Five ways to energise the rest of your charity’s 2018

Now that we’re half way through 2018 we take a look at the tools, grants, events and dates for the charity digital calendar you may have missed.

Chloe Green | 13th Aug 18
Image shows lightbulbs lit up in a line. We've lined up some bright ideas for charities in 2018.

Now that we’re over half way through 2018, it’s a good time to take stock of all the great digital-related opportunities for charities so far this year. We’ve put together a list of some of the things you may have missed, and a few bright ideas for the charity digital calendar over the next six months. From charity digital events and grants to apps and new tech tools, here are some ways to reinvigorate your year that might give you that ‘lightbulb moment.’

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1 – Digital grants and competitions

2 – Digital training and skills

3 – Tech services and products

4 – Fundraising apps

5 – Charity digital events

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1- Apply for new digital grants and competitions

Meet and Code

Tech Trust and SAP-financed Meet and Code are offering youth-based organisations money to produce and run their own coding skills-building event – apply by 15th September.


Data Solutions for Change

Google Cloud is expanding its advanced cloud tools for nonprofit organisations to include a programme focused on data analytics and machine learning, with various grants, credits and other support available.


Building Connections Fund

This new government fund is open to charities and community groups that tackle loneliness through the use of technology, with grants available until December 2020.


Mobility Unlimited Challenge

This competition from Nesta and the Toyota Mobility Foundation offers around £3 million towards projects that build assistive technologies for people with lower-limb paralysis.


Nesta Scottish innovation challenge

Another Nesta funded project partnering with the Scottish government, these grants are aimed at early-staged projects that build collaborative digital platforms for social impact.


2- Brush up on your digital training and skills



Superhighways provides technology support and development to the UK voluntary and community sector. They have a range of training events throughout the year ranging from digital surgeries to workshops.


Media Trust

Media Trust and have partnered up to offer charities and community organisations grant money and free training along with content and resources on communicating effectively online. The programme runs from September.


CAST office hours

Tech for good organisation CAST (Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology) is offering free support, expertise and connections through 30-minute calls as part of its fornightly office hours initiative.


Events from Small Charities Coalition

Small Charities Coalition has an ongoing programme of training events and workshops on topics like digital marketing, the cloud and project management. They’ve also teamed up the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport to deliver a two year grant for small charity training and support.


Charity Learning Consortium

Charity Learning Consortium (CLC) is a great source of affordable training solutions for the nonprofit sector, with a lively community of charity members, regular meetings and online training and resources.


Clear Lessons Foundation

This content library offers free video learning for charities, with over 1,200 free bite-sized videos about everything from fundraising to management. They can also build your own branded video learning or training website for you.



NCVO runs a number of conferences and training events, as well as online training, in many aspects of running a charity. Some are focused on digital-related skills, such as the course on data collection running in November.


3 – Take advantage of new tech services and products

Workplace for Good

Facebook has launched its Workplace for Good programme in the UK, giving charities access to the suite of internal business collaboration tools with its Facebook-like interface. A premium package is now available, with a free version available as a donation for nonprofits.


Airbnb Social Impact Experiences

Back in May, Airbnb starting offering charities the chance to run and promote activities that support local causes through its portal. Travellers can take part in charity-hosted activities during their Airbnb stay, while charities pay no fee.


Sage Business Cloud People

Accounting, payroll and payment software provider Sage is making licenses for its cloud-based people management software available as a donation for eligible non-profit organisations.



Launched in April by Tech Trust, the tt-marketplace platform is a digital catalogue of deals and bargains on software and hardware for charities, that is completely free to access.



JustGiving has released an updated set of tools to help charities build their own fundraising apps. It will also soon improve its own fundraising platform to connect apps with the giving data of 44 million people via its ‘GiveGraph’ technology.



A new secure online auction site has been launched that allows charities to flog experiences and memorabilia items – registration is free.


4 – Get new donors through fundraising apps

The Give as You Live iPhone app

Launched this month, this app enables UK shoppers to digitally fundraise for any registered charity as they make purchases on their mobile devices – it’s free for charities and shoppers.



New fundraising app Buengo gives users the chance to sell their stuff online, with the proceeds going to charity.



This app allows children to donate their pocket money to charities of their choice, and has just formed a partnership with JustGiving that will allow kids to search charities from the website’s extensive directory.


5- Attend charity digital events, seminars and conventions


NetSquared meetups are a monthly opportunity for local community members to come together to share ideas, ask questions and collaborate around using technology for social benefit. At the next event, on the 19th September, speakers will share their experiences and give tips on digital fundraising best practise. Meetups are based in London, Edinburgh and the Midlands.


Tech for Good

The sister event to NetSquared, monthly Tech for Good events focus on collaboration, inspiration and learning about the changing technology landscape for social good. Tech for Good communities meet in Manchester, Cambridge, Bath, Cardiff, Dublin and Bristol.


Data4Good (October)

The Data4Good conference in London is one of a few charity digital events that are free to attend for charities. This year’s agenda is yet to be announced but will include a full day of talks on using data and digital for the public good. The event is supported by Tech Trust, Data Orchard, DataKind, NCVO, NPC and others.


Charity Technology Conference (November)

This year’s Charity Technology Conference in London run by Civil Society has an extensive programme of case studies from leading charities, practical demonstrations and discussions on the burning issues in tech for charities.


Charity Digital Conference (November)

Not to be confused with the above, Reason Digital’s annual London conference includes talks, workshops, peer discussions and how-to sessions on digital leadership, new tech trends and tools, and data and insight.


The ODI Summit (November)

The Open Data Institute (ODI)’s annual event explores the value of data in society, with people from governments, businesses and civil society adding to the discussion.


Why does voice matter?  (September)

This unique event run by JustGiving and Fundraising UK looks at using voice technology such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home to increase fundraising and build new services for beneficiaries.


Lloyds bank digital know-how sessions (September)

This series of half day seminars being run across the UK by Lloyds Bank in partnership with Google is free for charities to attend, covering topics such as digital marketing, online security and social media.


Digital Apprentices in the UK Charity Sector

Microsoft and Firebrand Training are free running an event for charities to explore the benefits of hiring a digital apprentice. It will include a charity case study and a panel discussion.



It’s not a physical event, but this social media day launched by the Charities Aid Foundation takes place on Tuesday 28th November, with millions of people taking part to donate to charities online. 2017’s #GivingTuesday raised over $116,700,000 for charities around the globe in just 24 hours, so it’s worth getting involved! Simply sign up on the website and start telling your supporters.