Using a website to make the world a better place
Good Third Sector Leadership
When we were looking at websites we spoke with a social enterprise called Chatterbox – they are doing great things using refugees skills and developing something which adds value to society, to the refugees and to paying customers – and their website is crucial to all of it:
We wanted to share with you how they use and view their website:
Making the changes - our story
In continuously challenging times - how do we lead third sector organisations;
Ways to find - and give - hope
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….
What's wrong with charity websites?
Sometimes the world we live in can seem a daunting place, with political turmoil and tragedies happening all the time - so what difference can we make?
4 free things not for profits can do improve website traffic
Small charity websites, why are they not easier? We asked what really gets under your skin and makes your life more difficult:
Social media and not for profits - it's exhausting working out what you should be doing?
Getting found on the internet is important to charities and not for profits - but how should you go about it? Find out why not keeping a blog may be harming your chances of being found.
From spending on admin to over simplifying - what's the not for profit to do!
Social media has been a great asset to charities over the last few years. The Ice bucket challenged proved that it can have massive organisation changing impact, if you have something which goes viral and resonates with the population. However this increases pressure on charities to find their "viral moment"
Who Said Tender Deadline........... 🤔
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
Reviewing a fantastic year!
Tender writing in small charities often brings with it a lot of stress and responsibility. The thought of not winning the tenders often means job loses and the end of a service which you believe in - being a part of a smaller organisation this also means that you know the people and issues personally - so the pressure can feel over whelming.
What do digital solutions look like for charities with limited budget?
Taking a look at 2016/17 and seeing all that we have covered and learnt ☺
Problem solving - it's what the third sector does so why is it digital innovation is hard?
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
Not another big cheque picture!
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
Creating a good press release is a struggle for many organisations - take a look at the tips Justine Gaubert shared with us.
Managing charities and social enterprises efficiently and effectively
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.
What makes a great charity website?
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!
Tips for motivating volunteers
– 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
Organisations rely on the support of volunteers, this means finding, recruiting and motivating people to come and help your cause, society, organisation. There are many reasons why people choose to volunteer, in this article we give you tips, ideas and don'ts for managing your volunteer recruitment well and effectively.
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,