Is a social sector-wide tech upgrade possible? Leaders weigh in

Technology can make social impact work more efficient, more community-informed, and more innovative, but not without the right kind of funding

Why It Matters

A vast majority of social impact organizations moved most or all of their work online in a matter of days back in March, and many are still struggling to adapt. It’s clear by now that the move to digital isn’t a temporary blip, so the sector needs a tech upgrade — quickly. And the funding to power it.

Coverage of this topic is made possible by IBM Canada. 

Back in March, seemingly overnight, tens of thousands of social impact organizations migrated all of their work online as their teams scrambled to catch up. 

For an already resource-strapped sector, a fundamental shift like this one is almost unmanageable — and wholly unmanageable for some, who’ve had to close their doors or dramatically downsize. Simply put: the sector wasn’t prepared. 

What will it take, now, to bring the social impact world up to speed and enable it to thrive in a post-pandemic, digital society? 

In partnership with IBM Canada, United Way Centraide Canada, and Community Foundations of Canada, Future of Good hosted a #BuildBackBetter digital conversation to answer that very question. Four speakers shared why tech and data are critical tools for post-pandemic


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