If you work in the voluntary and community sector and you don't already have a website, Amazing People is offering a chance for you to build your own.
Is it worth getting on the internet?
The internet is one of the most important resources available to voluntary organisations to promote their work, and make new contacts. It allows people to find out more about your work, as well as giving you an opportunity to tell people about what your organisation does.
In the last year alone, charities have doubled their share of the internet market and now account for one in every 1000 website visits. Five years ago, only about 16% of people had visited a charity website, now that figure has doubled to over 30% (41% of 16-24 year olds). It is also worth noting that half of all volunteers surveyed surfed the web. (Third Sector magazine, 2008)
What’s in it for me?
nfpSynergy recently concluded after an IT survey in the third sector, “five years ago it was seen as a good thing for charities to have websites- now it’s essential”. What was a fringe activity is now a key part of most charities’ fundraising and communications strategies.
Third Sector magazine’s IT expert, Sue Fidler says, “despite all the hype, a website is a clear marker in the sand. It tells people you exist, who you are and what you do. For many funders, donors, supporters, volunteers and clients, it is becoming the first place to reach an organisation. More than 80% of people in the UK now use the internet. Having a website is like having a postal address or a phone number. It allows people to find you, contact you and simply to know that you exist.” She also recommends purchasing your own domain name or URL from as little as £2.50 per year, before one of the other 180,000 charities or any corporates do!
I’ve already got a website!
If you’ve already got a website, you don’t need to do anything, except make sure that it is registered with Amazing People. Your directory entry will automatically point to your website – you can update your contact details by amending your registration entry once you have logged into the site.