We chose to become a 'Community Interest Company' (CIC) because we want our social purpose embedded into our constitution. We wanted to make sure the asset was locked and no individual could ever benefit from any profits, but instead they would always be reinvested back into our business and our community. We wanted to ensure that Upshot would always be available to the third sector at a fair price, encouraging more organisations to be data-driven and evidence-led. As most charitable entities, we report back on this social purpose and it has been incredibly gratifying to see that our clients feel we are achieving our own outcomes around supporting the sector to measure their impact better.
One of the benefits of being a CIC is that we are now eligible for grants. We don’t rely on these but one highlight of this year was getting our first ever grant from The Rank Foundation. This has enabled us to have another person to support our growing business and invest further in our team and infrastructure. In fact we have added two new faces to our team and they have already added so much value in the short time they have been with us.
We spun out of the Football Foundation because we wanted to reach more organisations, in more sectors and help them manage, monitor and evidence their impact in different ways. I’m pleased to say in the last 12 months, we have seen 7561 users working on Upshot, we’ve added 574 new organisations to our community, delivered 824 training hours and supported 1400 users.
As the pandemic wanes (hopefully), we are starting to look forward and think about where we can add even more value to our community. We now have a base at the House of Sport where we can work together in person, although we will continue to be a predominantly remote working team. We have elevated our cyber security measures achieving Cyber Essentials this year and working towards Cyber Essentials Plus. And we are expanding our offering to include more capacity building around MEL for the sector. We have always seen ourselves as more than a system - we are a team of problem solvers trying to support our clients in what can be seen as a complex area. The focus for the future is to keep delivering the service and support we are known for, but also look for other ways to add value to the impact measurement space, while we all navigate a slightly different world together. A lot has changed but the need to evidence your impact and tell your story will always be important. As a social enterprise ourselves, we know this now more than ever before.