Digital technology is transforming how many charities and funders work, particularly when it comes to communications and campaigns. But technology’s influence over how these organisations deliver services has been limited.
As well as helping to spread the word and mobilise people, we think tech should be used for product and service design to help provide better support for more people.
And we think the charity sector’s adoption of digital should be collective and coordinated to minimise expense, avoid duplication, and maximise impact.
Key tools, resources and commentary on digital
Developing your digital roadmap is aimed at charities that are working out how to get started on their own digital change process, and the people who need to be bought into that change—senior managers, Chief Execs and trustees.
Charities are increasingly developing digital services to better connect with their communities, save money and increase their impact. But how can charities make sure that the digital services they offer are having an impact?
Tech for common good: The case for a collective approach to digital transformation in the social sector
To tackle social problems in their entirety, organisations need to mount a collective approach and tackle problems at the sector level. This is a first step in a much larger mission of digital culture change in the social sector, and we look forward to engaging with charities, government and businesses on the recommendations and next steps.
Andrew Weston outlines two key questions charities must ask themselves when designing a digital product or service.
In light of the launch of NPC's new report on digital transformations, Tris Lumley explains what good adoption of digital looks like for the sector, and why charities are at risk if they fail to adapt.
As pretty much everyone has noticed, we’re in the middle of a great revolution driven by digital technology and the internet. But what should grant-making trusts and foundations make of this? Tris Lumley argues why much of funding practice is not currently compatible with the tech world.
Technology has played only a minor role in the charity sector. We have websites, social media, and online fundraising, but on the whole our technological advances have been incremental, not transformative. Director of Development, Tris Lumley, hopes this all about to change.
Much of the current discussion about digital transformation is about transforming individual nonprofits and social enterprises from the ground up. This is fantastic. But the transformation I’m most interested in—and where NPC wants to play a role through a forthcoming programme of work—is rooted in value chains.
For many charities aware of the need to modernise, building an app can seem like a great way to step into the twenty first century. But is this the right approach? And how can charities ensure that their beneficiaries remain at the heart of the decision?
Is building an app right for your charity? Alex Green shares four things you should consider when thinking about digital.
NPC Labs is a sketchbook, drawing board and very ambitious to-do list all rolled in to one. A place where we can think out loud, debate new ideas and move from thinking on our own to thinking as part of a wider community.
Does the social sector need its own digital revolution? A speech originally delivered by Tris Lumley at the 4th MSF-CSC Conference in Singapore on the fourth of November 2019.
What do charities and technology have in common? In many cases they're each about search & discovery, signposting & helping. But they do it with different goals. Tris Lumley, NPC Director of Innovation and Development shares his thinking on their respective roles and how they could help each other.
Amelia Smith of Buttle UK talks about their organisational journey to make the best use of data ahead of her appearance at NPC Ignites.
My Best Life is an open and collaborative project seeking digital solutions to the challenges young people face.
We’ve been working with Nominet and ParentZone to investigate the online safety landscape for young people so charities and funders can proactively drive best practice.
Children today have grown up with technology all around them. But treating children like adults is a dangerous road to take. We believe charities and funders are well placed to be a leading voice in online safety.
Almost a third of groups we looked at are prioritising technology to overcome loneliness among young people. Here's how...
New NPC research highlights the massive potential of apps, developed by charities, to help young people with their mental health. But a crowded market, risk and cost are just some of the issues charities face doing this. So how should funders support them?
This paper reviews the landscape of mental health provision for young people. It explores how services are suited to certain conditions, the features which makes services appealing to young people, and suggests strategies by which funders can support charities to do more in this area in future.