Town Hall Meeting: Digital Skillsets for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit Leaders

Tuesday,  June 18, 1 – 2 PM Eastern

Why do digital skillsets among nonprofit leaders matter for foundations? And what can funders do to build a tech-savvy sector?

Nonprofit leaders need to direct technology strategy, hire and oversee technology staff and consultants, protect their organizations from security and privacy threats, and use data to drive organizational effectiveness. Together, let’s explore how leaders’ knowledge and attitudes toward technology affect the success of their organizations or their ability to take advantage of technology tools for innovation.

Through a series of expert interviews and case studies, Idealware researched the set of core competencies that define digital skillsets for nonprofit leaders, and, more broadly, why digital skillsets matter. We published our findings in a white paper, Digital Skillsets: An Imperative for Today’s Nonprofit Leaders.

In this town hall meeting, we invite foundation leaders and program officers to explore the research findings with us through a capacity building lens. Please join us for a brief overview of the research, followed by a community discussion about what this means for grantmaking and leadership development in the nonprofit sector.


Karen Graham, Head of Idealware and Director of Education & Outreach, Tech Impact

Karen is a sought-after speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant with expertise in technology leadership and innovation, nonprofit software, and digital strategy. As Tech Impact’s Education and Outreach Director she leads the team of Idealware researchers, presenters, and writers who create technology information resources designed to help nonprofit leaders put their vision into action. Her past experience includes leading the technology learning and networking programs at MAP for Nonprofits, helping the startup thedatabank transform into a thriving software company, and various roles in arts and human services organizations. Participants in Karen’s training courses describe her as warm, engaging, and frequently mention that she leads some of the most interactive workshops they’ve ever attended. She holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas.

Patrick Callihan, Executive Director, Tech Impact

Patrick Callihan is the executive director of Tech Impact, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world. Since joining in 2008, Patrick has grown the organization by expanding technology capacity-building services designed for nonprofits and adding workforce development programs that directly impact several communities. Highlights include the development of national, cloud-based computing service offerings, designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, and workforce development programs that benefit disenfranchised youth. Patrick serves on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware and is a volunteer for the Delaware Division of the Arts. He also teaches a nonprofit technology course as part of a public policy certificate course at the University of Delaware. His background includes over 30 years of technology leadership and operations management.

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