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Digital Impact Awards Nearly $200K in Grants to Improve Digital Capacity and Security Across Global Civil Society

Stanford PACS initiative marks its third year of funding research and advancements for the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources for social good.

Press Release – Stanford, CADigital Impact, an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), has awarded a total of $198,000 in grants to five social sector organizations working to improve digital practices, infrastructure, and outcomes across global civil society.

The selected organizations represent the third cohort of grantees for the Digital Impact Grants program. Made possible through the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Digital Impact’s unique funding initiative supports research and innovation to advance the use of digital resources among nonprofits, foundations, and other civil society organizations, in the U.S. and abroad.

This year’s grants range from approximately $28,000 to $49,000, with winners selected through a competitive proposal process drawing 72 applications from organizations in 26 countries across 6 continents.

“As we mark our third year of the Digital Impact Grants program, we remain strongly encouraged by the diverse issue areas and geographic regions represented across our global pool of applicants,” said Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford PACS and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab, which houses the Digital Impact initiative. “The wide range of submitted proposals underscores how support for digital capacity and infrastructure is increasingly critical to a thriving civil society, across the world and across the broad spectrum of civil society organizations.”

The work of this year’s grantees aims to improve practices, knowledge, or infrastructure around digital security, data governance, online fundraising, the use of artificial intelligence, and other increasingly mission-critical areas for civil society organizations in this digital age. And like those of the 2016 and 2017 Digital Impact Grants cohorts, all grantee projects will be publicly shared for the benefit of the social sector at large.

The 2018 cohort of Digital Impact grantees and their funded projects include:

New York, NY

GLAAD Digital: Building LGBTQ-Inclusive Artificial Intelligence to Accelerate Acceptance

GLAAD will develop a scalable pilot on Artificial Intelligence that will create quantitative public datasets and qualitative research resources to preserve the digital lifeline for LGBTQ people on digital platforms.

Hispanics in Philanthropy
Oakland, CA

From Data to Action: Analysis of Donors’ Digital Generosity Trends Towards Nonprofits Supporting Latino Communities in the Americas

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) will conduct an in-depth analysis of online giving trends, using data from its Latino-focused crowdfunding platform, HIPGive, to help Latino nonprofits benefit from digital generosity.

Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA

Online Open Source Investigations in the Digital Age: A Model of Safe Practice for Remote-based Volunteer Networks

The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law will conduct research to strengthen the safe and effective use of sensitive data gathered from open sources by remote-based volunteer networks carrying out online investigations.
New York, NY

Housing Data Coalition

The Housing Data Coalition is a community of organizations and individuals who collaborate on supporting tenants’ rights in NYC through data projects and technical assistance.

Public Laboratory for Open Technology
New Orleans, LA

Community Data Privacy Toolkit

The Community Data Privacy Toolkit (CDPT) is a set of web-based data management tools for privacy-first, user-friendly data input, archiving, and sharing among social sector organizations.

Since its founding in 2016, the Digital Impact Grants program has awarded approximately $660,000 to 18 different projects, including several collaborative initiatives, in support of innovative work and research to strengthen digital civil society.

As with past cohorts, the work of this year’s grantees will be highlighted via Digital Impact, which hosts a suite of free and open-access tools, perspectives, webinars, and other resources aimed at supporting the safe, responsible use of digital resources for social impact.

For more information, view the full announcement and the original Digital Impact Grants 2018 Request for Proposal via Digital Impact.

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