Charity IT Tech For Good - Funding, Grants, Recycling and Free Support - Computers, Hardware, Software & Digital

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This tech for good blog uses the Charity Excellence's huge resource base to provide some sources of free training, software and hardware, pro bono support and funders.  Register Now to access all of its resources and the Funding Finder database, which has 50+ tech funders, and join the 15k others in our community.  Everything is free. 

Organisations That Will Help You

These are some of the 100s of organisations that help the sector for free that are listed in the free Charity Excellence Framework online toolkit.

Training & Learning

  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

Support and Volunteers

  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

Hardware

  1. IT for Charities - list of charities/companies that dispose of and/or provide refurbished IT, not all free.
  2. Computers for Charities - charity providing low cost IT
  3. ComputerAid - very low cost refurbished IT for non-profits.
  4. IT Schools Africa - e-learning technology to improve life opportunities for school students and local communities in Africa and the UK. 

Software

Fundraising

  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.

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. Oracle Net Suite – software donations and services
  3. Microsoft - free 365 software
  4. Facebook – for non-profits
  5. Survey Monkey – surveys
  6. Appypie – app builder without coding
  7. Hemingway – content analysis tool
  8. Google – You Tube non-profit
  9. Bitly – Goods: URL shortener, for social media posts
  10. Freepdfconvert – PDF to Excel converter
  11. GNU PSPP - statistical analysis of sampled data, very similar to SPSS
  12. R Project - software environment for statistical computing and graphics

Toolkits To Find Free IT/digital tools

The Charity Excellence Framework also has the largest resource base in the charity sector. Here are some of them.

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

UK IT & Tech Funders

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

  1. 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.
  2. Clothworkers Foundation – will fund IT, including digital/audio visual equipment.
  3. Comic Relief - Tech for good.
  4. DCMS - occasional tech for good grants and support for charities.
  5. Eddie and Vanessa George Memorial Fund – grants for IT training for people in Cornwall.
  6. Family Fund – computers and tablets for disabled people and their families. 
  7. Fat Beehive Foundation - grants relating to the use of Information Technology.
  8. Misys Charitable Foundation - public education in communications and IT, and their application in commerce.
  9. National Lottery Digital Fund - using digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive.
  10. Nesta - large-scale innovation for challenges such as healthcare, public services and infrastructure.
  11. Rothley Trust - with charitable work in NE England.
  12. Social Tech Trust – previously Nominate, transforming lives with technology.
  13. 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.
  14. WCIT – pro bono support and grants.
  15. W G Edwards Charitable Foundation - registered charities providing care for older people in the UK. 
  16. Zing - investment, connections and access to technology expertise to early stage youth impact organisations.

Global IT & Tech Funders

  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. Microsoft Social Entrepreneurship - supports social impact start-ups with technology, connections and grants.
  3. Tata Trusts – wide range of programmes, including digital inclusion and transformation.
  4. The Mozilla Foundation - connectivity and open internet initiatives for advocacy and on-the-ground work. They have annual tech grants for regionally targeted work
  5. Wikipedia - links to free software project foundations in the US.

Or, Try This Instead...

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.

Access All The Free Resources

The resources on this website are just a few from the huge CEF resource base, including the 8 assessment questionnaires, 7 crisis toolkits, the Funding Finder Database, which has its own funders, but also links to 100s of other free funder databases and funder lists, the 50 CEF funder lists and links to 100s of organisation that will help you for free, plus 1000s of links to free guides, toolkits and other resources

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