Digital Impact is an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS). We work to improve the digital infrastructure for civil society and help social sector practitioners and policymakers use digital resources safely, ethically, and effectively. Digital Impact is made possible with the ongoing support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the progressive financial firm Liquidnet, and Knight Foundation.
Digital Impact Grants launched in 2016 to support research and sector-wide strategies to strengthen the safe, ethical and effective use of digital resources in civil society, and to support better data-informed decision making in philanthropy (particularly individual giving) and in the social sector writ large.
Grants are awarded for two types of projects: scholarly research and sector advancement. We aim to support research, prototypes, and shared learning that can help donors and social sector organizations use digital data safely, ethically, and effectively to improve their work.
Digital Impact is committed to supporting cohorts of grantees and connecting them to the broader Digital Impact and Digital Civil Society Lab communities. We hope that the availability of these funds will help spark other funding in this area and inform the field of new ideas and efforts focused on using digital data well.
Toward that end, all applicants, regardless of whether they are selected for a grant or not, will have the opportunity to opt in to share their contact information and ideas as part of a “map” of the field, which we will build on over time and make publicly available for anyone’s use.
Digital Impact Grants are subawards from the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University. Selected grantees will complete and submit a form to the Office of Sponsored Research at Stanford University. Upon full approval by Stanford grantees will submit an invoice for the full amount of the award, to be paid by Stanford at the beginning of the grant period.
All work must be done with the expectation of being publicly shared and geared toward improving practice in the field.
To apply for a Digital Impact Grant, submit the following materials via our online application:
Deadline: All application materials must be received by 5:00 PM (Pacific Time) on June 25, 2018.
June 25, 2018 – Deadline to apply (5:00 PM Pacific Time)
August 2018 – Grant recipients notified
Thank you for your interest in Digital Impact Grants.