Technology can transform the way we solve the world’s toughest humanitarian problems.

Technology can transform the way we solve the world’s toughest humanitarian problems.


Pulling the future forward so that international nonprofits can do good better. 

Through collaboration, we bring together the expertise of the technology sector with the on-the-ground experience of nonprofits to create a foundation for forward-looking organizations to deliver aid, relieve suffering, and build hope. By providing the expertise, resources, tools, guidance, and grantmaking needed for digital transformation, The Center helps nonprofits achieve the efficiency of tomorrow today. If you are interested in supporting this effort, contact Katie Havens, Development Manager, or Jean-Louis Ecochard, Chief Innovation Officer of The Center for the Digital Nonprofit. To date, The Center has developed these tools and resources which are available to all nonprofits.

Digital Nonprofit Ability (DNA) Assessment

In November 2017, NetHope launched the Digital Nonprofit Ability™ (DNA) Assessment. We use that information in multiple ways – from prioritizing next steps for The Center for the Digital Nonprofit, to providing members with invaluable feedback and guidance to inform their digital transformation journeys. The 2018 Digital Nonprofit Ability™ (DNA) assessment is closed. Individual analysis and advice have been sent to each survey respondent. The state of the sector is represented in the Digital Nonprofit Ability™ Assessment Whitepaper.

Digital Skills Framework for the Nonprofit (DSFW)

Published in October of 2017, the Digital Skills Framework provides an organized way to better understand new ways of doing good in our increasingly digital world. Developed for NetHope, the DSFW is based on research into technology trends, existing frameworks, and digital skills needed for success, both now and in the future. There are six pillars within the framework: Technical Literacy, Highly Adaptive Collaboration, Complex Problem Solving, Digital Responsibility, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Creativity and Innovation. This framework serves as a guidepost for our skills initiative.

Digital Nonprofit Skills (DNS) Assessment
In the spring of 2018, NetHope partnered with Humentum to create an assessment measuring the digital skills in our respective member organization via the Digital Nonprofit Skills (DNS) Assessment. With over 330 responses from 49 different nonprofits, the results of this assessment were presented at the annual Humentum conference, the NetHope Summit, and reported in The Digital Nonprofit Skills™ Assessment white paper and avaiable on the DNS Assessment Results page.

DSFW Library
The Digital Skills Framework Library provides our members with tools and resources to start the process of understanding the underlying skills within the framework and to take steps within their own organizations to build those skills. This effort is a continual work in process, with more to come as we actively solicit your input and review to make it even more relevant in the future. 

Customized workshops for each of The Digital Skills Framework categories are under development - presentation materials are available here.

The Imagine, Design, Execute and Assess (IDEA) Journey

To help members navigate their digital journey, NetHope created The Imagine, Design, Execute, and Assess™ (IDEA) Journey. It documents experience of 15 member organization going through the D3 (Dream Design Deliver) process sponsored by Microsoft. Five members went through the dream stage in 2018 and are now embarking on their own design stages. With support from Microsoft and our consultancy/implementation partners (ADP, AKA, Avanade, Revel, and Wipfli) this year, another 10 NetHope members are embarking on their own IDEA/D3 journey!! The Center has published the Dream Books produced from each of these Dreams sessions. 

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Transform your organizations’ personnel, and guide your talent management strategy into the digital age with this collection of tools created specifically for the NGO sector personnel; you will see us refer to this as the “people” pillar of the Center for the Digital Nonprofit.


Explore best practices for organizational processes and benchmarking. For the first time ever, track your digital progress alongside your NGO peers. 


Learn from your NGO peers about the most effective, readily-available technologies and how to implement them into your organization's digital strategy.

Microsoft has joined the initiative to scale impact as founding partner.

Okta has joined the initiative to scale impact as founding partner. has joined the initiative to scale impact as founding partner.

Avanade has joined the initiative to scale impact as founding partner. has joined the initiative to scale impact as founding partner.

(Founders listed in the order in which they joined the Center)

For easy access to the various Center for the Digital Nonprofit content:
Start | Overview | DNA Assessment | DNS Assessment | Content
People | Process | TechnologyResources

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