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Three concepts of social sector transformation

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The following is a cross-post of a Sept. 27 blog originally published by Alix Dunn of The Engine Room, a nonprofit that helps activists, organizations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase their impact. The Engine Room was part of the first cohort of Good Data grantees for their joint project known as the Good Data Collaborative. …

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Building better data policies with Digital Impact

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New Music USA is on a mission to help new music thrive in America. We make over $1 million in grants to the new music community each year, publish NewMusicBox, and advocate for new music nationally and abroad. In 2013, we overhauled our grantmaking process, which gave us the opportunity to get creative about how to leverage the data we …

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Video: Digital Policy and Practice for the Nonprofit Sector

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On Jan. 17, Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (home of Digital Impact) hosted Digital Impact: Policy and Practice for the Nonprofit Sector in 2017, a panel exploring key questions such as: What are the key digital policy issues that matter to nonprofits in 2017? What are the most pressing challenges to nonprofits and activists? What should nonprofits, foundations and community activists …

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Data on Purpose/Do Good Data 2017

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 Watch recordings of the 2017 sessions here! Save the dates for next year’s conference, February 15-16, 2018! About the 2017 conference: We work in a time when there is an overabundance of data. It has the ability to transform how social sector organizations operate, interact with one another, and serve constituents. It also has the capacity to do great harm …

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Announcing the Digital Impact World Tour

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Digital data offers a world of possibilities for civil society to achieve greater impact – data transforms how we operate, interact and serve constituents. At the same time, poorly-managed data can cause great harm. Civil society’s rising dependence on digital data and infrastructure has raised new ethical and governance challenges, generated a new set of regulatory actors, and made many …

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Introducing: Digital Impact

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We’re thrilled to announce that we’re bringing all our communities of digital do-gooders under one roof. Today we will begin transitioning Markets for Good and to one new shared identity – Digital Impact. All of the content, collaboration, and digital exploration we know and love will continue growing under the new Digital Impact – an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy …

First cohort of grantees selected

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Digital Impact (formerly Markets For Good) has awarded nearly $275,000 in grants to seven projects spearheaded by U.S. nonprofits and universities to build a higher impact social sector founded in responsible digital data use and infrastructure. The selected projects represent the first cohort of grantees for the new grants program, which launched in June 2016 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program aims …

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The missing power of the beneficiary

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Have you ever thought about the power you hold in your wallet? Consumers in a capitalist economy, taken collectively, change the world. They drive markets. They push entrepreneurs to innovate. They cause businesses to compete with one another to provide the best experience for customers. When they deliver value to consumers, they flourish. When they fail to meet consumer needs, they …

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Video: Philanthropy Blueprint 2017

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“Especially in uncertain times the organizations and activists who make up civil society need to understand, protect, advocate for, and use their digital data and infrastructure just as they use their financial and human resources—safely, ethically, and effectively.” Every year Lucy Bernholz writes Philanthropy Blueprint, a forecast of trends, challenges, buzzwords and breakthroughs in the philanthropic sector for the year ahead. On …

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Podcast: Data Conversation with Asha Curran

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In this episode of Data Conversations, Andrew Means talks to Asha Curran, Chief Innovation Officer and the Director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y, about this year’s #GivingTuesday outcomes and success stories. Describing #GivingTuesday as a “new national ritual,” Asha talks about what makes the campaign unique and how it has been hyperlocalized, globalized, and variously …