MP encourages charities to ‘grow online’

March 13, 2013 7:27 PM

Tech-savvy MP Tom Brake is encouraging local charities to use the new, free e-initiative, 'Grow Your Charity Online', aimed at boosting fundraising through online tools.

The project launched by Google, in partnership with Media Trust and Charity Technology, is designed to overcome the resource barriers to growth and reduce the e-skills gap. It will provide free training and tools for charities across the country.

Tom said:

"As the first MP to offer online surgeries to my constituents, I have a first-hand experience of how the Internet can help people and organisations communicate with wider audiences"

"Internet technologies have the potential to help charities raise desperately-needed funds. This is why I encourage all the charities in Carshalton and Wallington to use the initiative and harness the power of the Internet"

Grow Your Charity Online will provide free training and tools for charities across the country, including those in Carshalton and Wallington. It comprises an online learning hub, specialised training, workshops and live events. Participating charities, for the first time in the UK, will also have free access to otherwise paid online services such as advertising and business apps. Those with few resources will also be able to download free training materials to help them make the most of the web.

Google will travel across the UK during 2013 to meet with charities face-to-face. It will also host a regular series of online educational events, allowing charities from across the UK to join advice sessions remotely. In addition to the tools, Google UK employees will dedicate a percentage of their work-time towards the project, by volunteering their Internet expertise at various workshops over the year.

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