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20 jobs at tech firm GCD after £250k spend on software to help charities

By Christine Carrigan

A Co Armagh technology firm has invested £250,000 in new software to create 20 jobs at the company.

The announcement came as GCD Technologies launched its 'Chariteer' software, which allows charity donors to track how donations are spent. The new product has already been trialled and adopted by a number of local charities, including Fields of Life and Drop Inn.

The project, which the firm described as the first of its kind available in the third-sector market, will create 12 jobs in software development, marketing and customer services over the next 18 months, with an additional eight employees being hired this year. The new cloud-based platform has been created to help charities not only manage their donors, but to meet a need for greater transparency and trust.

By tracking donations through to how they are spent, the platform enables charities to communicate the impact personal donations make to their cause.

Established in 1999 with an office in Craigavon, GCD Technologies has been providing its services to the third sector for 15 years, increasing its revenue by 65% over the past five years. The company currently employs 30 people.

Andrew Gough, managing director of GCD Technologies, said: "There is a major gap in the market for a product of this kind. Not only does it provide charities with all the essential tools to manage a growing organisation, such as donor, campaign and donation management, but, uniquely, it connects charities much more closely with donors.

"It enables them to build stronger relationships with them by keeping them informed about what the charity is doing and what the money they are donating is being used for."

Darren Fowler, group digital fundraising director at Cash for Kids, said: "Charities want to be completely transparent with their donors. They have great stories to tell about the positive impact they are making and I'm excited to see Chariteer helping charities make this a reality."

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