HR software for charities: how Breathe can help volunteers

5 min read  |   25 September, 2023   By Aimée Brougham-Chandler

A group of 4 volunteers are packing boxes of food donations and sorting clothes for a charity. They are all wearing blue t shirts

It's been a tough few years for charities. Just 55% of charities say they can confidently meet their overheads in the cost of living crisis, whilst 81% report a year-on-year increase in demand for their services. 

When budgets are tight, we know it can be tricky to make the leap into software. Even in 2023, just 5% of charities are using cyber security software to protect themselves & their data.

But the return on investment of HR software is clear in time saved- and it doesn't have to break the bank.

In this blog, we'll explain how Breathe can save charities time & money - and why 1,000 charities already use Breathe to streamline their daily tasks.

We'll also make a donation to your charity every year, to thank you for all your hard work. 


How can Breathe's HR software help charities?

Securely protect against GDPR breaches 

It's great to see that many charities are already clued-up on UK data protection laws and proactively enforce strict procedures to protect their beneficiary and donors from breaches.

We've found, however, that when it comes to their own employee and volunteer data, it's a different story, with many office and HR managers unaware of the financial implications that could arise. 

That's why we're urging all charities that store employee and volunteer information in spreadsheets and filing cabinets to look at software as a service as for a solution to all their people admin woes. 

Employee data rights and regulations call for all organisations - including charities and non-for-profits - to understand and implement an HR system or procedure, which safeguards against fines, reputational damage and volunteer security.


Effortlessly manage your people

Spend your time with your people, not paperwork - and focus on the work that matters.

By automating people admin - by which we mean holiday requests, employee, volunteer and company documents, feedback and performance, sickness and storing it all safely in the cloud - Breathe helps managers guide and lead their team. 

For charities, people and volunteer management is crucial. Like most 'for-profit' businesses, they too have strict regulations and face heavy fines for non-compliance. And then there's an added pressure for charities as most staff are volunteers, so finding the time to guide and train their people - whether that be safeguarding, fundraising, caring, psychological assistance - takes a lot of juggling.

"Whether it's through donating, fundraising or just turning up and getting involved, people can show their support in many different ways. Breathe helps us so that we can continue providing vital care to local children with life-limiting conditions and their families. For today. For tomorrow. For the now."

Amber Lilly, Chestnut Tree House

HR people management software helps charities to stay in line with legislation and on top of all people admin. It's easy and simple to set up too. 


Watch our webinar with Charity Digital News and HR Inspire to find out how to mitigate against GDPR breaches


Community support

Charity work helps to build communities and bring teams closer together. With Breathe, employee and volunteer roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, easy to adjust and simple to navigate. Our employee suggestions tool provides a great platform for showcasing new ideas, organising team socials and gauging project popularity. 

We've felt the benefits of charity work too. Breathe offers employees volunteering days, giving the team an opportunity to give back.

Here's an example of when 8 Breathe team members from different parts of the company donned their wellies, grabbed trowels, spades and smiles to help Chestnut Tree House (CTH) transform their garden.

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"Charity community days provide a great opportunity to mix with different members of the team and create bonds by giving back. By stepping out of the office and working with nature for those in need, there's so much to gain both personally and professionally."

"It's especially fulfilling if you believe in the charity you are volunteering for. We've worked with charities for years, including Rocking Horse, Esteem and Chestnut Tree House as just a few of the local communities we've helped. That's either through providing people power, software as a solution or financial support."

Michael Redgrave, Software Engineer, Breathe

Save time to give time

We've seen first hand that if you save time with software, you can give more to your community and local charities.

We want to help charities focus on their valuable work that makes a difference, by saving time on their HR admin. 

It's good to give. Find out how Breathe can support your charity today.




Author: Aimée Brougham-Chandler

An IDM-certified Digital Copywriter (2023) & English Language & Literature graduate (BA Hons), Aimée is Breathe's Content Assistant. With 3 years' content marketing experience, Aimée has a passion for writing - and providing SME HR teams with solutions to their problems. She enjoys delving into & demystifying all things HR: from employee performance to health and wellbeing, leave to company culture & much more.

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