Only one fourth of nonprofits report having a defined strategy for achieving digital readiness, and only about half of those actually have the resources to implement their strategy. Restricted resources, competing priorities, and a lack of guidance mean that nonprofits only spend $1 on technology for every $3 that private companies do, and yet, we know that tech savvy nonprofits are four times as likely to achieve their missions.
95,000 tech professionals in the US have raised their hands on LinkedIn, saying they are interested in joining a nonprofit board. They are a part of a generation of tech workers who want to leverage their expertise and networks for good. But despite this interest, we're missing the connection: very few of them are actually doing it.
With the rapidly maturing field of artificial intelligence (AI), nonprofit organizations are once again needing to rethink everything from fundraising to risk management to staffing to the needs of their community. This requires new expertise and voices at the board table to ask the right questions and provide the insights to make strategic and pragmatic decisions.
Tech leaders can make a significant impact as board members by facilitating four areas of technology governance for a nonprofit organization:
Board.Dev works with foundations to sponsor cohorts of nonprofits to bring technology governance to their organizations.
Board.Dev works with tech leadership teams to train their leaders to serve on nonprofit boards to make an impact in the community and develop as purpose-driven leaders.