E-learning for Charities

Here we look at the benefits of e-learning for charities, with online training solutions that make content more adaptable and more accessible to charity staff and volunteers in order to fix skill gaps and help charities save money on training.

E-learning for Charities

Here we look at the benefits of e-learning for charities, with online training solutions that make content more adaptable and more accessible to charity staff and volunteers in order to fix skill gaps and help charities save money on training.

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Training and development can present many challenges for the charity sector for a number of reasons, which also makes it the perfect sector to benefit from an effective e-learning strategy.
 
The reality of carrying out valuable and rewarding work within the framework of tight, funding-dependent budgets means training can understandably be put on the backburner.
 
"The availability of social functionality (such as Forums, Chat and Wiki) within Moodle allows the organisation to generate feedback, discussions and for use internally for its mandatory training requirements." Princess Alice Hospice
 
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With so many different training needs to address and a universal lack of time amongst charity staff, as well as the need to ensure organisations are meeting compliance regulations, those in charge of L&D certainly have their hands full.
 
E-learning can seamlessly improve or even replace the existing training methods for most charities and quickly become a key part of their training processes.
 
"Good support..., helpful finance staff re upgrades, renewals and invoicing, useful training on new features, regular newsletters/ emails for keeping up to date..." Tracy Burrell at Parkinson's UK
  
 
Training challenges for charities:
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Skill gaps

One of the major issues facing charities is the prevalence of skill gaps amongst their staff and volunteers. A lack of proper training in key areas can have numerous impacts on organisations, particularly increased workloads. This in turn leads to slower completion, less capacity to accept new work and no room to develop existing services.

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Varied training needs

The common skill gaps in smaller charities include things like marketing, impact reporting and fundraising, while for larger charities it can be things like project management and IT skills. Add in the need to meet regulations through compliance training, or even onboarding and CPD, and it’s clear the sector requires a variety of training.

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Lack of funding

Funding is a challenge common to all charities. Ensuring donations remain stable, as well as trying to increase them, is incredibly difficult. The pressure to do more with less is constant and cost-cutting is a relentless necessity. The costs associated with off-site training can quickly add up, making traditional training an expensive venture.

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Lack of time

Many charities often struggle with under-staffing, while existing staff can lack the right training. This means workloads are large and time is scarce. It’s easy to see training as a disruption, taking staff away from key tasks for large portions of time, though its importance shouldn’t be underestimated and e-learning can help minimise disruption.

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Train to retain

As charities are often unable to offer salaries comparable to those at for-profit, private sector organisations, recruiting top talent can be difficult. Retaining staff can also be a challenge, though many charity workers choose to work in the sector in order to make a difference. Training can be a great way to help retain top performers.

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Geographical challenges

Large charities in particular often have staff and volunteers located all across the country, making coordinating and organising training very difficult. Bringing staff all together in one location is expensive, while having disparate training across various locations can lead to a lack of consistency in staff skills and new knowledge.

 
Why an e-learning strategy is essential in charities:
It’s clear then that those in charge of L&D in the charities sector have their hands full. Tight budgets to address and skill gaps make training charity staff and volunteers challenging. The training needs can be incredibly varied, and some staff simply don’t have the time to be away from their posts. Here are just some of the benefits of an effective e-learning strategy:

Adaptable, centralised training

E-learning platforms come with all the flexibility and functionality to deal with any training challenges you can throw at them. Addressing the skill gaps in your charity organisation, as well as onboarding new staff and meeting compliance regulations is made simple. New learning content can be added at any time to adapt to any new requirements.

Cost-effective

The tightening of belts when it comes to funding and the subsequent need to cut costs is something e-learning can help with too. Open-source options like Totara Learn and Moodle in particular are incredibly cost-effective and can massively reduce training costs permanently.

Flexible training

As many charities are under-staffed or have staff facing huge workloads, minimising disruption to their day-to-day schedules is key. E-learning can offer small, easy to digest content that staff can access whenever suits them.

Keep staff engaged

Training staff can be a great way of helping them grow in your organisation and charities looking to retain key staff should use training to their advantage. Engaging training is easy to provide with e-learning platforms, whether with quizzes, live video sessions or other forms of content. Reporting functionality allows L&D decision makers to see which content works best.

Simplify administration of training

Charities with staff spread out across large geographical regions will know the challenges this can bring to training. With e-learning however there is no need to gather staff all in one place at the same time as powerful automation tools allow you to train charity staff and volunteers in different topics and different times, regardless of location.

1. Adaptable, centralised training →

E-learning platforms come with all the flexibility and functionality to deal with any training challenges you can throw at them. Addressing the skill gaps in your charity organisation, as well as onboarding new staff and meeting compliance regulations is made simple. New learning content can be added at any time to adapt to any new requirements.

2. Cost-effective →

The tightening of belts when it comes to funding and the subsequent need to cut costs is something e-learning can help with too. Open-source options like Totara Learn and Moodle in particular are incredibly cost-effective and can massively reduce training costs permanently.

3. Flexible training →

As many charities are under-staffed or have staff facing huge workloads, minimising disruption to their day-to-day schedules is key. E-learning can offer small, easy to digest content that staff can access whenever suits them.

4. Keep staff engaged →

Training staff can be a great way of helping them grow in your organisation and charities looking to retain key staff should use training to their advantage. Engaging training is easy to provide with e-learning platforms, whether with quizzes, live video sessions or other forms of content. Reporting functionality allows L&D decision makers to see which content works best.

5. Simplify administration of training →

Charities with staff spread out across large geographical regions will know the challenges this can bring to training. With e-learning however there is no need to gather staff all in one place at the same time as powerful automation tools allow you to train charity staff and volunteers in different topics and different times, regardless of location.

 
 
 
e-Learning for Charities - Princess Alice Hospice

Read our charity LMS case studies

Princess Alice Hospice The charity recognised a strong requirement for courses to be made available online. Moodle LMS met all the requirements for Princess Alice Hospice, and the open source solution has enabled them to save money and invest.
LGBT Youth Scotland Even before Covid-19 the charity wanted to develop an online community to reach the more isolated LGBTI young people. Partnered with Hubken, LGBT Youth Scotland created a Moodle LMS platform to bring their services online.

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