation is hard?

Problem solving - it's what the third sector is particularly good at. They are the people on the front line dealing with some of the most difficult and transient problems society faces. There's no money tree available and we have to think agilely and responsively to the current circumstances - all key skills which are relevant to the digital sector but yet as a sector we are far behind - with Almost half of all charities in the of UK lacking basic digital skills, according to Lloyd's Bank UK Digital Index and the State of the Sector report suggesting that there's “limited understanding among charities of what digital and data can achieve”.

Communities fighting back

Communities fighting back

Living in a vibrant community has great outcomes for the population who live there, there’s a support structure which underpins civil society. Across all walks of life and in all phases of life, we are affected by the community organisations around us, they have a positive knock on effect on the economy around us as they help us engage in society. However they are not easily quantifiable and look different in different places.

Managing charities and social enterprises efficiently and effectively

Managing charities and social enterprises efficiently and effectively

With so many technological advances charities are expected to do more and know more, but, how do you know what is right for your charity. We are starting to look at what's right for your organisation, making sure you make the choices that help you to deliver more and don't end up with you in difficult situations or costing a fortune!

What makes a great charity website?

What makes a great charity website?

– yes, we know that there are a lot of other ingredients that go into a really good website but ultimately if it’s just a fancy shop front with nothing to back it up - it isn’t going to work. We know that there are many amazing charities, social enterprises, voluntary groups out there so we know there is massive potential! But we know that many lack the confidence!

Understanding what motivates volunteers in their words

Understanding what motivates volunteers in their words

Inspired by a recent blog post from Manchester Community Centre We want to unpack some of the ideas around motivating volunteers through volunteers themselves so we’ve asked a few to let us know their thoughts:

Often times we read articles about connecting people to the impact they are having – this can often be hard, especially when we are faced with multi-layer organisations,

How stories paid for my patchouli and horrifying trousers

How stories paid for my patchouli and horrifying trousers

Self-appointed "thought leaders” make their money from the next big concept. Is the tide of interest in applying the principles of “storytelling” to communication the latest fad, here today and set to disappear next year?

And is it all a waste of time anyway for time-poor charities, social enterprises and businesses, and their audiences, in this era of rapid-responses, instant decision making and increasing demands on our attention span?

 

Planning the design of your website, and the resources that can help you

Planning the design of your website, and the resources that can help you

So far in this series, we’ve looked at why it’s important to think about the purpose of your website, and how thinking about the structure of the website can help you to harness the power of storytelling to engage your website visitors. In this final blog post we’re going to bring everything together to decide on the branding of our example website.

Using your website to tell a story

Using your website to tell a story

In the previous blog post we talked about identifying a purpose for your website and getting clear on actions that you want website visitors to take. This week, we'll be using that information to plan the framework for our example campaign website that we're going to make on the 19th January, and thinking and how we're going to encourage people to take those actions. We're also going to choose a name for the campaign!