Websites, Resources and Glossaries

Don't know what a term means or which website to go to for reliable and impartial technology help or guides? We list the best and most helpful technology websites for charities.


Help (Photo: Marc Falardeau)

Knowing ‘What do I want to do?’ is always the best place to start, but then where next?

There are many website directories which assist voluntary and community organisations to understand which digital tool to use by listing, rating, reviewing and discussing each one. Other websites are packed with downloadable guides and fact sheets all aimed at making it easier for individuals and organisations to understand technology.

These are the 'websites of websites' that we refer to first when looking for the right tool or to see what others have to say about a service or if we just want to know what a term means.

Glossaries and Abbreviations 

Maybe you're not sure what some of the jargon or abbreviations mean when people talk about technology. The BBC Webwise Glossary is a good reference point for many of the common terms used. 

Resources and Guides

Community How To – http://www.communityhowto.com(@communityhowto)

Produced by the Tinder Foundation this website provides a fantastic library of information about useful tools and websites that help a community group work smarter on line. As the reviews and offers of support are by the community, for the community it makes it a great place to go.

KnowHow NonProfit - http://knowhownonprofit.org/how-to(@knowhownonprof)

There are over 200 ‘How To’ guides on the NCVO KnowHow NonProfit website covering technology, marketing and social media. Each one is a short, simple step by step guide, which any registered KnowHow NonProfit user can edit or update thanks to the wiki style of the site.

IT for Charities - http://www.itforcharities.co.uk(@itforcharities)

The IT For Charities website is a long running web resources packed with links and information to help charities and non-profit organisations make the most of technology. Lots of lists and links to suppliers of databases, CRMs, recycled hardware, grants, payroll systems, membership packages etc. There is a lot! Also a charity technology job section and newsletter to subscribe to.

Digital Unite - http://digitalunite.com/guides(@digitalunite)

These incredibly straightforward guides to technology from the Digital Unite community provide all you need to get started with ICT and the web. They are all print friendly so particularly useful if you are showing someone else how to use a website for the first time or for a less confident web user to keep as a reference guide.

Small Charities Coalition - http://www.smallcharities.org.uk/home/ — (@sccoalition)

Aimed at smaller charities and organisations the Small Charities Coalition have put together a very useful and growing webpage containing details of 20 resources, guides, tools and links to other helpful technology related information.

CITA Resource Guides - http://communityitacademy.org/resources/guides -- (@citanewcastle)

CITA are a Newcastle based social enterprise providing IT support and services across the North East. Their range of free IT resources, guides and step by step tutorials explain many aspects of IT faced by charities and small organisations including 'Buying a Tablet', 'Backing up your data' and many more. 

BT Digital Skills -- http://www.btplc.com/Betterfuture/ConnectedSociety/Creatingpossibilities/Helpingpeoplegetonline/DownloadableResources/

BT have produced 37 free downloadable resource guides aimed at novice computer users and designed to give you the information you need to help get somebody online and start using the internet. There are hints and tips for beginners and handy worksheets that will act as prompts to enable you to make notes as you go along. Guides also cover Keeping in Touch, Media Interests and Money and Shopping

Grow Your Charity On Line -- http://www.growyourcharityonline.com/(@media_trust)

The Media Trust have produced this website that helps you build your organisation’s web presence and on line competency through the many free Google products available and the services of the Technology Trust. There is a particularly useful section here on Google for Non Profits in the UK.

Social Source Commons -- https://socialsourcecommons.org/(@ssc_tweets)

I like this very innovative wiki style website which enables users to build toolboxes of the websites they use for specific purposes. As it has members from all over the world it is a great way to look into other people’s tool boxes to see what they use to help with the question you have. It’s a project of Aspiration Tech.

Digital Skills -- http://digitalskills.com/(@digitalskillsuk)

The Digital Skills website from Go On UK aims to help everyone get connected by providing links to resources and tools that make using the web simpler.

Skills Platform – http://www.skillsplatform.org(@skillsplatform)

This website from Skills – Third Sector will help organisations find the training and skills resources, both on line and off line that they need.

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