The Charity Digital Code of Practice has been published, which identifies seven principles for organisations that want to develop their digital activity.  The code, which has been funded by the Lloyds Banking Group and the Co-op Foundation, has been overseen by a steering group of charity representatives chaired by the digital expert Zoe Amar.

The Code is free to use, and in addition to the principles identified, it gives charities suggestions for measuring progress, and moving forward.   You can find out more on the Third Sector website.

In addition, a free tool has been launched to help charities determine where they stand digitally.

Created by the Digital Collective and the digital fundraisers Hubbub, the Quick Assessment Tool is designed to complement the Digital Code. Digital Collective say:

With the Charity Digital Code, charities now have a sector-wide standard showing how they can better fulfil their charitable purpose in a digital age.The code has been developed following an extensive collaboration between the Charity Commission, the Co-Op foundation, Lloyds digital inclusion team, and the Office for Civil Society, plus an extensive group of over 150 charities who provided input and feedback.

The result is a refreshingly simple code which allows the charity sector as a whole to take stock of where it is today, and where it needs to go tomorrow.

You can find the Quick Assessment Tool on the Digital Collective website.