The opportunities and security risks of technology

Technology is now firmly embedded in all our lives and it can be used to efficiently transform how you achieve your mission – from PCs and emails in everyday operations to social media at the core of your marketing strategies. Even mobile apps are being developed by charities to engage audiences and raise funds. Help for Heroes’ mobile fundraising game, “Hero Bear” and DePaul UK’s “iHobo” app that raised awareness of homelessness are both good examples of this. Three trends in particular are driving significant changes in the way your charity can use technology to improve your services. With these…
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Charities must ensure best practice to secure payments | RSM2000

In July this year, the online donation portal, CharityGiving, was suspended with an estimated £250,000 of donations missing. This scandal has inevitably raised public concerns about making online donations and using fundraising websites. According to the Charity Commission’s report, however, CharityGiving’s demise wasn’t really about the security of online payments, but rather a lack of back-office processes within the organisation. This lack of best practice is, sadly, a widespread issue across the charity sector and one that must be addressed urgently. It can also affect the reputation of any charity using such a portal, making people think twice about donating…
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