Tinder Foundation, a charity that supports digitally and socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital, has undergone a name change and is now known as “Good Things Foundation”.
The CILIP Information Literacy Group has recently developed fruitful collaborations with Good Things Foundation, including the organisation of two events focused on digital inclusion and developing digital literacies.
From October 2015 to April 2016, Good Things Foundation funded 16 library services across England to deliver innovative and sustainable digital inclusion projects, targeting vulnerable or isolated people to help them improve their basic digital skills. A final report, containing the findings from the project and recommendations for how libraries can best deliver and utilise digital inclusion activities going forward, was released in July 2016.
In a news item on the organisation’s website, their Chief Executive, Helen Milner, explains the decision to change name: “How to make good things happen with digital technology is a question that’s occupied us for the past decade and more. We’ve focussed on bringing digital skills to those who can most benefit from them – growing and nurturing the Online Centres Network, building the Learn My Way learning platform, and supporting over 2 million people to take their first steps with digital.
“Now it’s time to be clearer about who we are – and who we’re not. It’s been fun at times to break the ice with: ‘No, not that Tinder.’ But the confusion hasn’t helped us connect with everyone in the right way! Partnerships are key to what we do, and how we can do more of it, so we needed a name that spoke more clearly about our role and vision.
“We’re focused on improving lives through digital. So now we’re putting that at the very core of how we connect with the world. Our new name reflects our strategy, and our ambition to change the lives of millions more people by seeking out the hardest to reach and leveraging digital tools to make good things happen for them.”