Organization TypeImplementing NGO, Institute, Advocacy NGO
Digital Impact is an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS). They improve the digital infrastructure for civil society and help social sector practitioners and policymakers use digital resources safely, ethically, and effectively for maximum impact. Digital Impact is made possible with the ongoing support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the progressive financial firm Liquidnet, and Knight Foundation.
A core capacity of nonprofits and foundations is managing and governing digital data in ways that advance their mission and respect the rights of the people they serve. They support this capacity by:
fostering a robust online community dedicated to the exchange of practical data-related knowledge and expertise;
hosting in-person events that support knowledge sharing, ideation, research, and cross-sector collaboration;
cultivating innovation and original research through grants and mentorship to select practitioners and partners in the field; and
developing and sharing ready-to-use tools, policies, and resources for digital data governance in the social sector.
As both assets and liabilities, digital data hold tremendous promise but also raise new challenges for civil society. It’s time to manage them safely, ethically, and effectively to help ensure a higher impact social sector.