To measure the overall impact of the third sector, the latest data shows that 9,000 foundations are currently operating in Spain, employing more than a quarter of a million workers, and generating an expenditure of more than 8,000 million euros. All these entities carry out activities in diverse fields of general interest (social, educational, environmental, research or cultural) jointly representing 0.8% of the state GDP. To these foundations we should add another type of entities, such as associations or cooperatives, that also pursue social cohesion and inclusion.
The third sector faces the need to bet on the process of digitalization and application of new technologies to “do more with the same or, at least, the same with less”, as defended by Óscar Codon, general director of the Altran Foundation These new tools will allow to respond to the new current requirements, such as improving communication, transparency, innovation, efficiency, data protection or immediacy.
This process necessarily involves individual involvement: “The transformation is also aimed at people who are part of the entities or foundations. If they do not believe it, there will be difficulties in managing change.” Although the cost of this transformation has been used so far as an excuse to delay the implementation of certain changes, there are currently “cheaper tools, which if they are not ad hoc, at least they respond to our needs by 70 or 80%” One of the keys to start this process is to face it progressively: “You don’t have to start at 100%. You can start with a pilot project and then move forward. “Although Codon recommended” to be patient “to implement” change processes that can be uncomfortable, “the third sector digitalization is an urgent need:” Technology is an investment that exists to include in our accounts ”.