Smartdesc Newsletter: Charity Summer Social, email best practice & data protection training

Welcome to the Smartdesc May newsletter. In case you missed it in April’s edition, we have released our annual Charity Technology Leaders Report – click here to download. This month, we share our upcoming Charity Summer Social, advice on email best practice, cyber security and data protection training, our new Copilot briefing sessions, and more.…

Data Protection for Charities – Demystified – 27 June 2024

Would you like to better understand charity data protection? Join us for the first in our exciting new series of Information Governance workshops, hosted at Microsoft London. Our first event, Data Protection for Charities – Demystified, will take place on Thursday 27 June 2024 at 10am. We provide a relaxed, safe space for questions, discussion,…

Data breaches – the consequences of misusing personal data

Data breaches are a serious threat in today’s digital age, especially for nonprofit organisations. While much attention is given to high-profile cyber attacks, internal staff members sometimes mishandle personal data in their care, creating a digital nightmare. One of the more common data breaches involves unauthorised access to databases containing sensitive service user information. These…

Information Governance at Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. They support people living with HIV and help those using the services to achieve good sexual health. They are an organisation that pride themselves on placing the service user and their privacy first. Challenge Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) were already using the services…

Information Governance & Data Protection Workshop for Charities – 17 October 2023

How do you keep your charity up to date with ever changing data protection law, GDPR standards, Subject Access Requests and data breaches? This is just one of the questions we answered in our Information Governance and Data Protection workshop for nonprofit organisations, in partnership with Charity IT Leaders. Andrew Coyle, our Director of Information…

Getting ready for AI at your charity

Welcome to the Smartdesc July newsletter. In this edition, we cover how you can utilise Microsoft’s new productivity tool Copilot at your charity, including: A blog introducing Microsoft Copilot, its capabilities and some important considerations Further resources from Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Centre Our Charity Technology Leaders Report 2023 Resources In this blog,…

AI for charities – what is Microsoft Copilot and what can it do?

Since its arrival in November last year, ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. This powerful new chatbot with seemingly endless possibilities took 3 months to reach 100 million users; Facebook took 4 years to reach the same milestone! Microsoft is leveraging some of this technology to introduce AI into Microsoft 365 this year –…

Protect your charity’s data & stay compliant

Welcome to the Smartdesc May newsletter. In this edition, we cover Information Governance and Data Protection and how charities can adhere to the latest legal obligations and best practice, including: Advice on upcoming changes to the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill. A video on Information Governance and Data Protection for nonprofits. Further resources from…