Charity IT - Free Laptops & Computers, IT Support, Software And Grant Funding, Including CRM & Website Hosting

Sources of free charity laptops and computers, IT support, grant funding for tech, plus sources of free software, including CRM and website hosting

Free Laptops & Computers For UK Charities

  1. Green Root Tech - Free refurbished computers, IT hardware, and software services for UK charities.
  2. IT for Charities - list of charities/companies that dispose of and/or provide refurbished IT, not all free.
  3. Computers for Charities - charity providing low cost IT
  4. ComputerAid - very low cost refurbished IT for non-profits.
  5. IT Schools Africa - e-learning technology to improve life opportunities for school students and local communities in Africa and the UK.
  6. Screen Share - support, inform and advocate for digital inclusion for young refugees, in the UK, primarily by repurposing and providing laptops.
  7. Computers For The Disabled - a charity that provides disabled people and the elderly with used laptops, iPads and iPhones.

Free Digital And IT Support For Charities

  1. CITA - IT support
  2. Donate Code - designer & developer volunteer network 
  3. Digital Candle – Helpline: free 1 hr phone call with a digital expert
  4. Founders & Coders - design, build and test new digital services

And if you're Scottish (like me!), there's the Scottish Tech Army.

Whilst not free and I don't normally recommend private companies, Pam Vick has been hugely helpful in supporting Charity Excellence, so check out the Gallery Partnership.  They provide an entire suite of affordable IT services and software systems for charities.

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These are just a a smal selection of the tech grant funding and resources from the free Charity Excellence resource base and its Funding Finder database. 

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Free Charity CRM Software

  1. Donorfy – CRM, free up to 500 records
  2. Red Cloud – donation manager – suite of software, CRM, donations etc.
  3. Grant Seeker.Fluxx – entry level version is free.  Need to set up as UK.

Free Charity Website Hosting

  1. British Telecom - community web kit
  2. WordPress: blogs & websites
  3. White Fuse - website hosting platforms
  4. Kualo – website hosting

Other Free Software For Charities

Accounting 

  1. Benchmarking - core & advanced accounts
  2. Mango – Excel-based accounting system; codes, transactions and reports  
  3. SAGE Foundation – SAGE software donations.

Work Management

  1. FaceBook - workplace collaboration software
  2. G Suite - workplace management software
  3. Slack – digital workspace collaboration
  4. Trello – project management software
  5. MRBS – web based meeting room/resources booking system

Infographics

  1. Piktochart – create infographics
  2. Easel – create infographics
  3. Venngage – create infographics

Imagery

  1. Gimp – open source image editor
  2. Pexels – photos and video
  3. Canva – design tool
  4. Crello – pro design tool, free to non-profits
  5. Wordswag – create text over photos

Other

  1. Wikipedia - list of free and open source software organisations
  2. Anchor - create, edit and distribute podcasts
  3. Hotjar - online behaviour and voice tracking
  4. Hootsuite - social media management - basic version is free
  5. Oracle Net Suite – software donations and services
  6. Microsoft - free 365 software
  7. Facebook – for non-profits
  8. Survey Monkey – surveys
  9. Appypie – app builder without coding
  10. Hemingway – content analysis tool
  11. Google – You Tube non-profit
  12. Bitly – Goods: URL shortener, for social media posts
  13. Freepdfconvert – PDF to Excel converter
  14. GNU PSPP - statistical analysis of sampled data, very similar to SPSS
  15. R Project - software environment for statistical computing and graphics

Charity Grant Funding - Digital And IT Equipment & Software

Here are some of the 50+ tech funders in the Funding Finder database - use the Tech search category.

  1. Bailey Giffordgrassroots community organisations across Scotland.  Funds a variety of activities, including IT and tech. 
  2. Bethnall Green Ventures - funding accelerator twice a year that gives out monetary support, mainly to start-ups, using tech to drive social and environmental change.
  3. Clothworkers Foundation – will fund IT, including digital/audio visual equipment.
  4. Comic Relief - Tech for good.
  5. DCMS - occasional tech for good grants and support for charities.
  6. Eddie and Vanessa George Memorial Fund – grants for IT training for people in Cornwall.
  7. Family Fund – computers and tablets for disabled people and their families. 
  8. Fat Beehive Foundation - grants relating to the use of Information Technology.
  9. Misys Charitable Foundation - public education in communications and IT, and their application in commerce.
  10. National Lottery Digital Fund - using digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive.
  11. Nesta - large-scale innovation for challenges such as healthcare, public services and infrastructure.
  12. Rothley Trust - with charitable work in NE England.
  13. Social Tech Trust – previously Nominate, transforming lives with technology.
  14. Thomas Wall Trust - up £5,000 towards specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning likely to assist employment prospects.  Registered charities, with income under £0.5m pa.
  15. WCIT – pro bono support and grants.
  16. W G Edwards Charitable Foundation - registered charities providing care for older people in the UK. 
  17. Zing - investment, connections and access to technology expertise to early stage youth impact organisations.

Global Sources Of IT Support & Grants

  1. Google.org Impact Challenge - asks local nonprofit innovators and social entrepreneurs how they would make their community—and beyond—an even better place. Opportunities announced on a rolling basis.
  2. J P Morgan Tech For Good - volunteering, mentorship and pro bono consulting and board service
  3. Microsoft Social Entrepreneurship - supports social impact start-ups with technology, connections and grants.
  4. Tata Trusts – wide range of programmes, including digital inclusion and transformation.
  5. The Mozilla Foundation - connectivity and open internet initiatives for advocacy and on-the-ground work. They have annual tech grants for regionally targeted work
  6. Wikipedia - links to free software project foundations in the US.

Other Ways To Find Charity Grant Funding For IT Projects, Computers & Laptops

Rather than search for a funder of technology, look for a funder who would be interested in what their grant would achieve. Here are some ideas:

  1. Allen Lane Foundation - small grants for start-up, core or project costs.
  2. Comic Relief – £500 capacity building grants for small grass roots community groups, with income under £250k. 

If you want more like these, download the Start-Ups & new Ideas, or the Crisis & Growth funder lists from the income questionnaire.

Alternatively, look for funders who would be intetested in your project outcomes. For example, if your project will support young people's mental health, try funders that support young people and/or mental health.  The free Funding Finder database will do this for you, including filtering funders, to find those that meet both categories.   

Toolkits To Find Free IT/Digital Tools

The Charity Excellence Framework taps into the huge collective expertise of the sector, using its 1000s of resource base links.  Here are a couple.

  1. TechforgoodCAST – social impact tech resources on Git Hub
  2. Digital Maturity Frameworks Overview – 57 digital tools, sortable

Free Online Learning For Digital & Tech

  1. Digital Garage – Google’s online learning; data, tech, digital marketing
  2. Hub Spot Academy – online marketing, sales and digital
  3. Accenture – online digital skills, from basic to advanced

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