How to Fund Nonprofit Tech: A Guide for Funders and Nonprofits

6 Emerging Practices in Funding Nonprofit Tech

New to funding nonprofit technology or seeking to evolve your practice?

Published in July 2023, this guide highlights six strategies that are increasingly becoming best practices by grantmakers who fund operational technology for their nonprofit partners. From cohort-based learning to providing direct services alongside funding, these practices can ensure that your investment in technology infrastructure supports nonprofit sustainability and increased impact.

Based on interviews, meetings, and webinars with members of the Technology Association of Grantmakers, this whitepaper identifies and explores the leading practices that have emerged as innovative approaches to funding nonprofit technology. Micro case studies include practices from:

  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Okta for Good
  • Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
  • Siegel Family Endowment
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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Tech Funders 101: Webinar Recording

Since 2020, we have seen a rise in infrastructure investment. However, one type of infrastructure investment is often left behind: digital infrastructure.

In the social sector, this investment is a critical part of service delivery in the digital era—and yet, it’s often overlooked in favor of program investment.

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Resources for Funders and Nonprofits

Changing this dynamic requires effort both from funders and from nonprofits. Tech Impact and the Technology Association of Grantmakers teamed up to create a series of resources to guide you in this work. These resources are free to download—just click the links below.

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For funders, resources include:

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For nonprofits, resources include:

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Additional Reading

For additional reading, we also recommend two recent articles on the need for funding technology:

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Funding For This Series

This series is funded in part through an award from Okta for Good.

About TAG and TechImpact

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 1700 members in 300 foundations throughout North America and beyond, TAG provides technology professionals and “accidental techies” in philanthropy with knowledge, networks, mentoring, and educational opportunities.

Tech Impact is a nonprofit on a mission to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve the world. We offer a comprehensive suite of technology services that includes managed IT support, data and strategy services, telecommunications, and cloud computing integration and support. If your nonprofit needs cybersecurity support or other technology consulting help, please complete the form to schedule a call with one of our tech advisors.