A new HR system for non-profit and third sector organisations, CiviHR, is being launched next month to ensure charities have access to an effective and sustainable solution to address their HR requirements.
CiviHR is an integrated, open-source HR management application that has been designed for non-profits around the world, and which can be either downloaded for free or used as a hosted service via the web for a modest charge.
The solution is a fully comprehensive platform covering staff records, recruitment, appraisals and absence management, and also provides all staff with a remotely accessible self-service portal and a separate portal for managers. A built in reporting tool allows managers to gather valuable organisation performance data. As a single integrated system, it is much more user-friendly and cost-efficient than the disparate set of unconnected systems most organisations are currently using, which are hard to manage and difficult to draw data from.
The platform has been funded by Zing, a private foundation, and developed by Compucorp, a digital and design agency that specialises in creating solutions for non-profits, based on open-source software.
There are seven charities currently trialling CiviHR including UK Youth and Farm Africa, and the system will be available more widely soon after the official project launch on 8 September.
Andrew Tombs, project director of CiviHR, commented: “HR is difficult, especially for non-profit organisations with limited budgets and high numbers of volunteers and part-time staff. CiviHR is designed to be an affordable and comprehensive solution to fill the clear gap in the market for a suitable HR platform for non-profits operating not just in higher-income countries such as the UK, but also lower-income countries like India.
“Being Open Source will allow the product to have the greatest social impact as it lowers the cost barriers and gives organisations control over their investment. It also gives users the ability to customise and create new features, which will help us to continually improve the platform in line with the interests of the organisations we developed it for.”
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