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Comic Relief supports its grant programmes and connects global teams with Huddle."We chose Huddle as it hit all of our requirements. It provided a space to review and provide feedback on work without all these comments being lost in reams of emails."- Peter Macfadyen, Climate Change Manager

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  • 1. Case StudyComic ReliefComic Relief supports its grant programs and connectsglobal teams with Huddle. About Comic Relief Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world free from poverty. The organization works 365 days a year to help that vision become a reality. The charity spends the millions of pounds raised each year in the best way possible to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice. Location UK Challenge To work effectively with grantees for Sector Third sector both its UK and international grant Industry Charityprogrammes and securely store documents in one central place.Launched from a refugee camp in Sudan on Christmas Day in 1985, Comic Relief has been striving We chose Huddle as it hit all of ourto create a just world free from poverty for more than 25 years. Through its two big fundraising requirements. It provided a space tocampaigns Red Nose Day and Sport Relief - millions of pounds are raised each year. Every penny review and provide feedback on worksupports people and communities in real need, both across the UK and in the worlds poorestwithout all these comments being lost incountries. Since the charitys launch, Comic Relief cash has been at work in more than 76 countries. reams of emails. Versions of documents are now tracked so we have a clear historyFor both its UK and international grant programs, Comic Relief needs to work collaboratively withof how a paper was developed.grantees. It required a secure space in the cloud that could be accessed from anywhere in the world - Sarah Gabriel, Technical Project Managerand was intuitive to use. Due to its easy-to-use interface and the ability to work with people acrossthe firewall securely, Comic Reliefs grants department selected Huddle and rolled it out to more than130 people. Huddle provided a secure central environment for teams to efficiently share strategydocuments, case studies and budgets.As we work with different project partners all over the world, each project team needed a centralspace to bring together documents and ideas under one roof, said Sarah Gabriel, Technical ProjectManager, Comic Relief. Using the organizations shared servers wasnt a suitable option so we lookedto the cloud to provide us an effective solution. We chose Huddle as it hit all of our requirements. Itprovided a space to review and provide feedback on work without all these comments being lost inreams of emails. Versions of documents are now tracked so we have a clear history of how a paperwas developed.Everyone is accustomed to using tools such as Facebook in their personal lives and, rather thanbeing too daunting, Huddles interface proved intuitive to use and very accessible. No hand-holdingwas required to get the team up and running, Sarah continues. We love the traffic light system fordocument approval as its now far easier to see who has signed off uploaded files. Huddle has madethe whole process far more efficient.Peter Macfadyen, Comic Reliefs Climate Change Manager, added: I found Huddle extremely versatilefor our work in peer reviewing a number of applications for funding.Following its successful deployment within the grants department, Comic Relief is now looking at rollingHuddle out more widely. With a number of staff working remotely and traveling to and from variouslocations, the organization is also examining Huddles iPad, iPhone and BlackBerry applications.