Charities are already using digital tools such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in their day-to-day operations. But many aren’t aware of the other valuable tools within the Microsoft 365 suite.
Not-for-profit organisations have traditionally lagged behind when it comes to digital transformation. However, in the post-COVID landscape, the need to embrace digital workflows is growing rapidly. The latest Charity Digital Skills report shows that nearly 50% of UK charities are noting increased demand for digital services, while 76% of large charities, and 54% of smaller ones, need to work remotely.
Unfortunately, 40% of not-for-profits still don’t have a solid digital strategy in place. Why?
The answer can be found by looking at the five core objectives of the Charity Commission for England and Wales (CCEW). One of these objectives is to ‘give charities the understanding and tools they need to succeed’. This suggests that awareness of suitable solutions is lacking across the sector. As digital experts working closely with vital not-for-profits, this is something we’re seeing first-hand.
Raising awareness of digital tools
At Reliable Networks, we know that many charities are already using digital tools such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in their day-to-day operations. But many aren’t aware of the other valuable tools within the Microsoft 365 suite. Today’s Microsoft 365 environment is about more than just the traditional Office apps. Knowing what else is available is key to succeeding in a ‘digital first’ world.
Expanding out from the M365 basics, and exploring the broader selection of applications, can make it easier for not-for-profits to meet the new and evolving needs of users, supporters, and volunteers.
For example, understanding how other tools fit into your organisation could help you to…
- Meet the growing requirements for digital services from users
- Empower your staff and volunteers to work productively and collaboratively from anywhere
- Minimise travel costs
- Improve cybersecurity to instil trust and provide users with greater peace of mind
While there are many different Microsoft 365 tools available, there are three applications that can prove to be highly beneficial for businesses operating within the not-for-profit sector. These are:
- Teams: A digital meetings tool that connects people, no matter where they are
- SharePoint: A quick and easy way to share files, data, news, and resources with others
- OneDrive: A way to store, share, collaborate on, and manage files in a secure environment
These three tools are included as standard with Microsoft’s not-for-profit packages.
Want to know what’s out there?
If you feel that your digital transformation efforts are being held back because you don’t know what’s out there, we’re here to help. We work with charities across the country to help them identify and implement the best digital solutions – and use these tools with confidence in day-to-day operations.