Campaign offers free resources to build charities’ digital skills

04 Oct 2016 News

Reach Volunteering

A volunteering charity has launched a campaign to help trustee boards develop digital skills, with the support of the Charity Commission.

The campaign, called Building Boards for a Digital Age, follows several pieces of research, including a recent round table conducted by Governance & Leadership magazine, which show that digital skills on trustee boards are poor, but that those skills are essential to develop strategy for the future.

It is led by Reach Volunteering, and will be supported by a range of partners from both the charity and commercial sectors. The campaign offers resources for charities interested in increasing their digital skills, at and on Twitter using the hashtag #digitaltrustees.

Janet Thorne, chief executive of Reach Volunteering, said: “Having been through our own digital transformation, we know first hand the value of having digital expertise and knowledge at board level; our digital trustee was a very important part of the success of our project. We hope by connecting charities with greater expertise we will support boards to take advantage of the great opportunities that digital offers, and manage the risks successfully.”

Sarah Atkinson, director of policy and communications at the Charity Commission, a supporting partner of the campaign, said: “Digital innovation can present significant opportunities and risks for charities in running their operations, delivering their services and engaging their beneficiaries and donors.”


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