Digitally powered
We believe that tech is key to enabling civil society

Our story

Doit.Foundation (formerly Do-it Trust) has been at the forefront of powering civil society through digital technologies since 2009. Starting out as a partner for a national government funded R&D programme called ‘Modernising Volunteering’ in partnership with NCVO and Volunteering Matters, we launched our first digital project, a social network for volunteering, funded by Nominet Trust.

In 2012 we acquired Do-it.org, the nation’s first digital volunteering service, which we transformed from a simple job listing service into a social platform for volunteers and community groups that engage them. In its first year the new platform recruited over 200,000 volunteers and won two internet industry awards including a Webby. Realising that our ambition for the long term future of the service was bigger than our capacity to achieve it, we teamed up with leading education tech company Vivo to create a joint social enterprise called Doit.Life, providing a new home for Do-it.org to thrive and for the charity to evolve into a digitally powered grant making foundation.

Today Doit.Foundation is looking at new ways to build the capacity of civil by digitally distributing micro grants to support small charities and voluntary groups, launching pilots in 2019. Alongside this we will continue to be the charity foundation of Doit.Life, overseeing the development of the Do-it volunteering service and distributing a small number of pro-bono ecosystem licenses to civil society groups.

Our Team

Jamie Ward-Smith

Founder

Jamie has been an innovator and leader in the volunteering sector since 1995. He ran the Kensington & Chelsea Volunteer Bureau for five years, turning it into a centre for innovation and excellence before moving to YouthNet (now known as The Mix) where he co-founded Do-it.org and increased the charity's reach to over half a million young people a month. He then moved to the Home Office to direct community participation policy, leading the Russell Commission Review on youth social action which resulted in the UK's largest single investment in volunteering through the vInspired charity. After five years of running Red Foundation CIC, a leading social change consultancy agency, he founded the Red Trust charity which rebranded to Do-it Trust following the takeover of Do-it.org in 2013.

Jamie is also Chair of the Co-op Foundation, the charity arm of the Co-op Group and Chair of the Doit.Life social enterprise.

Helen Price

Trustee

Helen leads the Volunteer Centre in the London Borough of Enfield. She has worked in the voluntary sector in London and Hertfordshire since 2003 as a senior infrastructure support professional with further experience around Employer Supported Volunteering Initiatives and CSR programmes. Her work has involved her in the setting up and managing of Infrastructure Consortium as well as other Partnership Programmes to deliver local and regional volunteering support initiatives as part of regeneration, citizenship, social cohesion, social capital, health, good management practice initiatives.

Prior to working in the Third Sector, Helen worked as a business management consultant and troubleshooter working with SMEs to plan and manage change, growth and financial control. In this role she successfully negotiated with finance providers, Tax departments, suppliers, customers to negotiate payment agreements, credit control terms, price structures etc all fundamental to the business of successfully running an organisation (whichever sector).

George Lee

Trustee

George is co-founder of The Age of No Retirement, the leading organisation in intergenerational thinking, design and action. Based on a vast body of research and experience, George is helping a wide range of organisations discover the commonality of needs and values — across all ages — to help design new products, services and places to work and live, which work across our whole life course.

She is also the founder of The Common Room, a brand new concept in community thinking. The Common Room is where younger and older come together in dynamic exploration and discovery. It is where human connection, collaboration and the power of “together” thrive. The Common Room is designed to help people discover their purpose and reach new goals in life, whatever their age.

George started her career as an organisational psychologist. In 2002 she founded This is Real Art, one of the most disruptive and celebrated design studios in the world, where she worked with brands like Channel 4, Sony, Virgin, MTV and Coca-Cola.

In 2012, determined to use her creativity to build a better world she launched Commonland, a creative studio that used design-thinking to tackle complex social issues.

In 2016, George was voted as one of the world's 50 Creative Leaders by the world's leading creative and innovation magazine, Creative Review.

Suresh Patel

Trustee & Treasurer

Suresh is an accountant who qualified with the Chartered Insititute of Public Finance & Accountancy in 1997. He specialises in working with public sector and not-for-profit organisations. He spent 18 years with the Audit Commission carrying out independent financial audits of some the largest and most complex local councils, hospitals and charities in the Midlands, London and the South East. Suresh currently works for global accounting and advisory firm Mazars, a senior member of their growing public sector practice.

Suresh brings with him significant experience of working with Boards, Directors and Committees to strengthen financial reporting, financial management and governance.

George Grima

Trustee

George is the Co-founder and CEO of Doit.Life and Vivo Technology. Doit.Life is empowering communities
to flourish around their shared values, working together to do and be more - celebrating our achievements and encouraging each other along the way.

George has been a tech innovator and entrepreneur for nearly 20 years, having founded JobZone and Puma amongst other companies.

Supporters

If you’d like to support our work then please get in touch. You’ll be in great company with these amazing companies and funders that have supported our work so far.


Doit Life is the social enterprise behind the Doit digital platform, powering civil society and providing access to positive experiences that benefit individuals and the communities in which they live and work. Doit Life provide the Foundation with a combination of funding, back office and tech resources.


The world's largest search engine supports Doit.Foundation through a Google Grant and free Google Business Apps.


Linked In are the world's largest professional networking platform. They are supporting Do-it by providing free access to their UK Volunteer Marketplace.