Technology Trust

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Technology Trust
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Founded 2001 (2001)
Type Charity, Social Enterprise
Registration no. 1133179
Key people
Charles Mindenhall
Richard Craig
(Chief Executive)
Slogan "A Good Friend In a Digital World"
Mission To make digital technology more accessible to the charity sector, helping charities to achieve more for less money.
Formerly called
Charity Technology Trust

Technology Trust (formerly Charity Technology Trust) is a UK-based charity and social enterprise that aims to help other charities and not-for-profit organisations increase their impact through more effective use of Information Technology.

Technology Trust provides a software donation programme, an email marketing service, a Gift Aid reclamation service, a payment gateway service, and a foreign exchange currency service. They currently work with more than 25,000 charities and have saved the charity sector over £175 million through discounted software procurement and other programmes.


Peter Sweatman founded Technology Trust (known then as Charity Technology Trust) to bring together key players in the charity, business and technology sectors. Among the initial supporters of Charity Technology Trust (CTT) were Charles Dunstone, Peter Wheeler, Lord Joel Joffe, Tessa Baring and Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington.

The charity’s first initiative was CTT Raffles, which provided online raffling technology to UK charities.[1] The CTT Raffles platform was supported by James Redhead, and offered a tailored online raffling engine, along with data capture, collation and processing of entries and marketing support. It launched in May 2001 with the support of Oxfam, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Barnardo's, PDSA and the National Trust.

In 2003, the charity branched out into e-communications, offering a charity email service that allowed leading charities to make a number of email marketing campaigns throughout the year.[2] In 2008, they partnered with dotmailer to offer a new, low-cost email marketing system to charities and not-for-profits. The service was known as CTTMail, but has since been rebranded to tt-mail.

In 2008, Charity Technology Trust joined the global software donation programme run by TechSoup to deliver Microsoft’s donation programme in the UK. The scheme is open to all UK registered charities, who pay an administration fee, usually of between 4 and 8 per cent of retail price. CTT was already providing Cisco donated products through an online shop on its CTXchange website[3] (now tt-exchange) – Microsoft products were made available on 1 July 2008.[4] Since then, the programme has expanded to include a number of different digital technology partners.

In October 2013, Charity Technology Trust (CTT) changed its name to Technology Trust. The registered charity name and company name remains the same.

The current Chief Executive is Richard Craig and the current Chair is Charles Mindenhall.


In August 2012, the charity was shortlisted for two Charity Times Awards. Their partnership with Microsoft was selected for the Corporate National Partnership Champion category, and the partnership between CTT, SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) and Lasa on the Get Connected project has also been recognised, with the project being named as one of six finalists in the Cross-Sector Partnership of the Year category.


  • tt-exchange – This is a software donation programme for UK charities. Since 2007, it has saved over 23,000 UK charities £175m in software procurement by providing savings up to 96%.[5]
  • tt-mail – This is an email marketing platform designed for charities, and run in collaboration with DotMailer. Charities send around 40m emails per year through the platform, improving their engagement and donations.[6]
  • tt-giftaid – This is a low-cost Gift Aid reclamation service for charities. Through it, charities don't pay anything up-front, and then only pay a fee per successful claim once they have had time to accept the monies.
  • tt-terminal – This is payments processing service for charities. Between 2004 and 2016, around £300m of online, telephone and mail donations were processed by over 2,000 charities using the platform.
  • tt-forex – This provides currency transfer and exchange services. Charges are up to 90% lower than the high street banks, and the platform offers a greater level of visibility and control over transactions.


  1. ^ "Charity Technology Trust". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Free email marketing facility on offer". Retrieved 4 Apr 2008. 
  3. ^ "tt-exchange Product Catalogue". Technology Trust. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "CTT wins Microsoft deal". Retrieved 29 Jan 2008. 
  5. ^ "Technology Trust About Us". Technology Trust. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Technology Trust tt-mail". Technology Trust. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 

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