Our main charitable programme is based on using the time and the expertise of the Company's membership, where appropriate. Our input is most effective when we are involved from the initial development of a project, and where the input from the company is on a strategic / consultative level. Our members undertake work on projects in their own time (i.e. they are not seconded).
Applications for funding and/or provision of pro bono IT advice may be submitted at any time and are considered by the Charities Committee at its four meetings each year. These are usually held in February, May, September and November.
In a minority of projects, where funding is over £10k, and once our members have established a working relationship with the charity or educational organisation concerned, the WCIT Charity will consider requests for funding to support the implementation of the project. This policy ensures that any financial support from the WCIT Charity is given added leverage by being linked to the expertise and advice of our members.
In broad terms we are more likely to consider projects which:
demonstrate an innovative use of IT
can be developed into a model for wider replication
can be sustained beyond the timeframe of the Company's involvement/funding
focus on outcomes which can be formally reported on
In order to develop effective working relationships with "not for profit" organisations it is important that any approach to work with the WCIT is made with the knowledge and support of the senior management group of the organisation concerned, and the relationship is not dependent on the availability of one member of staff within the organisation.
Who can apply
We welcome applications from registered charities, educational establishments, and other organisations with a formal not for profit constitution, i.e. Community Interest Companies.
If your organisation is seeking pro-bono help also then most of our members are located in London or the home counties, and it is easier to find volunteers from our membership, if appropriate to the project, to work with charities around the London area.
If the project is potentially suitable we will ask for more detailed information from you, and will see if it is possible to find one or more of our members who has the appropriate skillsets and is able to offer their time to the project, if appropriate. Please note that the process of determining whether a volunteer is available can take up to three months.
If you have any questions then please contact Raluca Moraru at the WCIT offices on 020 3871 0255.