Most charities approach CITA because they do not have the appropriate IT skills, experience or knowledge inhouse. By engaging CITA, they immediately mitigate the cost of either hiring such resource or having to buy the skills in via a consultancy contract.
CITA volunteers provide their services on a pro bono basis, i.e. free of charge.
Some charities will also look at the outcome of a project to support a business case – often CITA volunteers are party to buying decisions and their expertise can help to ensure that the procurement process is easier, cheaper and ultimately more effective.
If the business case is challenging, remember that CITA does have access to discretionary funding and can award ‘bursaries’ to part fund the administration fee where circumstances are appropriate.