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Civic Engagement and Social Justice cohort

This Nonprofit Tech Readiness cohort, limited to 20 people, gives participants an opportunity to ramp up their technology leadership and planning skills.

Generously funded by the Ford Foundation.

About the cohort

Even before COVID–19, technology was changing the way that every nonprofit pursued its mission. The global pandemic has forced many to accelerate those changes.

NTEN and the Ford Foundation have seen the immediate impact of COVID–19 on the sector, with organizations making technology decisions amidst significant uncertainty. That's why we've partnered on Nonprofit Tech Readiness cohorts to help the foundation's Civic Engagement and Government program grantees become more effective technology leaders and planners.

This six-month cohort program is a unique opportunity for grantees looking to integrate disparate systems, increase security, or create an inclusive IT roadmap. Cohort participants will emerge fully prepared to implement technology solutions that will bring about meaningful change in their organizations and in their communities. Previous NTR participants have had a diversity of technology projects, from developing their organization’s IT roadmap to securing internal systems, migrating databases to identifying new client management systems, and more.

Community Call

Watch the August 15 community call for an overview of the NTR program, participant expectations, and time commitment. The video is captioned, and the slide deck is available to view.


Plan for a six-month time commitment, with 8–10 hours per month for program work.

October 2022
Ask questions and explore the online learning and community space.

October 2022 – March 2023
Take part in educational and mentorship activities.

April 2023
Celebrate achievements and hear from inspiring guest speakers.

April 11–14, 2023
Attend the 2023 Nonprofit Technology Conference online or in person in Denver, Colorado, for free.


You'll be supported as you move your customized technology project from the idea stage to a full-blown action plan, and get the guidance you need to implement the project. You do not need to have a project decided or in mind when you start.

Technology projects
Advice and mentorship, including help with successful planning, culture change, and implementation.

Open office hours
Drop-in opportunities to get direct support.

Live educational series
Training sessions that cover the core competencies of technology planning, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation.

Self-paced educational series
Sessions that cover other competencies and best practices.

Leadership development
Facilitated process for discussing feedback and practicing and modeling experiences you can replicate at your organization.

Interactive workshops
Working sessions to build your project planning skills and develop connections with your peers.


The curriculum is tailored to the cohort's needs, and new courses are added as available. Topics include:

  • Emerging tech trends and their impact on social good.
  • Using tech to streamline operations.
  • Digital success for nonprofits.
  • Design tools for non-designers.
  • Basics of equitable program design.
  • Campaign planning.
  • IT planning and assessment.
  • Leading with technology roadmaps.
  • Technology project planning and design.
  • Personas and journey mapping.

Additional benefits

You'll get free enrollment in NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate. After the cohort ends, you'll also continue to have access to the materials and online community space.

Thanks to Ford Foundation, participants who complete the cohort are eligible for additional cash awards to advance their technology project.

Apply for the cohort

Who should apply

Applications closed on September 9, 2022.

Nonprofit staff at grantees of the Ford Foundation's Civic Engagement and Government program interested in practical, tangible technology training are welcome to apply. Applicants should be staff in any role responsible for advancing and implementing a technology project at their organization. Board members and volunteers are not eligible. The cohort is limited to 20 people.

Applications for the 2022 Fall cohort closed on September 9, 2022. Application dates for future cohorts will be updated in 2023.

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