Nonprofit Tech Readiness for Jewish Agencies


Even before COVID-19, technology was changing the way that every nonprofit pursued its mission. For many, the global pandemic has forced an acceleration of those changes. The Jewish Federations of North America, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, and other Jewish agencies are working with an increase in community needs and new challenges in how programs and services can operate. NTEN is privileged to offer Nonprofit Tech Readiness (NTR) cohorts for staff in these organizations as they strategically navigate digital challenges and opportunities. Special appreciation is extended to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for their generous funding support for this program.

NTR is a six-month cohort program for 20 staff of eligible Jewish agencies and organizations. Participating staff can be from any discipline, professional position, or organizational department who want to gain new skills, build capacity for their agency, and receive dedicated coaching on the most urgent technology needs. Our goal is to elevate technology capacity significantly by strengthening participants’ knowledge of best practices for technology planning, budgeting, decision-making, and more while supporting each participant in advancing a technology project specific to their organization.

Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort close on March 7, 2022.

Information about applications for future cohorts, including dates for applications, will be posted here later in 2022.

Community call

We hosted a community call on February 22 for grantees to learn about the program.

How it works

NTR combines online educational sessions and leadership development. Participants learn from nonprofit technology experts and receive guidance and training to support technology projects at their organizations. The educational sessions reflect the major departmental areas across an organization. This comprehensive training provides every participant, regardless of their current job, a full view of best practices, strategic decision-making processes, and knowledge for managing technologies in all areas of an organization.

Nonprofit Technology Conference — March 23–25, 2022
All cohort participants are provided with free full registration to NTEN’s 22NTC virtual conference. There are no required sessions, but participants find the NTC’s energy and the many opportunities for jump-starting their learning to be of high value.

NTR Orientation — April 2022
Program orientation via web conference to answer questions, check everyone’s online access and account settings, and provide detailed information about the 6-month calendar.

Cohort Sessions — April–September 2022
During the six-month cohort, participants engage in a variety of learning and coaching activities. NTR includes:

  • Live Event Educational Series (months 1–5): a series of training sessions that cover the core competencies of technology planning, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation across an organization.
  • Self-Paced Training Series (months 3–6): a series of self-paced sessions that cover additional competencies related to the topical focus of the cohort and best-practices.
  • Workshops (months 4–6): dedicated working sessions to provide skill-building and networking while helping you advance your technology project planning.
  • Leadership Development(months 3–6): facilitated process to coach you in providing project feedback, practicing, and modeling experiences you can replicate in your organizations.
  • Technology Projects (months 1–6): coaching and support for your unique project that will make a critical and lasting impact on your programs, including direct support on project planning, culture change, and a successful path for implementation.
  • Open Office Hours (months 1–6): Drop-in opportunities to get direct support.
A timeline showing the phases of the six-month cohort as listed in the bulleted list above.

Culmination Celebration — October 2022
Participants are invited to celebrate all that they have learned and worked on during the cohort, along with colleagues, board members, program contributors and coaches, and more. This virtual celebration includes inspiring guest speakers as well as time for participants to share their achievements.


The following are general topics covered during NTR. The final list varies as it’s tailored to each cohort’s needs. Additionally, new courses will be woven into the curriculum as they become available.

  • IT Planning and Assessment.
  • Using Tech to Streamline Operations.
  • Digital Success for Nonprofits.
  • Design Tools for Non-designers.
  • Racial Equity and Tech Planning.
  • Foundations for Successful Remote and Distributed Teams.
  • IT Security Fundamentals.
  • Leading with Technology Road Maps.

Time Commitment

NTR is a six-month program. Participants should anticipate 8–10 hours per month of program-related work.


These NTR cohorts are open to any staff person in a U.S.-based organization or agency that is a member of The Jewish Federations of North America, The Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies, or a grantee in The Weinberg Foundation’s Jewish portfolio. Board members and volunteers are not eligible to participate as the lead participant, but can join optional workshops or coaching sessions as applicable. If you have any questions about your eligibility, email


NTR is provided to participants free of charge. The largest investment comes from participants of their time and by their organizations supporting staff with the time to participate fully.

Additional Resources

In addition to the coaching, training, and support provided as part of the NTR cohort, participants receive:

  • Access to all courses required to earn NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate for free if they choose to pursue a certificate.
  • Continued access to all materials after the program is complete and continued access to the dedicated online community space.
  • Opportunities for including colleagues in workshops and coaching sessions.
  • Opportunity to receive continued coaching after the cohort concludes.
  • Opportunity to apply for capitalizable expenses related to selected technology project.


If you want to preview the application questions or prepare responses before beginning the online form, you can download the PDF of the application.

Applications for the 2022 Spring cohort closed on March 7, 2022. Application deadlines for future cohorts will be announced in the summer of 2022.