With so many resources out there on the world wide web, it’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to looking for tips and advice. Have you ever thought, I just want to go to ONE place where I can find everything I need? Well… we can’t promise you that, but what we have done is put together all of the best charity resources for you to go to when things get tough.
With over 97% of registered charitable organisations falling under the small charity bracket, there’s definitely a need to provide resources for all of the incredible small charities out there. That’s where the Small Charities Coalition comes in. They offer a number of services from skills sharing and mentoring, trustee advice and group support, to help charities thrive. As small charity specialists, they can provide the specific advice that tackles the issues that these organisations come across in their day-to-day work. Definitely a resource worth bookmarking!
KnowHow NonProfit is a website run by the NCVO. Here, they offer advice and support for voluntary organisations of all sizes and is the place to learn from experts within the charity sector. As well as their everlasting list of articles, KnowHow also has a Studyzone that offers a number of training courses for charity professionals to take advantage of. This, along with their Tools and Resources section offers you a chance to get vital information for the processes your organisation needs. They have everything from HR policies to advice on building a digital work force so be sure to take advantage of their content.
If you’re looking for a way to connect with and get advice from other charity professionals, CharityConnect is the place for you. As the only social network dedicated solely to the sector, CharityConnect is a hub for all of the latest news and advice from people who are actually trying to make the charity sector a better place. Here you can start discussions or search for topics that are most relevant to your line of work, such as fundraising, digital marketing or policy, and discover how others are tackling the everyday issues that you’re facing too. Even better, you can follow the people that you find most helpful to stay up-to-date with all of their tips and advice.
Local Giving’s mission is to support local charities and organisations by diversifying their income through online fundraising. They do this by offering advice and helping local groups to connect with supporters. Their resources section provides a lot of detailed advice for those who are responsible for fundraising in their organisation.
As the professional membership body for UK fundraising, the IoF is the central hub for all things related to the best practice, compliance and education related to fundraising as a career. You can become an individual member of the IoF and get access to additional resources. But most importantly, the IoF offer a number of training courses and qualifications for fundraisers so that they’re equipped to face the day-to-day changes within this role.
The CharityTimes is a print and online publication dedicated to the charity sector. They cover breaking news and comprehensive coverage of all of the latest issues that charities and not-for-profit organisations face in a world of ever changing legislation and practices. If you’re interested in keeping up with the latest news and want to be one step ahead when it comes to the latest charity sector news, you should definitely subscribe to their weekly newsletter.
As a specialist group that provides support for finance professionals working in the charity sector, The Small Charities Programme offers a wide range of resources and training programmes. Finance is already a complex field and a very sensitive one in the charity sector, so for all professionals who are searching for best practices and advice, this is the place for you.
IT for Charities is an independent website/blog run by Ivan Wainewright. It’s an incredible source of information for anyone looking for digital solutions to help their organisation become more efficient. From Fundraising database suggestions to online donation services and research papers, there’s such a range to choose from that you’ll find a digital solution in no time. As charities and not-for-profits become more and more digitally focused, it is important to ensure that the tools being used are a wise investment. So add this to your list of resources and keep track of the latest technology that can benefit your charity.
This is a great resource for anyone who is particularly new to the sector. VolSource started in 1999 and is a combination of articles and community platforms that keep professionals in the voluntary sector up to date with what’s happening. They actively encourage people to comment to improve the content so that their expertise is combined with that of their community. Their content is pretty thorough and comprehensive – now you have a place to turn to whenever there’s a ‘new thing’ that needs to be discussed.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales promotes, develops and supports qualified accountants world wide to protect the quality and integrity of accountancy and finance. One of the many ways that they do this is by offering guidance and resources to support charity trustees about fundraising, law and financial management. While their main page offers some standard advice that everyone has access to, you can join the charity and voluntary Sector group to get access to premium content.
So there you have it! The top 10 resources for charity sector professionals. Make sure you bookmark them so that you can refer back to them at any stage. Are there any resources that you use regularly? Share them by commenting below!