Charities Resource Network Goes Live

23rd June 2003

The Charity Finance Directors' Group has today (23rd June) launched the Charities Resource Network (CRN), an innovative database driven information website (www.thecrn.org.uk) which seeks to strengthen good practice in the charity sector through the direct sharing of information.

Part of the resource offered by the site, in the documents section, are practical working documents which are currently in use by charities, as well as professional guidance and advice provided by firms who subscribe to the CFDG. There are also signposts to other sources of information on many subjects.

For the network, information CFDG holds about its members and their organisations is also available to members online, to enable them to search for others from similar organisations to discuss common management issues. Members will also be able to update their own information on the database.

Pro2000 is an Integrated Information Management system developed by ProTech Computer Systems for membership organisations. It is constantly developing new functionality, which will enable the Charities Resource Network to offer even better services in future.

Since gaining the contract from CFDG ProTech have also contracted to provide systems for several new clients including IoD and the ICAEW.

The Charities Resource Network site links with the new redesigned Charity Finance Directors' Group website, also launched today. The CFDG site, (www.cfdg.org.uk), tells everyone about their events, information services and policy work. It also provides a news feed featuring links to the latest news of interest to people in charities. Most of the information on this site is available to everyone.

Geoff Miller, Chairman of the Trustees of CFDG, said, "The Charities Resource Network will allow our members and others to share documents and knowledge in a way which has never been possible before. The Charities Resource Network is a really exciting development for CFDG and the sector as a whole. If the public sees us working together to improve the management of our organisations we will be playing an important part in raising public confidence in the sector."

Mark Trouth, Managing Director of ProTech Computer Systems said, "This has been a challenging project as it involved us in a new area of developing the website to interface with our database system. I am delighted that so many charities and members of the public will be able to access so much information on line. We look forward to working with CFDG on the further development that is the next phase of our contract."

CFDG Chief Executive, Shirley Scott added, "The CRN website is launched after its first phase of development and already contains a wealth of useful information. We have plans to extend the range of information and to make more of it accessible to charity sector as a whole to help us achieve our objectives of raising public education in the management of charities."

Built with funding from the Community Fund, the CRN site will be maintained and developed further by the CFDG and its members as a vital resource for the sector.

 

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