The Challenges Facing Charities in 2017
Amidst the economic adversity over previous years, many charities are hoping that the recent upturn experienced across the sector will continue into the future. However, 2017 will provide many challenges for the charity that wants to grow. For those that want to succeed, these challenges need to be faced head on.
Though charities have always carried the burden of a hefty weight of legislation, the Lobbying Act is now becoming a major issue. The act was originally put in place to control the influence of limited companies on politicians, but the legislation was extended to include charities, and the effect has been considerable.
In its most literal sense, the implementation of this act means that any charity that wishes to lobby on UK based activity is severely limited for the nine months before any type of political election. With so many elections, votes, and local referendums taking place, this has significantly hampered a charity’s power to effect change.
Transitioning to the New SORPs
2016 will see the last financial statements reported under the old style of accounting for charities. From 2017, all charities will have to fully adapt to the new style of reporting. For many smaller companies, this change has come at a huge cost, with the complexities of choosing new modules, and the modifications in reporting standards, requiring considerable attention.
However, improved system maintenance can make the entire process much easier. Backups, regular system updates, increased security, business intelligence and call recording can ensure that any change in reporting requirements can be a lot easier to manage.
The Development of a Digital Charity
While the majority of the private sector have fully embraced the digital revolution, charities are still finding themselves very much on the back foot, so the pressure to move with the times and adopt powerful management tools is now more significant than ever.
VoIP is perhaps the most cost effective system for charities who want to reduce their phone expenditure. A Voice over IP system introduces more operational features, enabling organisations to improve their level of success while reducing the funding expense required.
More potential candidates now wish to apply to positions online. More trustees wish to spread the word of their good causes across social media. It is therefore vital that charities can stay up to date and adapt to these new developments. Such concepts require a complete change of mind set for many charities. But, as has been shown by the introduction of the technology stream within Cancer Research UK, when the right steps are taken, the rewards are more than worth it.
Going hand in hand with the move into the digital arena, fraud is now a greater threat to charities than at any other time. It is currently estimated that UK charities lose more than £1.6bn per year this way.
For those concerned about fraud, greater security within End User Computing is essential. A hosted desktop facility for EUC can offer increased levels of protection and eradicate many of the most threatening issues, while still offering reliable and scalable deployment.
A Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is ideal for the charity industry who want to offer enablement of remote workers. Such a system provides the ability to log onto PC’s, laptops or any device from any location in the country, or from home, at any time. With a VDI, remote workers can access company resources such as shared documents, email, databases and company applications, without the requirement of a local server installation, offering savings over traditional dedicated IT support costs.
Such a system provides increased levels of protection with superior items such as multiple firewall protection, full backups and options for customisable back-ups, creating a tailored service with rapid scalability and deployment.
While everyone agrees that charities provide a vital role, the ability to attract new employees and recruit new trustees depends on maintaining a relevant and attractive proposition.
One key method of maintaining relevancy is by recruiting graduates and younger employees that bring a fresh perspective to the organisation. Such employees offer new ideas on how to move forward and stay ahead of the competition. Others are looking to improve their corporate image through more modern forms of enterprise.
With the support of Curavar, it is possible to provide scalability and flexibility for the hardware and software within your charity, and improve your business intelligence. Our system can offer improved reliability and transparency of any user issue with 24/7/365 support for the entire business.