An introduction to 'tech for good' and digital development for funders

We've been helping trusts, foundations and social investors interested in exploring some of the practical challenges, and opportunities when funding digital.

What is a Funder Design Hop?

Design Hops are a useful first step for funders interested in finding out how digital can help them respond more effectively to the needs of their grant-holders and applicants as well as in learning how some social enterprises are using digital technology to improve their resilience and impact.

London Design Hop 2018

Who are they for?

In association with ACF, London Funders and the City of London, CAST has been holding a series of half-day Design Hops specifically for trusts, foundations and social investors interested in exploring some of the practical challenges and opportunities when funding digital. By the kind permission of the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor, Alderman Peter Estlin, as part of his broader mayoral focus on Championing Digital Skills, we have been incredibly lucky to hold these at Mansion House. Our first series of Design Hops had incredible demand and were held across March and April 2019.

These practical, energetic half-day sessions are designed to demystify digital and design approaches, thereby helping Trustees and senior leadership teams increase their understanding of how best to support digital initiatives. The workshops also include a raft of examples of how these approaches have helped funders to better support their investees and, in turn, their service users.

 

How does it work?

These practical, energetic half-day sessions are designed to demystify digital and design approaches, thereby helping Trustees and senior leadership teams increase their understanding of how best to support digital initiatives. The workshop also includes a raft of examples of how these approaches have helped funders to better support their investees and, in turn, their service users.

Attendees on our Funder Design Hops gain:

Digital confidence

  • Understand what ‘digital’ means and how it can help the organisations that you support
  • Learn more about digital and design principles and how these approaches can support more responsive funding
  • Meet and work alongside peers who are exploring how to better fund digital

 

Practical support

  • Work through examples of how digital approaches have helped charities become more resilient and responsive to the needs of their service users
  • Learn simple agile techniques you can use and share with colleagues immediately
  • Understand more about how you can use data to narrow the gap between new insight and new action

When and where are the Design Hops?

Our first series of Design Hops had incredible demand and were held across March and April 2019.

The programme is currently closed but for now, do sign up to our newsletter for further updates on our future plans.

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