How can the nonprofit sector overcome its digital skills gap?

The third sector’s massive digital skills gap is seriously impacting fundraising efforts, research has found. How can charities get where they need to be?

Chloe Green | 15th May 15

Almost 60 per cent of charities lack basic digital skills, according to the latest Lloyd’s Bank UK Businesses Digital Index, which tracks digital adoption amongst small businesses and charities. With the most digitally mature charities more than twice as likely to see funding increases year-on-year, the implications are huge.

According to Miguel-Àngel Rodríguez-Sola, Group Director for Digital at Lloyds Banking Group: “We cannot emphasise enough the benefits that digital adoption can offer — such as saving time, increasing revenue or funding and reaching wider audiences. Digital is the key to unlocking these benefits. There needs to be further awareness to give charities the confidence to do more online.”

With this in mind the Academy of Digital Business Leaders (ADBL) has launched their Diploma in Digital Business Leadership, which covers essential skills for third sector leaders and provides a comprehensive toolkit for digital transformation.

The ADBL is offering Charity Digital News readers ten 50%-funded places on the first cohort fully open to the public, kicking off in July. At just £2,497, the places are expected to fill in the coming weeks.

The Diploma is an invaluable networking opportunity, allowing leaders to work alongside and learn from other leaders. Join colleagues from across the third sector, including Victim Support Scotland, Oasis Partnership, Livin, Remploy and PIP-UK Poland Syndrome Support.

Enquire with The ADBL to get course information. Charity Digital News readers can reserve a place in just five minutes over the phone on 020 7173 5901. You can also email