In the modern era, it’s important that charities keep up to date with advances in technology. The problem is that they cannot always afford to keep ahead of the game. That is why charities such as 360Giving exist – to help charities engage and utilise technology for their benefit, and for grant-makers to work more efficiently. There has been a large improvement in this area. Recently, we brought you news about CAST, an organisation helping charities improve technology. Now, another organisation has received a critical grant from the Big Lottery Fund. 360Giving works in a slightly different area. The 360Giving Grant will use technology to help grant-making bodies help charities access their funds.
360Giving Grant Improves Grants Through Technology
There may be some irony in that that 360Giving grant is using technology designed to help charities get access to grants using technology, but it is a vital service. 360Giving has three key areas.
- Aiding grant-making bodies and individuals in publishing their data
- Building an evidence base to demonstrate how publishing data in a clear and digestible way can help recipients and grant-makers make better decisions
- The development of tools helping everyone to use, examine and evaluate the data
360Giving Grant is due to release its first tool this autumn in the form of GrantNav. This will help funders determine which subject areas and grantees the different areas have in common. This is expected to fuel greater communication and teamwork to make grant-making more accessible and efficient. It may not be the most exciting lottery project from a public perspective, but it is expected to aid everyone in making better decisions in future. Potentially, it could mean worthy causes getting more money and those that slip under the radar receiving more awareness. Big data and other technology concepts should streamline grant-making and this is just the first step.