Connecting communities
We believe that tech is the key to powering civil society

Our story

The Doit.Foundation has been at the forefront of powering civil society through digital technologies for over ten years. Starting out as a partner for the national R&D government funded ‘Modernising Volunteering’ programme, in partnership with NCVO and Volunteering Matters, we launched our first digital project in 2009, ivo.org the UK’s first social network for volunteer managers and their volunteers. Co-funded by Nominet Trust, ivo.org provided the first opportunity for many volunteer managers to use social tech to engage with their stakeholders and in 2017 we retired the service as users migrated to mainstream platforms.

In 2013 we acquired Do-it.org, the nation’s first and largest digital volunteering service, which we transformed from a simple job listing service into a social platform for volunteers and charities that need their help. Realising that our ambition for the long term future of the service was bigger than our capacity to achieve it, we teamed up with leading EdTech company Vivo to create a new joint social enterprise called Doit.Life, providing a sustainable framework for Do-it.org to thrive with access to the best tech available.

Today the Foundation is looking at new ways to help charities and voluntary groups access the digital tools they need to engage their stakeholders into the 21st century, with plans to be announced in 2018. Alongside this we will continue to be the charity partner for Doit.Life overseeing the development of the Do-it.org service and distributing a number of pro-bono ecosystem licenses to civil society groups.


 

Our mission

We want to make it easy for communities to connect, share, learn and grow and in turn extend the capacity of civil society.


 

Our approach

Using the best digital tech, we want to help civil society reap the benefits of putting volunteers and communities at the centre of their work as an essential element of social change.

Trustees

Steven Travers

Trustee

Steven is a solicitor who qualified in England & Wales in 1982, and in Hong Kong in 1985. He has had experience in all sectors. He is currently Group Head of Regulatory Strategy at the London Stock Exchange Group plc where he was also the former Head of Legal. Between 2001 and 2006, Steven acted as a consultant and adviser on financial services matters. He has also worked in the public sector, including as chef de cabinet for an MP in Westminster and with the pre-privatisation CEGB.

In the voluntary sector, he has taught English and managed the British Council in Gaza, was Company Secretary of Body Positive, was Programme Director for Common Purpose in Croydon, Bromley and Bexley and is a founding Director and Company Secretary of Liberty Child, a Southampton-based charity that provides holidays for children with disabilities.

Helen Price

Trustee

Helen leads the Volunteer Centre in the London Borough of Enfield. She has worked in the voluntary sector in London and Hertfordshire since 2003 as a senior infrastructure support professional with further experience around Employer Supported Volunteering Initiatives and CSR programmes. Her work has involved her in the setting up and managing of Infrastructure Consortium as well as other Partnership Programmes to deliver local and regional volunteering support initiatives as part of regeneration, citizenship, social cohesion, social capital, health, good management practice initiatives.

Prior to working in the Third Sector, Helen worked as a business management consultant and troubleshooter working with SMEs to plan and manage change, growth and financial control. In this role she successfully negotiated with finance providers, Tax departments, suppliers, customers to negotiate payment agreements, credit control terms, price structures etc all fundamental to the business of successfully running an organisation (whichever sector).

Suresh Patel

Trustee & Treasurer

Suresh is an accountant who qualified with the Chartered Insititute of Public Finance & Accountancy in 1997. He specialises in working with public sector and not-for-profit organisations. He spent 18 years with the Audit Commission carrying out independent financial audits of some the largest and most complex local councils, hospitals and charities in the Midlands, London and the South East. Suresh currently works for global accounting and advisory firm Mazars, a senior member of their growing public sector practice.

Suresh brings with him significant experience of working with Boards, Directors and Committees to strengthen financial reporting, financial management and governance.

Jamie Ward-Smith

Trustee

Jamie is the former CEO of Do-it Trust. He has been an innovator and leader in the volunteering sector since 1995. He ran the Kensington & Chelsea Volunteer Bureau for five years, turning it into a centre for innovation and excellence before moving to YouthNet (now known as The Mix) where he co-founded Do-it.org and increased the charity's reach to over half a million young people a month. He then moved to the Home Office to direct community participation policy, leading the Russell Commission Review on youth action which resulted in the UK's largest single investment in volunteering through the vInspired charity. After five years of running Red Foundation CIC, a leading social change consultancy agency, he founded the ivo charity in 2011 which rebranded to Do-it Trust following the reverse takeover of Do-it.org in 2013.

Supporters

If you’d like to support our work then please get in touch. You’ll be in great company with these amazing companies and funders that have supported our work so far.


The Cabinet Office supported the Foundation to run the Do-it.org from 2013 to 2017. Thanks to their funding we were able to transform the service and place it in a sustainable environment to ensure its long term future.


The world's largest search engine supports Doit.Foundation through a Google Grant and free Google Business Apps. Thanks to Google we are able to promote Do-it opportunities far and wide, enabling us to reach even more volunteers for the 40,000 plus organisations that rely on us for the volunteer recruitment. In addition Google Apps gives us, as a small charity, access to premium services for free that enable us to run an efficient organisation.


We were thrilled to get support from Nominet Trust. Their funding enabled us to develop and trial an Endorsements and Portfolios tool on ivo.org, so members could showcase their voluntary work and receive endorsements from the charities they gave help to. Initially focused on 16-25 year olds, we scaled up the feature by adding it to the new Do-it.org.


Linked In are the world's largest professional networking platform. They are supporting Do-it by providing us with free access to their UK Volunteer Marketplace enabling us to promote professionally skilled volunteering opportunities on behalf of thousands of beyond profit organisations. In addition they are enabling us to introduce Linked In sign up to the new Do-it platform making it even easier for Linked In users to volunteer through Do-it.


Go Think Big is the community programme for the mobile operator O2, part of the Telefonica group.

We teamed up with them in 2015 to develop a new mobile app called Gro. This app, available in the Android and Apple app stores, helps young people aged 16-25 to articulate to prospective employers their achievements gained through volunteering. Social action is a key career development activity for many young people who often undersell the skills and experience they acquire - Gro provides a simple tool that they can use to impress their prospective boss on their CV and at interview.


Esmee Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant making foundations in the UK. Established in 1961, the Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people in the UK, with a focus on the arts, social change, children/young people and the environment.

The Foundation have provided core funding to the Do-it Trust to help us become a sustainable enterprise by the end of 2016 - we are extremely grateful for their believe in and support of our work.


Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years. From small community groups to large national institutions, their aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.

The Foundation has very kindly provided a contribution towards core costs for Do-it Trust for which we are extremely grateful.