About Digital Impact

Digital Impact (formerly Markets for Good) is an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS). We improve the digital infrastructure for civil society and help social sector practitioners and policymakers use digital resources safely, ethically and effectively for maximum impact. Digital Impact is made possible with the ongoing support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the progressive financial firm Liquidnet, and Knight Foundation.

A core capacity of nonprofits and foundations is managing and governing digital data in ways that advance your mission and respect the rights of the people you serve. We support this capacity by:

  • fostering a robust online community dedicated to the exchange of practical data-related knowledge and expertise;
  • hosting in-person events that support knowledge sharing, ideation, research and cross-sector collaboration;
  • cultivating innovation and original research through grants and mentorship to select practitioners and partners in the field; and
  • developing and sharing ready-to-use tools, policies and resources for digital data governance in the social sector.

As both assets and liabilities, digital data hold tremendous promise but also raise new challenges for civil society. It’s time to manage them safely, ethically and effectively to help you achieve your mission and ensure a higher impact social sector.

About the Digital Civil Society Lab

The Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS investigates the challenges and opportunities facing civil society organizations in the digital age and develops resources to help organizations use digital data and infrastructure safely, ethically and effectively.

The Lab aims to shape the future of civil society globally by fostering the creation of new mechanisms for using, governing and donating digital assets for public benefit.

In addition to advancing the work of social sector practitioners and policymakers through the Digital Impact program, the Lab supports scholars and academics through workshops, research and publications, university student networks, and postdoctoral and non-resident fellowships.

The Lab is led by Lucy Bernholz, senior research scholar at Stanford PACS, and Rob Reich, faculty co-director of Stanford PACS.

About Stanford PACS

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society and effect social change. Stanford PACS connects students, scholars and practitioners and publishes the preeminent journal Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Contact Us

Digital Impact relies on our community for great content, comments, questions and feedback. Please contact us to share your ideas and insights.  

Email: hello@digitalimpact.org


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