A beginners guide to the Charity Digital Exchange.
The Charity Digital Exchange aims to make life easier for charities looking for new software. The platform offers tailored suggestions depending on your organisations size and type, and allows you to filter out categories you aren’t interested in.
The marketplace also has a number of additional offerings that may be exclusive to charities, discounted or free.
When you enter the product catalogue, you’ll be greeted right away with the option to start searching for different offerings. Before you get stuck in it’s worth getting the sign up out of the way so you don’t get held up later on in the process, and it only takes a minute.
If you head over to the top right corner you’ll see 'Sign Up' where you’ll have the option to register as either a supplier or an NGO.
If you’re registering as an NGO, the sign-up process you go through will depend on whether or not you’re registered on the Charity Digital Exchange. When you reach the sign up page you’ll be greeted with the option to choose which of these apply to you.
If you aren’t yet registered on the Charity Digital Exchange that’s no problem, you’ll simply be redirected to sign up quickly. This takes an extra few minutes but will mean you could also qualify for software donations here, with savings of up to 97% across a range of partners.
If you are already registered on the Charity Digital Exchange then it’s simple, all you’ll need to do is set a password for the marketplace to go with your Charity Digital Exchange registered email address.
As soon as you receive the password reset email, you’ll be good to go.
Once you’re registered:
…you can start exploring. Whether you know exactly what you’re after, need a little guidance or are just exploring your options you’ll be able to keep your search as broad or specific as you’d like.
You can apply filters for the size of your organisation, the type of service you provide and by what sort of software you’re looking for. These categories cover all the software essentials from design to security.
In each of the sections there are more specific categories so you can get really specific with what you’re after.
Each product on the marketplace has been handpicked and we believe they all have something to offer the sector.
Whilst not every product will be right for every organisation, we have ensured the focus remains on products that are designed for or support the needs in the sector.
Better yet, a number of organisations listed on the marketplace offer either free plans or exclusive charity discounts to help your budget stretch even further.
We appreciate feedback
As with all our services, we always want to improve. The Charity Digital Exchange has been created to make software selection more tailored and and straight-forward, but we need your feedback to guarantee it does exactly that.
Whether you’re just having a little explore, or making full use of the available offerings, be sure to let us know your thoughts. We’ll be sure to take all advice on board so we can meet the needs of all users.
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