Sharing economy for social good

Innovation charity Nesta is promoting, and supporting, the idea that the sharing economy can be used for good causes, not just as a way of renting out rooms.

A recent news item leads with the statement that the “younger generation (is) adopting ‘sharing economy’ platforms for social benefit, not just profit”:

  • Nearly a third of 16-34 year olds have used a collaborative economy platform for ‘a good cause’ in the past 12 months
  • Yet some 45 million British adults are not aware of how ‘sharing economy’ technologies can help them access social support services, or support community causes
  • But nearly a quarter (22%) of those would be interested in using one in in the future.
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Sage cloud accounting tailored for non-profits, including reduced cost

Accountancy software designed specifically for the not-for-profit sector has been launched by the Sage Foundation. Sage Live Non-profit is built on the Salesforce App Cloud and is available on the Salesforce AppExchange.

Eligible charities can get two Sage Live user licenses donated through the foundation, with further licenses at half price.

Sage has said it aims to “give non-profits access to cloud technology and tools tailored to their needs” including balance sheet, statement of financial activities (SoFA) reporting, general processing and fund management capabilities.

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A couple of fundraising resources

A couple of fundraising resource updates, coming our way via Fundraising UK. is a new fundraising platform run by a non-profit organisation operated by volunteers. Their approach is to get corporate sponsors to cover all the transaction costs associated with fundraising activities, including card processing fees. Fundraising UK article.

A key fundraising blog set up in 2011 is to become part of the Resource Alliance’s new digital platform, Resource Café. » Continue reading news item ... “A couple of fundraising resources”

Exploiting digital tech – trustee guide, volunteer experience

A short new guide which aims to help charity trustees exploit digital technology has been published by the Charity Commission, with input from Grant Thornton and Zoe Amar Communications. The guide consists of key questions for boards to consider, covering 12 areas such as service delivery, fundraising, governance, brand.

See the news release or go direct to the publication page for ‘12 Questions about digital for trustees‘ (web and pdf formats). » Continue reading news item ... “Exploiting digital tech – trustee guide, volunteer experience”

The latest charity social media guide

A Charity Social Media Toolkit has been produced by Skills Platform and Zoe Amar Communications. It features case studies and insights from Breast Cancer Care, Fawcett Society, NCVO, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and others.

Civil Society News coverage says:

It aims to “provide a grounding not just in fundamentals and tactics but also to share inspirational case studies from across the not for profit sector – without mentioning the Ice Bucket Challenge…”

There are eight chapters covering topics such as strategy, implanting social campaigns, growing networks, analytics and guidance encouraging employees to get behind campaigns.

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New website and services from charity IT body

The Charity IT Association (CITA) has launched a new website, with a new web address at

CITA started by offering two hour Tech Surgery consultations for registered charities in late 2015, and the new website paves the way for the introduction of an increased range of volunteer led services for charities.

The IT4Communities website also now forwards to CITA. When we first checked this went to an error page, but there is now info on the move. » Continue reading news item ... “New website and services from charity IT body”