“Organizations are fearless, but funders are not,” when it comes to the digital transformation: report

Non-profits and charities are doing their best to adapt digitally, experts say – why aren’t their funders doing the same?

Why It Matters

Many funders in Canada are well aware of the need for a sector-wide digital transformation; still, their lack of knowledge on digital issues means that they aren’t funding digital projects for nonprofits and charities that are trying to serve their communities in an increasingly digital world.

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When Maureen James started at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) about four years ago, she was in charge of the granting program, and it didn’t take long for her to notice the gaps in digital funding. 

“I started to look around and realized there were very few other funders in this space that weren’t government,” she says. “Other organizations that have money to give away, or to help the social impact sector do its work were not funding anything digital, not explicitly digital.”

Four years later, the situation for digital funding hasn’t changed mu

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