Time is particularly valuable when running a charity or charity shop. With this in mind, Charity Digital News recently reported on the best productivity tools for charities as investigated at a NetSquared London Meetup. Below, we take a look at a few of these tools as well as others that can prove to be incredibly useful for charities and charity shops.



Trello is an online organisation tool that can aid in the managing of projects and organising daily tasks. There is a free version of the tool available which has many useful features. This could be used for everything, from managing the responsibilities of volunteers to keeping track of the tasks you need to complete each day.


If you partake in email marketing, you may be aware of how time-consuming it can be. MailChimp is a free email marketing service that allows you to quickly build a professional-looking email and efficiently send it out to a list of up to 2,000 subscribers. The platform allows you to effectively and efficiently manage mailing lists, send out automated emails and retrieve data and reports.


Social media can be a particularly useful and effective tool for charities to use in order to engage with customers. However, it can be difficult to find the time to post on multiple networks every day. There are a number of social media management tools but one featured by Charity Digital News is TweetDeck. This tool is free to use and allows you to manage your tweets, engagements and messages in one place.

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Creating your own social media and print resources can save money but can be time-consuming. Canva is a free design tool that features templates that can be easily edited to create designs that look professional but can be completed quickly and easily.


Our CHARiot system is an efficient and effective tool that can be used to capture Gift Aid on any eligible item, cutting down on admin work and fully complying with HMRC requirements. The system also helps you to manage stock as you scan each barcode, providing the information readily to you.

We provide installation support and training should you run into any problems. The technology we provide is ideal for charity shops, and we are sure that the CHARiot system will increase productivity and save time – things that are essential for all charities.

If you would like to book a demo or find out more about the services we provide, please get in touch with a member of our team. You can call us on 01204 706 000 or fill out our online contact form and we will be more than happy to advise you further.