What does 2024 hold for technology and data in the non-profit sector?

Why It Matters

In a time of fast-moving technological changes and increased policymaking driven by data, non-profits need to know where to invest their resources – whether in new technology or professional development.

211 Ontario’s newest director to focus on bringing databases and staff together

Why It Matters

While many organizations might now be collecting data and understanding the importance of evidence-based advocacy, they might still not have the internal capacity to analyze and strategize using that data.

Non-profit AI data tool helping cities predict urban heating effects

Why It Matters

Applying predictive models and machine learning to a dataset can help municipal governments understand where to direct funding for urban cooling infrastructure. However, developing and maintaining the appropriate digital tools can be challenging.

The City of Montreal is establishing data partnerships with community organizations - are they ready?

Why It Matters

Data sharing and interoperability can provide a more robust view of a community and specific wellness / prosperity indicators. However, it also risks breaching the privacy and trust of community members who have not consented to having their data used this way. Data governance frameworks ensure that all organizations collecting and sharing data between them are doing so with the common good in mind.

Non-profits are increasingly gathering equity data on the communities they serve – but what about their own staff?

Why It Matters

Internal data collection is one way for social purpose organizations to become more inclusive and accommodating — something that can improve their overall impact in the communities they serve. But the process isn’t without pitfalls. Responsible data collection requires careful planning and a trauma-informed approach.