Digital Civil Society Lab

Digital Impact

Digital data hold tremendous promise for creating impact in the social sector, and they also raise new challenges.

Digital Impact (formerly Markets for Good) is an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab to improve the data infrastructure for social good and help civil society organizations use digital resources safely, ethically and effectively. 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 your mission and respect the rights of the people you serve. Digital Impact supports 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 in the field;
  • developing and sharing ready-to-use tools, policies and resources for digital data governance in the social sector.

Digital Impact Grants

Digital Impact Grants fund research and innovation to strengthen the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources in civil society. A fundamental goal of the program is to support better data-informed decision making in philanthropy (particularly individual giving) and in the social sector writ large.

The program awards grants for two types of projects: scholarly research and sector advancement. Our aim is to foster innovations and research that have broad application for improving knowledge, practices, and outcomes across the social sector.

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