Lockdown in the UK: Getting by with a little help from our friends
Like everyone – we’ve been adjusting to a new way of life over the last couple of months. New ways of working, socialising and even exercising (thanks Joe Wicks), have reared their head – with endless Zoom calls to colleagues, friends and family becoming a routine part of the day.
Routine seems more important than ever now as we look to maintain levels of productivity, proactiveness and positivity. We know charities are navigating difficult times with important fundraising events cancelled or postponed till later in the year. It is time to think creatively, collaboratively and outside of the box and at TapSimple we are making every effort to make sure we are well-positioned to support charities both now and when the situation stabilises.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we should be vigilant to reflect on the good times and prepare for what’s to come.
We recently finalised some exciting new updates to our website including a new look for our Case Studies page – always a useful exercise in consolidating our key messages but also a nostalgic opportunity to look back at some of the amazing charities, volunteers and events we’ve supported over the past few years. Here are a few things we’ve learnt along the way:
1. Size is just a number
From big religious charities with a national reach and appeal to our local homeless shelter – the cause is just as real, urgent and worthwhile. We’ve supported some of the UK’s biggest charities to some of the nations’ smallest – a glamorous gala dinner to a local carol service. The children, disease or animals that these amazing organisations look after are often as desperately in need of your funds as any other.
2. We’re a nation of philanthropists…
Over 50% of the UK’s population are reported to give to charity every year with a quarter of us giving on a monthly basis. We are some of the finest, most benevolent citizens in the world and we only seem to be getting better. Forget furloughing, pay cuts and no loo roll… we run 5km, take on the 2.6 challenge and support Captain Tom.
Charities need our help now more than ever.
3. The third sector is open and collaborative
As we have grown so has our network of charities and their supporters. It has been amazing to watch our products in action whether on site at events or behind the scenes working with a Head of Finance to develop our backend portal. We are proud to say that our entire system has been built with charities for charities. Nothing our team work on is for the sake of it but requested as new features or enhancements from our partners who we make every effort to keep close contact with. A good example of this are the recent upgrades we made to our reporting system, in line with the requirements of Christian Aid. In short – like many charities they fundraise by group (church, team, location etc.), and in order to scale a system it is vital that HQ can drill down and report at group level, whilst retaining an overview at HQ. This has been crucial in the development of our charity portal and something many of our other charities have made use of.
4. Our partners are important allies
As well as the charities themselves, we’ve been growing some great partnerships in the NCVO and Ecclesiastical. The NCVO represent over 14,000 voluntary organisations and as a trusted supplier we work closely with their members to offer affordable fundraising solutions to boost their income. Likewise, in Ecclesiastical, the insurance company owned by the All Churches Trust, we have a great way to understand the church giving environment and how to best support congregation fundraising.
It is hard to make sense of what we read or hear in the news. What the next day, week, month or year looks like. However, one thing is for sure – charities need our help now more than ever and as we look back fondly on our experiences and relationships over the past year we must make sure that these selfless organisations both survive and thrive in years to come.