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Freelance CTOs & Charities & NPOs

As a charity or non-profit organisation, resources are commonly limited. A flexible, part-time CTO can provide experienced technology strategy in place of a full-time Technical Director

Digital Strategy

By working with our experienced CTOs and CDOs, you can develop a long-term, workable digital strategy, including marketing, social media, gaming, analytics and reputation management.

Platform and Developer Selection

By applying massive experience, our CTOs will determine the best development platform, database engine and hosting environment for the initial product, as well as selecting the best developer or agency to implement it.

Scoping Projects

Breaking the required features into an iterative release plan, our CTOs can prevent scope creep and ensure that the development can be scoped as accurately as possible.

Project Management

As the development of your project begins, our CTOs can take complete control of the ongoing roadmap, working directly with developers and providing regular check-ins and updates as needed.

Internal IT Strategy

By auditing current use of IT, telephony and networking, our CTOs can provide a roadmap for internal IT, cloud migrations and more.

Donor and Sponsor CRM Strategy

With CTOs experienced in planning and resourcing a CRM strategy, and existing relationships with implementation partners and CRM platforms, our CTOs can add real value to your donor and sponsor management process.

Supporting Inexperienced CTOs

Where the technical lead is inexperienced with strategy, leadership or architecture, our CTOs can provide coaching and mentoring, as well as sharing their load where helpful.

Recruiting a Permanent CTO

When an internal, full-time CTO becomes a necessity, our technologists can help prepare requirements, work with recruiters and use our networks to help find the best candidates, and interview them in person or remotely.

Project Rescue

If product development is at risk, our CTOs can help turn it around and coach the team to prevent future recurrences, as well as providing a full debrief and root cause analysis.

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Get in touch to discuss your charity's technology needs and see how a freelance CTO can help move it forward.

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Clear, Insightful & Laser-Focused

Learn how Saccade builds an achievable plan with you and your team to effect immediate and impactful change

  • First contact - a free introductory call
  • Coffee and deeper dive
  • A free two-hour fact-finding session
  • Agreement of success criteria
  • A written proposal for services
  • Presentation of proposal
  • Scope iteration and refinement
  • Proposal sign-off and agreement
  • Interactive, collaborative delivery
  • Regular status updates
  • Agile revision of scope
  • Happiness measure at every stage
  • Continuous improvement
  • Collaborate on next steps
  • Monitor and support team
  • Coach key team members

Common questions about Freelance CTOs

Drop us an email at if you have any more questions, and we'll reply as soon as possible.

  • Isn't using a Freelance CTO expensive?

    While on a full-time basis a freelance CTO will cost more than a permanent, salaried CTO, having a more part-time, fractional relationship with a CTO-level strategist can save a business money. This type of relationship can be preceded by a short, fixed-length engagement, beyond which the number of days per month can be planned and agreed based on your needs. This is commonly cheaper than the cost of a permanent CTO.

  • What does it cost?

    Saccade has a standard day rate for all CTOs and other freelance C-level executives, but the shape and duration of each engagement and the means of engagement is tailored to every client. We'd love to discuss how this would work for you - drop us a line using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

  • Would an equity share be possible as payment?

    We generally opt for a deferred payment scheme rather than equity or options when working with very early stage startups, solely for logistic reasons, as there is a real operational overhead in appearing in several startups' cap tables.

  • How long does an engagement last?

    All our engagements are tailored to your specific situation, but typically they will either begin with a fixed period of 2 - 10 days of assessment and investigation, followed by a set number of days per month, or be limited to a fixed 5 - 20 day period.

  • Can you join our advisory board?

    Absolutely - we have a plan available for advisory board services. Drop us a line to learn more.

  • Can you help me find a permanent CTO?

    Yes, this is something we commonly assist with as part of a separate engagement, but not where the sole purpose of the engagement is recruitment. We're able to make introductions to placement specialists in this case.

  • What are the dangers of using a freelance CTO?

    While a freelance CTO can provide fill-in support for limited periods, followed by longer stretches of advisory and support, it's important that the business understands that there is likely to be a need for a permanent technology lead at some point, and we openly suggest that engagements aren't held for longer than is reasonable.

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