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UK charities to benefit from free online collaboration

Huddle.net launches charitable donation programme through
Charity Technology Exchange


London, 18th November 2008 – Charity Technology Trust has announced today the launch of the Huddle.net  donation programme through Charity Technology Exchange (CTX)

Huddle is a new concept in web software combining intranet, extranet, document sharing, online office, collaboration and project management tools in a simple to use, secure online service. Eligible organisations registered with CTX can now request the donation of a Huddle Plus account with 10 workspaces, 10GB of storage and unlimited users.

With Huddle, organisations can build a ‘virtual charity’: connect head office to remote offices, stakeholders or volunteers working from home. They can store and share documents securely, brainstorm ideas with everyone and manage multiple projects from one place. Huddle is hosted online, so there’s no software to download, and can be accessed securely from any computer with an internet connection.

“Huddle.net has been committed to giving charities free access to its technology since its inception. We have already helped a number of charities take advantage of the opportunities that online collaboration brings to their organisations. By teaming up with CTX we can extend the reach of Huddle to many more charities across the UK,” said Alastair Mitchell, co-founder and CEO.

William Hoyle, CEO of Charity Technology Trust commented, “Adding Huddle to our growing list of partners who donate their technology through CTX is particularly exciting for us. Web 2.0 and web based collaboration software in particular, holds the promise of helping charities deliver on their missions more effectively and in new and innovative ways. Huddle’s commitment to helping charities access this technology has the potential to have a major impact on the sector.”

Charities already using Huddle include UNICEF, Swiss Red Cross, World Vision and MS Society.
As a part of the Huddle donation programme through CTX, the first 20 qualifying organisations that request a donation will be offered a free place at a Huddle Masterclass. The Masterclass will look at how charities can exploit the potential of online collaboration and virtual working in an interactive session with experts from Huddle. It will be held in London on the 26th January 2009.
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About Huddle.net
Huddle.net (www.huddle.net) combines unified collaboration with social networking. Established in November, 2006, Huddle is based in London, UK. Its customers include Centrica, Boots, MasterCard and UNICEF. Huddle is also used by a number of government organisations including Department for Culture, Media and Sport, BERR, LSIS and Government Skills, as well as thousands of local authority users.

Huddle was chosen as one of the top 20 UK Web 2.0 companies by Web Mission 2008 sponsored by UK Trade & Investment department and one of 15 top UK start-ups by Startups.co.uk in 2008. The company is a part of the Government Gateway Alliance Programme and Microsoft’s Accelerator Programme. Huddle.net is backed by Eden Ventures.

Huddle is dedicated to the success of local technology start-up companies and leads several initiatives to support the entrepreneurial community. Find out more at www.drinktank.co.uk.



About Charity Technology Exchange
The Charity Technology Exchange (CTX) provides a range of donated technology products to eligible registered charities across the UK from organisations including Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, Flickr and now Huddle. Since 2006 over 2,000 charities have benefited from the programme in the UK. The CTX programme is delivered by Charity Technology Trust in partnership with the San Francisco-based nonprofit technology capacity building organisation TechSoup.

About Charity Technology Trust
Charity Technology Trust (CTT) is a sustainable social enterprise and registered UK charity devoted to improving charity efficiency using new technology. In addition to stimulating thinking on the use of new media, CTT has built a broad portfolio of e-communications and payments services used by over 400 charity clients.

For more information on the CTX programme, visit www.ctxchange.org
For more information on Charity Technology Trust, visit www.ctt.org
For more information on Techsoup , visit www.techsoup.org

 

 

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