How can charities use digital technology? Should I build an app? How do I address a digital skills gap?
Despite transforming how many charities and funders work, particularly when it comes to communications and campaigns, technology’s influence over how these organisations deliver services has been limited.
We think tech should be used for product and service design to help provide better support for more people, not just for spreading the word and mobilising support.
We also believe the charity sector’s adoption of digital should be collective and coordinated to minimise expense, avoid duplication, and maximise impact. We launched a new innovation space, NPC Labs, as a place for us to work in the open on new ideas.
To help charities get started, we’ve published a guide to developing your digital roadmap.
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.
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.
Introducing our new open and collaborative initiative to develop digital solutions to the challenges young people face.
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?