How charities can empower change through virtual project management

The third sector is becoming an increasingly competitive market, with hundreds of charities and not-for-profit organisations all working non-stop vying to win over people’s hearts and minds to increase support and donations for their worthy causes.

In order to stand out from the crowd they need to constantly evolve and innovate, but how can they do that when they have limited resources, budgets and are juggling numerous campaigns and projects with small teams that are stuck like glue to their existing ways of working?

It’s a fight for survival and should fall on all levels within charities to ensure that they are ahead of their game, continually changing and thinking outside the box. Charity leaders need to engage with all staff, but be mindful that they might not see the need to evolve or seem against change if they think the charity is ticking along nicely.  Or, it might be more the case that they just don’t have the time or the skills to effect change.

So how can charity leaders empower everyone in their business to make change happen and then stick with it?

Sometimes all that is needed is a little outside help. Just the process of bringing someone in from the outside shows that you mean business and that you are prepared to support them through this period of change and growth.

The most important word in that last sentence is “little”. Having someone with the right capabilities who can come in and energise teams, who come along for just enough time to set everyone on the right course, with the right tools, and then keep an eye on things but from a comfortable distance – a distance set by you and your team as they start to take control on their own.

Virtual project management is the way forward and organisations across the globe have discovered its wide benefits. We are living in a digital age, where we don’t need to leave the office or home to connect with colleagues, clients or associates. Technology such as Skype, Face Time, conference and video calling and remote meetings software, means we can have meetings and share data anywhere in the world.

Shaking up your team with virtual project management is a short-term, cost-effective way of ensuring your organisation keeps up with the times. Your team is more engaged, more willing to effect change, and projects run more smoothly and efficiently.

For more information on how virtual project management could help your business, contact Sarah Wilson from 54 Degrees on