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Google and Twitter discuss digital innovation

25 November 2016

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On Tuesday 29 November, the Select Committee on Charities holds three evidence sessions. The first session focuses on charities and digital skills,  and the second session explores the role of the Big Lottery Fund in the sector and its approach to supporting charities. The third session will hear from representatives of Allia and Big Society Capital on the issue of social investment.


Tuesday 29 November in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 4.00pm

  • Nick Pickles, UK Head of Policy, Twitter
  • David Skelton, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google

At 4.45pm

  • Dawn Austwick, CEO, Big Lottery Fund
  • Gemma Bull, Portfolio Development Director, Big Lottery Fund

At 5.30pm

  • Tim Jones, Chief Executive and Secretary, Allia
  • Sir Harvey McGrath, Chair, Big Society Capital
  • Cliff Prior, CEO, Big Society Capital

Possible discussion

Likely questions to be covered in the first session on digital skills include:

  • What are the main reasons for charities to have a strong digital presence?
  • How can digital engagement assist charities with activities such as fundraising, volunteering and campaigning?
  • How can smaller charities with limited resources best be encouraged to engage with the digital realm?

Questions to be covered in the second session with the Big Lottery Fund include:

  • What is the role of the Big Lottery Fund in the charity sector?
  • How does they approach social investment?
  • How should charities go about demonstrating their impact?

Likely questions to be covered in the third session on social investment include:

  • What is the potential of the social investment market?
  • How could public sector commission practices change to help support the charity sector?
  • How can charities best demonstrate the impact of their work?

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