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Small charity bosses reveal digital fears
03 Dec 2018by Joe Lepper
A third of small charity leaders say that dealing with digital upgrades and IT problems are among the key challenges they face over the coming year.
A survey of 371 heads of small charities found that 33% listed ‘major IT upgrades and failures’ as a key challenge they are set to face in 2019.
This was the fourth most mentioned challenge behind setting up a new partnership (34%), recruiting for a key role (37%) and the top rated challenge, of dealing with new regulations.
Weston Charity Awards, which compiled the survey, says it was “little surprise” to see regulation feature so highly as a concern given the this year's live date for General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), governing how organisations collect and data.
Digital skills in demand
Improving IT and digital skills is among the top five skills sought by small charity bosses, the survey also found.
This was mentioned by 38% of those surveyed, with 57% looking for fundraising expertise and 51% seeking skills in building partnerships with the commercial sector.
Other skills in demand include branding and communication, mentioned by 38%, and strategy development, cited by 24%.
Weston Charity Awards is run by Garfield Weston Foundation with Pilotlight and is open to charities with an income under £5m in the North of England, Midlands and Wales.
Each of the 20 winning charities gain a year of leadership coaching through Pilotlight and £6,500 in unrestricted funding.
“Small charity leaders are under enormous pressure to steer their organisations through uncertain times,” said Philippa Charles, Director of Garfield Weston Foundation.
“We are delighted to support those showing enormous creativity and resilience through these Awards and to help them reach their goals.”
Joe is a charity sector journalist specialising in policy, digital innovations, fundraising, and service delivery.
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