Assessment Tool Helps All Nonprofits Discover Their DNA to Accelerate Digital Transformation

PRESS RELEASE

September 23, 2019

Contacts: Nan Hall, Ric Brewer

NetHope Communications Team

nan.hall@nethope.org | 206-604-5118

ric.brewer@nethope.org | 206-276-5200


SEATTLE – NetHope’s Center for the Digital Nonprofit announces today that its Digital Nonprofit Ability™ (DNA) Assessment is now available free to all nonprofits—not exclusively to NetHope’s 56 members. The Center is also sharing a new resource guide that documents an associated social impact accelerator, the IDEA Journey.

“The DNA Assessment is an automated, online social sector benchmarking tool that essentially serves as a GPS—a starting point—for nonprofit digital transformation,” explains Fredrik Winsnes, Director of NetHope’s Center for the Digital Nonprofit. The survey measures and provides insights on a nonprofit organization’s relative strengths and weaknesses across six categories that are critical to nonprofit digital transformation, which include: Readiness (overall mindset), People, Process, Technology, Data, and Investments.

The DNA and IDEA Journey are two of many tools and resources being created by The Center. The genesis for The Center for the Digital Nonprofit began with the realization that a “business as usual approach” to the way we solve world problems was not going to work. Demand is consistently outstripping resources, and the gap is widening.

“The only way the ambitious United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals set for 2030 are to be achieved is to change our processes, and that begins with knowing our starting point,” said Lauren Woodman, CEO of NetHope. “By simplifying access to the DNA Assessment and encouraging more nonprofits to take the survey, we can help individual nonprofits begin their digital transformation journey and gain a better understanding of the state of the sector.”

The Center will also be offering enhanced reporting, analysis, data visualization, and recommendations as additional, fee-based, value-added services. Initial research findings on the DNA Assessment are available in a white paper.

The IDEA Journey—which stands for Imagine, Design, Execute, and Assess—represents a more than $2 million venture investment. It’s aimed at making it easier and faster for nonprofits to rapidly leverage digital technologies to solve challenges and further advance their missions. It was launched and refined under the sponsorship of Microsoft and five consulting partners as Dream, Design, Deliver (D3). To date, 15 NetHope members with headquarters both in Europe and the USA have begun pilot-testing the IDEA Journey.

“Over the last 14 months, Microsoft and our partners have been working with NetHope members to help them identify and bring to life their digital transformation goals to help accelerate impact. We are excited to see Dream, Design, Deliver evolve and grow to help even more nonprofits,” explains Justin Spelhaug, General Manager of Microsoft Tech for Social Impact.

The collective experience of the 15 participating NetHope members and five consulting partners—Accenture Development Partnerships, AKA, Avanade, Revel, and Wipfli—has now been compiled, published, and made available for everyone’s benefit. These digital transformation efforts are aimed at addressing world challenges at all scales, ranging from operational transformation to beneficiary-facing solutions and unleashing innovations.

IDEA Journey Participants (NetHope Members)

British Red Cross | Compassion International | HIAS | International Refugee Committee | Marie Stopes International | Medair | Médecins Sans Frontières | Mercy Corps | Norwegian Refugee Council | Pro Mujer | SOS Children’s Villages | Team Rubicon | The Carter Center | Trócaire | Winrock

Founding Partners of The Center for the Digital Nonprofit

The work of The Center for the Digital Nonprofit cannot be done without our dedicated Founding Partners, who consistently demonstrate entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit: Avanade | Blackbaud | Box.org | Microsoft | Okta | Oracle NetSuite Social Impact

About NetHope and The Center for the Digital Nonprofit

NetHope empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. NetHope, a consortium of nearly 60 leading global nonprofits. Its membership collectively delivers over 60 percent of all annual, international, non-governmental aid. NetHope unites with technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Together, the NetHope community strives to transform the world, building a platform of hope for those who receive aid and those who deliver it.

In fall 2017, NetHope launched The Center for the Digital Nonprofit, an initiative that 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 improve the world we share. The Center has three areas of focus: People, Process, and Technology. By providing the guidance, resources and tools, and grantmaking needed for digital transformation, The Center helps nonprofits achieve the promise of tomorrow today.

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