Getting started with generative AI for charities on a budget

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Generative AI’s ability to create new and unique content has made it increasingly popular. However, as a charity with no budget, you may wonder how to get started with this technology. In this article, we will explore some of the ways you can begin to create generative AI content without breaking the bank.

Start Small

One of the best ways to begin with generative AI is to start small. Start by identifying the areas in which you want to create content, such as social media, email campaigns, or website assets. Once you have identified the areas, you can start experimenting with different generative AI tools to create content that fits your needs.

Use Open-Source Generative AI Tools

There are many open-source generative AI tools available that are free to use. Check out a tool directory like to find one that suits you. By using these tools, you can create content such as images, text, and audio without spending a lot of money.

Collaborate with Universities and Research Institutions

Many universities and research institutions are looking for real-world applications for their research. Collaborating with them can be a win-win situation for both parties. You can get access to their research and expertise, while they can get real-world data to test their theories. Working with these institutions can also help you get exposure and publicity for your charity.

Attend Workshops and Webinars

Attending workshops and webinars is a great way to learn more about generative AI and how it can be used in your organization. Many organisations and companies offer free workshops and webinars to educate people about the technology. Attending these events can also help you network with other people who are interested in generative AI.

Here’s a recording of one I did yesterday.

Hire a Freelancer

If you have a specific project in mind, you can hire a freelancer to create generative AI content for you. Freelancers are lower risk than hiring a full-time employee, and they can work on a project-by-project basis. You can find freelancers on websites such as Upwork, PeoplePerHour and Fiverr.

Generative AI is a powerful tool that can help charities create unique and engaging content. Starting with free and open-source tools, collaborating with universities, attending workshops, and hiring freelancers are all ways to get started with generative AI on a limited budget. By experimenting with different tools and techniques, you can create content that resonates with your audience and helps you achieve your organisation’s goals.

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