As the digital age has more than crept up on all of us, its high time all charities get on board digitally in every way possible. We’re sure there are many out there who are unaware of the tools, softwares (many of which are free) and tips out there for kickstarting your digital communications. In collaboration with Charity Digital, whatCharity are bringing you a series of charity-tech content that is sure to target some of the difficulties we know many charities are currently facing. Here’s part 3:
Working from home is a new norm for many of us. If your charity is fortunate enough to be up and running, you’ll likely have realised that learning to maintain effective and proactive communication with team mates is an important factor of keeping up with daily operations. Luckily, there are various softwares and websites to help charities through this new norm.
Tools for managing a remote workforce
Charity Digital have collated a list of tools that are going to be helpful for this. This article outlines a number of free and low cost online tools, including Trello, Slack, and Asana. Other softwares which can be easily installed to your at home laptop (with instricutions on how to do so provided by Charity Digital) include:
Skype isn’y just for chatting to friends. Skype for Business supports instant messaging (IM), presence information, web conferencing, and telephony, all through an office’s existing communications infrastructure. It can be downloaded for free. For more on Skype for Business as well as how to download it see here.
The Zoom Meetings Business Plan combines video and audio conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging into one platform. Zoom meetings run on mobile and desktop devices and in hardware-equipped conference rooms. A meeting can have one host and up to 300 participants. All participants can be on video. Optional add-ons provide for larger meetings, room connector software, and webinar tools. They can be added at any time during the subscription year. It also comes with optional add ons. Check if your charity is eligible for its discounted rate here.
whatCharity is an active user of Zoom. It has enabled us to carry on in as close to normal a fashion as possible during lockdown. You get the personal feel of sitting with our team mates in the office, while the functionality to share screens helps with to make every call efficient and easy for everybody to see and feel involved in.
We hope you found some of this content useful. Don’t forget to check out the blogs linked to delve deeper into some Charity Digital content. To keep posted on more digital juice for charities, sign up to our newsletter – contact us about this here.