Getting ready for Volunteering 3.0
We have now secured a founding partnership with an Australian foundation to establish Humanitech – an initiative to progress humanitarian outcomes through the use of new and emerging technology such as Blockchain.
The first solution to come out of this initiative is the The Identity Project. The pilot for the Identity project was completed in the past year. The first phase of the project will allow a volunteer to securely share their credentials such as police checks with several organisations, making it easier to volunteer, as they no longer need to repeat mandatory checks. It will also reduce costs for all organisations. A ‘trust alliance’ has been established to develop the standards that will enable credentials to be accepted by each organisation.
This work is a first step towards our long term vision of giving people control of their identity and reputation, sharing it in ways that let them fully participate civically, socially and economically.
Making volunteering easier
We reached out and engaged more than 2,000 young Australians through the redefinition of the National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC, also known as the RedX Committee) and launch of RedxYouth. It’s a network of young people interested and engaged in humanitarian action, connecting and leading on work in ways relevant to them.
Additionally, we went back to basics and looked at our processes and data to make things simpler for our members and volunteers. We simplified the renewal process for branches and units, streamlined volunteer recruitment and standardised the way we collect, store and use data. We also updated our communications to members and volunteers with a regular blog sent to our members by our President, Ross Pinney, and a regular email update sent to volunteers.
Trust and respect
According to our Brand Equity Tracker, Red Cross is the second most spontaneously recalled charity, and the first one when it comes to international charity.
Our reputation score in the AMR Charity Reputation Index is stable at 82.8 and considered as excellent. Despite recording a similar score to 2017, Red Cross’s rank among the top 40 charities has dropped 5 places to 24th, highlighting the improvement recorded by some of the other (smaller) charities this year.
Still according to AMR, the trust in Australian Red Cross is growing: 81% of the Australian population were positive about trusting Australian Red Cross to do the right thing, versus 76% last year.
In addition, we continued to improve trust through our ongoing Trust Initiative. The project works to ensure the information we are trusted with remains private and secure. In the past year we trained more than half of our workforce in data security and made process improvements across the organisation.