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May 30, 2012

Transforming your charity by bringing your data to life

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TechSoup Global in association with the Guardian are hosting an exciting seminar titled “Transforming your charity by bringing your data to life” on Wednesday 13 June 2012 (8.45am-12.30pm). It will focus on the use of Data and Technology in the charity sector. The seminar will discuss the power of data and how it can be used to progress the objectives of charities and NGOs.

Speakers include: Dave Coplin, Director of Search, Bing, Karl Wilding of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Nathaniel Manning, Director of Business Development and Strategy at Ushahidi

You can find the agenda here: Agenda: Transforming your charity by bringing your data to life

In essence, participants will be able to explore what relevant data they can share to benefit their organisation and the charitable sector. They will also hear from individuals who have successfully accessed and deployed technology and big datasets in their organisation. A more detailed agenda can be found here.

The event will be held at the Guardian’s London headquarters located at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU in association with TechSoup Global

TechSoup Global is an international non-profit, founded in 1987 on the belief that both technology & data are powerful enablers for social change, driving the creation of innovative solutions and informed decision making.


This is an invitation only event.


The findings of the seminar will then feature as a one-page article in the newspaper and online on the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network.



March 23, 2012

Tell Us About Your Technology

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ImageTechSoup Global wants to learn more about how your organisation uses traditional and cloud-based technology and about your plans for the future.

Be heard! This is your chance to tell us what you need.  Take our survey – it’s short, only 10 minutes, and intended for anyone who has responsibility for recommending, purchasing or managing IT products or services at an NGO including nonprofits, charities, libraries, foundations or similar organizations. All ranges of IT influencers are invited — from accidental techies to IT directors.

By better understanding the tools you currently use and your future plans, we can work with our partners around the world to provide nonprofits like yours the technology resources they need to operate at their full potential.

The survey closes March 23 so please don’t miss out on your chance to tell us about your IT needs.

What are we doing with the results?

In late spring, we’ll publish a white paper with the survey results detailing the responses of nonprofits based in the United States and in 37 countries around the world. The results will support organisations like yours in making informed IT decisions. They will provide insights into how your peers are using technology and into the currents needs and issues around adopting cloud technologies.

If you’re interested in receiving a report on the survey findings, be sure to provide your email address at the end of the survey. We’ll send you the white paper when it’s finished in late spring and it’ll be available for free on our site.

February 18, 2010

The Giving Public voice their view on how UK Charities should respond to recession

Filed under: Accountability,Transparency — guidestarinternational @ 08:59
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The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) wrote an insightful paper entitled ‘How to Connect with Donors: Essential Messages for Charities’ based on the findings of a survey, which asked the UK’s general public their opinions on how UK based charities should adapt to the recession. The paper discusses 4 main findings. The survey found that charities should:

  • Show more responsiveness to changing times
  • Sharpen processes to improve transparency and show impact (and partner with other charities where necessary)
  • Use electronic communication to reach donors and,
  • Diversify resources

January 27, 2010

UK Government launches free data site

The UK Government has just launched a data site with the help of Tim Berners Lee (Listen to a him speak about this via podcast), which provides the public with a wealth of information and statistics sourced from government archives. The site, has 3 times the amount of data than that of the US site all of which is free to the public for reuse. You can also have a look at other public government data sites on the Guardian website.  Developers can submit apps or visualisations for consideration and the public can submit ideas for data analysis. There is an informative list of FAQs for those of you who would like to use the data or would like to become more involved in the initiative. As government and other data visualization enthusiasts (See the interesting Information is Beautiful site) provide and use such data in creative ways, we urge data on charities to also be considered an important source to build a better understanding of the role these organisations play in promoting better social outcomes and strong communities.

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