The Charity Commission, Grant Thornton and Zoe Amar Communications have launched 12 Questions about digital for trustees, a new resource intended to help trustees exploit digital for their charity. The guide contains examples of key questions that every board should be considering when approaching digital. They cover 12 wider areas relating to charity activity, such as fundraising, governance, brand, and service delivery.
The tool aims to facilitate conversations between trustees as well as between the board and charity staff, and to raise awareness amongst trustees of the strategic importance of digital. It looks at the opportunities digital can bring for charities, including better governance, and how trustees can ensure they are prepared for the potential challenges of digital.
Zoe Amar, Founder and Director of Zoe Amar Communications said: “There are wide-ranging benefits and exciting possibilities for charities in adopting digital, including ease of collaboration, reduced costs, and greater audience reach. As a trustee of a charity myself, I appreciate how daunting technology can seem, but not adopting technology can present as much of a risk as adopting it, and in the long term digital will only help charities be more sustainable and future proof the sector.”
Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission added: “As we encourage users to increasingly engage with the commission online, we want to reassure users and trustees with low IT skills or confidence levels that there is support for them.
“Our questions by no means cover every single aspect of digital, but we hope trustees can use them to start a conversation about how they can plan for and respond to digital change in their organisation and determine where technology can add value.”
The resource signposts to other relevant guidance and advice for trustees such as Get Safe Online. Grant Thornton, Zoe Amar Communications and Green Park Interim & Executive Search, supported by the Commission, are also planning future informal events to support charity leaders on their journey with digital.
The resource is available on GOV.UK.
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