Small charities asked to help digital accelerator programme

CAST is asking for input for its new accelerator programme specifically aimed at small charities, launching in July

Chloe Green | 5th Apr 18
CAST digital accelerator for charities

Tech for good organisation CAST (Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology) is looking for smaller charities’ input for its new digital accelerator programme launching in July.

Aimed at smaller charities wanting to make a big impact with digital, the fully-funded Fuse accelerator programme is a 12 week workshop where charities are paired up with a team of digital experts from CAST, to plan and build a new digital service or product for them to take to pilot.

Chairites that have worked with CAST so far include Breast Cancer Care and Action for Children – but now the organisation is seeking out smaller charities to boost their digital innovation and knowledge.

CAST is asking charities with annual income of £1m or less to share their ambitions and challenges around digital, and what would help them achieve their vision. They will use this feedback to help shape the Fuse accelerator programme, along with new programmes, resources and events aimed at smaller charities.

Charities can book a 30 minute call with CAST and in return will recieve support, expertise and connections.

“Often under-recognised, smaller charities are the lifeblood of the sector,” said CAST. “But in the fast-changing digital context, we know it can be easy for tiny organisations with minimal resource to feel overwhelmed.”

“In 2018, we’re focusing much of our work on smaller charities: those with an annual income of £1m or less, which make up 97% of the sector. We want to understand how best to support these amazing organisations to harness the power of digital.”

Supported by organisations including Comic Relief and the Nominet Trust, CAST was launched in 2016 and has since worked with over 300 nonprofits of all sizes, with the aim of supporting them to become more resilient and responsive to the changing needs of their communities.

This includes its Digital Fellowship, where CAST works with senior charity leaders to embed digital into their organisational strategy and governance, and a bespoke consultancy service to help charities meet their unique challenges around digital.

CAST also runs popular Tech for Good meetups in London.

Charities can go to the web page here to book their free 30 minute call with CAST, or click here to find out more about the Fuse accelerator programme.