The Center for the Digital Nonprofit – Fact Sheet

Doing good better

The Center for the Digital Nonprofit pulls the future forward so that international nonprofits can do good better.

Through innovation and collaboration, The Center brings together the expertise of the technology sector with the on-the-ground experience of global nonprofits to create a network for committed, forward-looking organizations to help global nonprofits accelerate the advancement of their missions and achieve exponential impact to improve the world we share.

By providing the guidance, resources and tools, and grantmaking needed for digital transformation, The Center helps nonprofits achieve the promise of tomorrow today.

 

A Focus on Digital Transformation

The Center for the Digital Nonprofit, founded by NetHope in 2017, has three distinct areas of focus:

  • The Human Capacity initiative targets the skills that nonprofit leadership and staff need to navigate digital transformation. Who = People
  • The Organizational Excellence initiative builds reference models, innovations, and benchmarking tools for the sector. How = Process
  • The Advanced Technology initiative establishes the best practices, standards, and tools relevant for the critical work of addressing our shared global challenges. Enabler = Technology

Collaboration, Partnership, and Collective Impact

The Center builds on NetHope’s 18-year history of trusted cross-sector partnerships. NetHope is a consortium of nearly 60 of the world’s largest humanitarian, development, and conservation organizations. Collectively these global nonprofit members deliver 60 percent of all non-governmental, international aid, which translates into $23 billion in annual aid. We work in over 180 countries. NetHope’s 60 technology partners bring the value of over $676+ billion of technology R&D and the creative ideas of more than one million employees.

Work to Date

To date, The Center for the Digital Nonprofit has reached multiple milestones. It has:

  • produced the Digital Nonprofit Skills Framework for the Nonprofit (DSFW) and the DSFW Library, defining the required skills for success in a digital world;
  • developed diagnostic survey tools, including The Digital Nonprofit Ability (DNA) Assessment and The Digital Nonprofit Skills (DNS) Assessment, which are being used to set industry standards and gain actionable insights on improving the sector;
  • released its findings from these surveys in two white papers: The Digital Nonprofit Ability Assessment and The Digital Nonprofit Skills Assessment, which was designed and fielded in collaboration with Humentum and sponsored by #ImpactCloud, including: Box.org, DocuSign IMPACT Foundation, Okta, Oracle NetSuite Social Impact, Salesforce.org, Splunk, Tableau Foundation, Twilio.org, and Workplace by Facebook;
  • created the Imagine, Design, Execute, and Assess (IDEA) framework, a process in which NetHope members, in partnership with implementing tech partners, undertake a transformation process – 25 percent of NetHope members are engaged in IDEA;
  • assembled a robust library of tools and resources on The Center for the Digital Nonprofit website; and
  • published a series of blog posts and Destination Digital podcasts featuring a variety of engaged authors and guest interviews.

Future priorities for 2019 include: creating more opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, automating feedback from the DNA and DNS Assessments, expanding the library of resources and tools, fostering circular feedback from NetHope members to increase responsiveness; and attracting more committed, forward-thinking partners of all kinds.

This work is supported by the generous support of our six founding partners: Microsoft, Okta, Blackbaud, Box.org, Oracle NetSuite, and Avanade. We are all dedicated to building a platform of hope for those who receive aid and those who deliver it. Together, we will change the world. 

Contacts 

Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope, laurenw@nethope.org

Fredrik Winsnes, Director of The Center for the Digital Nonprofit, fredrik.winsnes@nethope.org

Resources

If you would like to join us on this journey of digital transformation, contact Fredrik Winsnes, NetHope CEO, at fredrik.winsnes@nethope.org.