TAG Launches Digital Infrastructure Guide with NetHope, NTEN, TechSoup

Aug 12, 2020

Grantmakers are increasingly recognizing that social change requires an investment in technology. Yet, as the pandemic has taught us, it will take more than tools alone – the collective strength of civil society depends on building the digital capacity of both funders and their nonprofit partners.

Launched on August 12, 2020, the Roadmap for Funders: Investing in Digital Infrastructure authored by the Technology Association of Grantmakers, NetHope, NTEN, and TechSoup, is designed to provide concrete ways you can invest in three core elements of digital infrastructure:

  • Digital transformation within your own foundation
  • Skills, tools, and capacity with grantees and nonprofit partners
  • Sector-wide services, platforms, and data-sharing

Building back better for civil society means an investment in this digital infrastructure, so if you’re just getting started or seeking to revisit your existing approach, this guide will help. Inherently, transformation is a dynamic process and one you’ll continue to evolve. Today, as philanthropy pauses to consider its role in a changing world, is an ideal time to invest.

A Framework for Digital Infrastructure

Supporting awareness of the need for digital infrastructure in civil society, the Roadmap for Funders includes a framework for understanding digital infrastructure. The framework includes six key elements of digital infrastructure that reflect a minimal viable combination of efforts. 

6 key elements of digital infrastructure

Each element defines a component of infrastructure that must be addressed through coalitional efforts such as data and technology platforms that are funded through public/private/social sector partnership or skills-building initiatives that advance data literacy and technical fluency. Such efforts may be open-sourced or private/social/community partnerships. Each element is necessary to creating robust, scalable, sustainable, and equitable infrastructure for the mission of civil society. 

Join the Taskforce on Digital Infrastructure

In conjunction with the launch of Roadmap for Funders: Investing in Digital Infrastructure, the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) announces the launch of the Taskforce on Digital Infrastructure. For six months beginning in September 2020, the Taskforce will facilitate an identification of shared priorities for digital infrastructure (e.g., common grant application, back-office tech toolkits, data collaboratives, tech service corps, etc.) as well as potential cross-sector partners for moving each initiative forward in 2021 and beyond. 

Learn more about the TAG Taskforce at https://www.tagtaskforce.org/.

Download the Roadmap for Funders (PDF)

About the Technology Association of Grantmakers

TAG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization that promotes the strategic, innovative, and equitable use of technology in philanthropy to solve problems and improve lives. With over 2000 members in 300 foundations throughout North America and beyond, TAG is the voice of technology in the philanthropic sector, providing technology professionals, tech funders, and “accidental techies” with knowledge, networks, mentoring, and educational opportunities.

Since 2008, the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) has built a global community, conducted groundbreaking research, and become an advocate for investment in tech infrastructure throughout the charitable sector. For more information, visit tagtech.org.