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Digital News for the Third Sector: October

PlanLab Insight Bulletin

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Welcome to this month's insight bulletin with digital news for the Third Sector. We've selected key information, case studies and a few useful tools which are worth having on your radar, as you work towards a better world in this digital landscape.

Supporter Relations

RNLI: a good example of how to communicate impact to supporters

With more supporters wanting better transparency from charities about their spending and impact, it is important to go beyond just storytelling. Take a look at the effort that RNLI goes to: they inform supporters with stories, statistics, financial accounts and clear expectations.

Blackbaud: improve your fundraising with Luminate Online™ and Raiser’s Edge NXT™

Fundraising can be improved and become a much more user-centered process with CRM (customer relationship management) tools. Blackbaud claims that it offers intelligent segmentation, personalisation and dynamic donation forms to give your fundraising more impact. You can hear direct from Becca Montjoy - Sustainable Food Center's Communication and Development manager herself about how it has improved her work.​

Preparing for GDPR - 12 steps to take now

Get ready before the General Data Protection Regulations deadline in May 2018. ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) has published a paper with 12 key steps to implement now.


Arthritis UK creates an AI to help answer arthritis sufferer's questions

How do you use digital to improve how you help your beneficiaries? Arthritis UK are about to release artificial intelligence (AI) that will communicate with those who have Arthritis, giving them more information about the condition and one that engages in conversation with them in response to their questions.

4 examples of using digital to help beneficiaries

At PlanLab, we have gathered 4 examples of charities using digital in positive ways that fit closely with their strategy.

Forest watcher app to save world forests

How can we all help look after global forests? The Jane Goodall Institute have developed an app where anyone can collaborate in this cause. Read more to see how it works and where forests have already benefitted.

Drones deliver healthcare to rural communities

The World Health Organisation and Medicins San Frontieres​ have both partnered with Matternet to use Drones to deliver medical tests and supplies to rural communities. Believe it or not, it works out cheaper than building roads!


How marketing automation can be used in your NFP

Still trying to figure out how automation can benefit your charity or social enterprise? The Insititute of Fundraising has commissioned an article, demonstrating how it could be used in your context.

41 useful digital marketing tools

Keep up to date with all the tools out there for your digital marketing. It's thorough and there are a lot out there. Why not pass it onto your marketing team.


Charity Technology Conference: 9th November 2017

For one day, catch up with the conversations in the sector about digital and technology. Topics include; CRM, Digital Transformation, Virtual Reality, Charity 2020 and the Digital Trustee. By attending, you will receive a certificate of attendance which contributes to CPD (Continuing Professional Development).


The best tools to help collaboration

Tech Radar has done analysis and come up with 5 tools which have the potential to help your teams communicate, share files and be on top of projects in more efficient ways than relying on email.

Tech exchange: tech donation for charities

Tt-exchange is a platform that helps charities request donated technology products from retailers, such as Adobe, Microsoft and Cisco. They claim that charities will save up to 96% on retail prices - worth taking a look.

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