Networked digital data has inspired an exciting era of innovation. But the reality for most civil society organizations is that governing these resources safely, ethically and effectively is an extreme challenge. Many of the world’s leading nonprofit advocacy and research organizations focused on digital data have found they have to compromise their values in order to use digital fundraising and advocacy tools.
The Lab hosted an invited group of civil society leaders at Stanford on January 10, 2017 for a day-long workshop to consider how to develop plans, guidelines, policies and resources for safe, ethical and effective digital governance of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The workshop participants also helped test and refine some of the data governance resources now freely available on the Digital Impact Toolkit.