Online toolkit offers small charities free support

The Charity Excellence Framework has carried out a series of upgrades aimed at helping small charities improve their organisation.

Joe Lepper | 9th Jan 20
person using online toolkit on laptop

A free charity performance online toolkit has carried out a series of  upgrades aimed at offering specific help to small charities.

The Charity Excellence Framework upgrades are aimed at charities with an annual income below £10,000 and cover issues such as HMRC regulation and accessing government resources.

Also included in the online toolkit are fundraising guides, featuring funder lists specifically for smaller organisations.

This is one of several upgrades planned for the toolkit this year. While it is primarily intended for managers and trustees it is being adapted to be used by everyone.

This includes making its functionality tailored to each user, according to Charity Excellence Framework founder Ian McLinktock.

“There are also upgrades coming in response to user requests, which will include real time benchmarking, against comparable charities for each individual user,” he said.

“However, the biggest upgrade will be the introduction of social franchising. This will enable large multi-site charities, as well as groups of small charities, to access the core system, to create and control new functionality.

“For example, enabling groups of charities to easily create specialist quality marks and large charities to create their own framework models, with their own top-level dashboards.

“As with all other aspects of the system, these will be completely free to non-profit users.”

Digital improvement

Last week the Charity Excellence Framework published latest findings from user questionnaires about their organisation.

This found that there is considerable scope for improvement among many charitieis regarding their use of digital.

This included improvements in the cost effectiveness and fundraising power of websites and using online advertising.