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Digital Impact Grants

Multi-quarter part-time
Technology & Engineering

Digital Impact is an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS). We work to improve the digital infrastructure for civil society and help social sector practitioners and policymakers use digital resources safely, ethically, and effectively. Digital Impact is made possible with the ongoing support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the progressive financial firm Liquidnet, and Knight Foundation.

Digital Impact Grants launched in 2016 to support research and sector-wide strategies to strengthen the safe, ethical and effective use of digital resources in civil society, and to support better data-informed decision making in philanthropy (particularly individual giving) and in the social sector writ large.

Grants are awarded for two types of projects: scholarly research and sector advancement. We aim to support research, prototypes, and shared learning that can help donors and social sector organizations use digital data safely, ethically, and effectively to improve their work.

Digital Impact is committed to supporting cohorts of grantees and connecting them to the broader Digital Impact and Digital Civil Society Lab communities. We hope that the availability of these funds will help spark other funding in this area and inform the field of new ideas and efforts focused on using digital data well.


Research grants will be made to faculty or graduate students at universities in the United States and abroad.

Priority will be given to research projects with either a demonstrated commitment to practical applications in the social sector or those that clearly articulate a plan to turn their research into practical knowledge.



Open To

Graduate Students

Offered By

Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
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