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Tech Trust carries out an annual survey of the third sectors’ perceptions of digital technology. Their latest survey was carried out in September and October 2018 and 1,100 different organisations participated.
The charities that took part in the survey can be broken down as follows:
The major findings of the survey included:
Tech Trust state that there is a Cloud tool available for almost every operation or business process, many of which are discounted or free for charities.
Charities are more aware of the importance of having trustees who are IT and digitally competent, but that awareness has not translated into action. Tech Trust argue that this skills gap is holding charities back as, in the long run, digital skills will benefit charities.
36% of charities believe they do a good job in defending against cyber-attacks, whilst 23% think they don’t do enough
It is estimated that cyber crime will cost $6 trillion annually by 2021, which is twice the figure reported in 2015. Should charities be taking stronger steps to improve their cyber security? As more and more information is stored digitally a breach of a charity’s IT systems could result in lost information, lost resources and lost reputation.
Potential donors to your charity will want the giving experience to be as easy and quick as possible. Online donation platforms can help but so too can improving your charity’s website. In 2017 donations through websites, social media and apps accounted for £26 of every £100 donated.
The full survey results can be found here.
Trustees need to consider whether “going digital” would help their charities to operate more efficiently by:
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