Nonprofit Tech Funding

Funding technology initiatives can be challenging for many organizations, particularly those that are nonprofit or at the grassroots level. Fortunately, there are a variety of programs and resources available to help assist with nonprofit technology funding needs. The list below provides a good starting point for those seeking assistance, although it is by no means exhaustive.

General Resources

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center provides grantseekers with information about foundations and the grantseeking process; their website includes a Foundation Finder directory for researching grantmaker foundations as well as funding prospect worksheets and other tools.

Network for Good - Technology Funding
An ePhilanthropy portal dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations further their mission by integrating the full power of the online medium into their own operations such as fundraising, recruitment, and advocacy.

Summit Collaborative - Funding ICT Strategy, Tools and Use
Summit Collaborative has published a number of articles and guides related to technology funding among nonprofits.

TechSoup.org - Funding
Popular website dedicated to nonprofit technology. TechSoup's funding section includes a variety of articles on funding nonprofit technology.

Grant Providers

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dedicated to improving people's lives by sharing advances in health and learning with the global community. The foundation funds initiatives for global health, education, and public libraries.

IBM Grant Programs
Initiatives to address specific societal issues, such as the environment, community economic development, education, health, literacy, language and culture.

Google Grants
Google Grants is a unique in-kind advertising program that harnesses the power of Google's flagship advertising product, Google AdWords, to nonprofits seeking to inform and engage their constituents online.

The Progressive Technology Project
Technical assistance and funding to develop the capacity of grassroots organizations for using information technology to strengthen social change efforts.

Verizon Foundation
The Verizon foundation supports programs that create innovative eSolutions, help bridge the digital divide, foster basic and computer literacy, help enrich our communities, and create a skilled workforce. The Foundation's top Funding Priorities are: Literacy, Community Technology Development, Workforce Development, and Employee Volunteerism. We look to support funding priorities with technology elements in Literacy, Community Technology Development, and Workforce Development.