Top spring tech deals for charities – Part 1

With a new financial year fast approaching, we highlight a few of the best but lesser-known deals for charities on the Charity Digital Exchange software donation programme

Chloe Green | 6th Mar 19

March is upon us, spring is in the air, and organisations are beginning to look to the start of the next financial year – it’s time for charities to say out with the old and in with new and breathe new life into their IT strategies.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of the best donated products and deals on the Charity Digital Exchange programme to help charities grow.

Charity Digital’s Charity Digital Exchange is best known for giving eligible UK charities discounted access to tools such as Microsoft Office, AWS and Charity Digital’s Charity Digital Mail email automation platform, but here are four useful products you might not know about – stay tuned for more in Part 2.


1 – idloom– events

What is it?

idloom-events is an all-in-one registration and planning platform with a range of tools to help event organisers manage, promote and sell out their charity events.

The platform is marketed as a cost-effective and straightforward way to organise and manage your charity’s events of all kinds, both offline and online.

How can it help my charity? 

The company says it can help time-strapped charities ‘effortlessly automate most processes’: this includes the creation of a multi-page event website, with attendee management, payment processing, badge printing, invoice generation and on-site quick check-in.

Without any design experience, charities can quickly create and launch a personalised, branded page for their event that looks professional, including customisable registration forms.

What’s the offer? 

For just £40 + VAT this donation gives eligible charities access to the idloom-events Light subscription, valid for 12 months.

Visit the Charity Digital Exchange catalogue page for more information on what you get with this subscription.


2 – IBM Buy Tech

What is it?

The IBM Buy Tech programme has just been introduced to the Charity Digital Exchange product catalogue. It’s slightly different from the rest of Charity Digital’s offerings – instead of software the programme gives charities access to new and refurbished hardware from manufacturers such as Apple, HP and Lenovo, at knock-down prices.

All items on offer have passed through IBM’s rigorous refurbishment programme, using original parts if needed. They’re fully tested and inspected, and all devices come with a 12 month warranty provided by IBM.

What’s the offer? 

Due to the nature of this programme, Charity Digital only receives limited stock – when it’s gone it’s gone. They advise that charities sign up to their regular newsletters and social media to stay up to date on the latest devices on offer – or check out the product catalogue.


3 – Adobe Creative Cloud

What is it?

Adobe Creative Cloud is a cloud-hosted collection of creative desktop apps, mobile apps and services for designing graphical, audio, video and interactive content.

The all-apps plan includes Photoshop for graphics, Lightroom for photo processing, Illustrator for vector-based drawing, InDesign for document design and Premiere Pro for video editing, among many others.

How can it help my charity? 

Because it’s hosted in the cloud, Adobe’s Creative suite can be an affordable and flexible way for charities to access all the best-in-class creative design tools, whether you are editing images, designing websites, publishing newsletters or creating video and audio.

Unlike the offline, downloaded versions you can easily access your files from any device and collaborate and share with colleagues, and you will always be able to access the latest versions without needing to buy new software.

What’s the offer? 

The charity offer provides access to the Creative Cloud with 60% off for the first year, then 40% off every year after. Check out the Charity Digital Exchange catalogue for more.


4 – Microsoft Project

What is it?

Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management is a desktop solution for project, portfolio and resource management.

How can it help my charity? 

Designed to help busy organisations get started quickly and execute projects with ease, Project is a great addition to an organisation’s Microsoft Office suite, through which charities can keep all their authorised staff informed and control project work, schedules and finances.

It synchronises with SharePoint to publish task lists and allow team members to update their task statuses, so everyone can automatically stay up to date on any project.

Microsoft says that some of its most useful features include an easy-to-read graphical project timeline that can be shared through email or in presentations, and other visual elements like a drag and drop resources planner.

What’s the offer? 

This donation provides one license for installing the software on a single device. It’s available at a price of £36 plus VAT including software assurance, down from Microsoft’s usual retail value of roughly £600. Go to the catalogue page for more.