Digital Impact Grants

2018 Digital Impact Grants Cohort Selected

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Digital Impact has awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to five social sector organizations working to advance the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources for social good.

The selected grantees represent the third cohort in the Digital Impact Grants program (formerly Good Data Grants), which launched in 2016 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program aims to support advancement and research in the safe, responsible use of digital resources among nonprofits, foundations, and other civil society organizations, with a focus on projects that have broad application for improving knowledge, practices, and outcomes across the global social sector.

Grant awards 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. Grants will fund both new and ongoing work to be conducted over the course of the grant year through fall 2019. The 2018 grantees are: 



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

    “The scalable pilot on Artificial Intelligence will create quantitative public datasets and qualitative research resources to preserve the digital lifeline for LGBTQ people on digital platforms.”

    New York City, United States

  • Hispanics in Philanthropy

    From Data to Action: Analysis of Donor’s digital generosity trends towards Nonprofits supporting Latino Communities in the Americas

    “HIP will conduct an in-depth analysis of online giving trends, using data from our Latino-focused crowdfunding platform HIPGive, to help Latino nonprofits benefit from digital generosity.”

    Oakland, CA United States

  • Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law

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

    “To strengthen the safe and effective use of sensitive data gathered from open sources by remote-based volunteer networks carrying out online investigations.”

    Berkeley, CA United States


    Housing Data Coalition

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

    New York, NY

“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.

For a complete list of the 2018 grant applicants who agreed to share details about their projects, click here.

For more information, view the original Digital Impact Grants 2018 Request for Proposal.

Stay connected with Digital Impact to learn more about additional opportunities.


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