Principle 1

Leadership

Digital should be part of every charity leader's skillset as a means to help their organisation stay relevant, achieve its vision and increase its impact.

3 quick actions for charities

  • Share some of yourself on Twitter as a CEO, and write your own Tweets.
  • Think about how you can use digital to make your governance more effective. How does your board function?, How is it administered? Could you arrange virtual meetings using Skype for work or Zoom?
  • Include digital skills amongst the skills you look for as part of your board’s skills audit.

Leadership: Recommended Practice

You can use these best practice guidelines as a checklist to measure how your organisation is progressing with digital leadership.

We have outlined the best practice based on the size of your charity. We define small charities as those with an annual income of £1 million or under, and larger charities as those which generate over £1 million of income a year.

YHA

Case study:

YHA (England and Wales)

Find out how YHA is using the Code to increase their impact, work with their senior teams and take practical steps towards digital success.

Resources

Take on a trustee role and boost your digital career

“Becoming a trustee can be a hugely rewarding and fulfilling…

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Reach Volunteering’s digital trustees’ hub

Get fit for the digital age: recruit a digital trustee….

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Why Do Digital? email course

10 bite-sized emails. Perfect for your commute. View resource

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Why I choose digital maturity over digital transformation

The charity sector’s digital know-how is improving and we need…

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Three Ways Australian Not For Profits Can Improve Their Digital Capabilities

Richenda Vermeulen, the director of ntegrity, offers advice on how…

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Responsible Digital Leadership

Article by Doteveryone “Being a leader in the digital age…

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The 7 digital skills every charity leader needs

Written by Zoe Amar, Director, Zoe Amar Communications “Mark Fields…

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6 Characteristics of Digital Leadership

Written by Ceri Gorton, Co-Director at Bird & Gorton “Before…

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Beware the promise of a digital silver bullet

“By understanding your digital maturity and the digital mindset of…

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Decoding Digital Leadership

“Digital transformation requires top to bottom organisational transformation, which requires…

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What makes someone a good digital leader?

People from across the Government Digital Service reflect on the…

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How digital is changing leadership roles and responsibilities

March 20, 2017by Erez Eizenman, Naufal Khan, and Christoph Schrey…

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Podcast: what does it take to drive digital change in charities?

CharityComms podcast on digital leadership. View resource

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The CEO’s Guide to The Charity Digital Code of Practice

Article by Zoe Amar, Chair, Charity Digital Code of Practice….

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Building resilience and sustainability – tips for charity leaders

A visual summary of 10 tips for charity leaders. View…

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Eight digital actions for boards: a checklist

What should your board of trustees be doing about digital?…

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Increasing the digital capacity of trustee boards

“In summer 2014, the ALS ice bucket challenge went viral…

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7 ways to get buy in for your digital strategy

Charity and third sector communications specialist Zoe Amar shares her…

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Lessons from the Charity Digital Code of Practice

Charity Digital Code Chair Zoe Amar quizzes Rainbow Services CEO…

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7 things you can do about the Code in 30 minutes a day

“I am thrilled to share with you the new Charity Digital…

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7 things every small charity can do about The Charity Digital Code of Practice

By Zoe Amar, Chair, Charity Digital Code of Practice “There…

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Explaining the Charity Digital Code of Practice

What is Digital? How will the Charity Digital Code of…

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Superhighways Leadership 101

Superhighways has developed a Conversation Starter Pack that can help…

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Trillium guide to the Code

In this article, Trillium’s Head of Strategy, David Spector, summarises…

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Code masterclass

In this module we’ll be: looking at the principles in…

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An Introduction to The Charity Digital Code of Practice

In this module we’re going to give you a quick…

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Using digital to lead

A video from Lara Burns, ex Chief Digital and Technology…

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The Digital Leadership Initiative

A resource bank from MIT Sloan Management Review

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What it means to be a digital charity leader

Written by Zoe Amar for Charity Digital News

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Leadership in a digital age

An article by Ellie Hale, Digital Fellowship and Communities Lead…

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Charity Leadership in the Age of Digital

An article by Karl Wildling of NCVO

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Next Principle: User Led

Charities should make the needs and behaviours of beneficiaries and other stakeholders the starting point for everything they do digitally.

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