Pro Bono Tech

For Nonprofits

In today’s increasingly digitized world, nonprofits understand that they need to invest in technology to increase their effectiveness and scale their impact. At Civic Innovation Lab, we acknowledge that while nonprofits have tremendous vision and subject matter expertise, they may lack robust digital teams that can push through complex projects related to using and building technology. To fill this gap, the Pro Bono Tech program brings together teams of experienced digital professionals to work with organizations on a clearly scoped and facilitated project.

Grow Your Impact

The impact of Pro Bono Tech teams extends far beyond the dollar value of the services provided by our volunteers:

  • CRM and case management systems cut down on labor time and create a better service experience;
  • Social media and marketing campaigns drive awareness and donation dollars;
  • Data analysis and data visualization tools help nonprofits tell their story and inform public policy decisions;
  • Nonprofit professionals, who actively collaborate with our pro bono teams, are exposed to new approaches and tools, and develop skills they can incorporate in their daily work.

Change The Way You Approach & Implement Tech

In addition to helping nonprofits overcome budget shortfalls to take on key operational objectives, our teams offer nonprofit professionals an opportunity to improve digital literacy and digital strategy at the organizational level so they can make better decisions around technology going forward. Among our nonprofit pilot partners, 100% said the Pro Bono Tech program improved their understanding for how technology can impact their organization.

How It Works

2 weeks

During discovery, we work alongside you to determine your organization’s needs and goals. This involves a number of conversations between your team, Civic Innovation Lab, and a pro bono Product Manager. Together, we will choose a digital challenge for the Pro Bono Tech team to solve.

Time Commitment
2 hours/week

6 weeks

In addition to the Product Manager, we’ll recruit a multidisciplinary team to work with you during project execution. You’ll meet with the team several times throughout the program, and they’ll use their expertise to tackle your challenge. You’ll also have a chance to meet the other teams and nonprofits participating in the program to exchange learnings, best practices, and spark new ideas.

Time Commitment
3-5 hours/week

2 weeks

While we regularly check-in and evaluate progress throughout the project execution phase, we also conduct a more formal evaluation after you’ve received all deliverables. We’ll evaluate both the impact of the specific deliverables on your organization and open the floor to feedback for how we can improve the Pro Bono Tech program.

Time Commitment
1 hour/week