Generously funded by the Annenberg Foundation.
About the cohort
We are experiencing a new Los Angeles, one defined by extraordinary growth and a record number of start-up technology companies. The Annenberg Foundation is partnering with this growing tech sector to bring technology capacity-building to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Los Angeles Region through the Alchemy pilot program.
Since 2006, the Annenberg Foundation has provided capacity-building and leadership training programs for nonprofit leaders from small to midsize nonprofits through its Alchemy program. Over the past 16 years, Annenberg Alchemy has evolved to meet the needs of the nonprofit sector. Today, technology is transforming how we all live and work, and nonprofit leaders must understand how to effectively use technology to advance their mission. In realizing the size and scope of technology challenges facing nonprofit organizations, the Annenberg Foundation, in partnership with NTEN, offers this program focused exclusively on technology capacity building for nonprofits in the Greater Los Angeles Region.
Annenberg Alchemy Tech is a six-month, regionally based program for staff in Annenberg Alchemy alumni who wish to strengthen their knowledge of technology best practices and move forward on a specific technology project that they identify through guidance and strategic feedback during the program.
Alchemy Tech 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.
Watch the captioned video of the August 18, 2022, community call for an overview of Nonprofit Tech Readiness, participant expectations, and the time commitment. Or, view the slide deck.
Plan for a six-month time commitment, with 8–10 hours per month for program work.
Ask questions and explore the online learning and community space.
October 2022–March 2023
Take part in educational and mentorship activities.
Celebrate achievements and hear from inspiring guest speakers.
April 12–14, 2023
Attend the Nonprofit Technology Conference for free. As a cohort participant, your registration and travel costs are covered by the Annenberg Foundation.
You'll be supported as you move your customized technology project from the idea stage to a full-blown action plan and get the guidance you need to implement the project.
Advice and mentorship, including help with successful planning, culture change, and implementation.
Open office hours
Drop-in opportunities to get direct support.
Live educational series
Training sessions that cover the core competencies of technology planning, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation.
Self-paced educational series
Sessions that cover other competencies and best practices.
Facilitated process for discussing feedback and practicing and modeling experiences you can replicate at your organization.
Working sessions to build your project planning skills and develop connections with your peers.
The curriculum is tailored to the cohort's needs, and new courses are added as available. Topics include:
- 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.
You'll get free enrollment in NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate. After the cohort ends, you'll also continue to have access to the materials and online community space.
Apply for the cohort
Applications for the 2022 fall cohort closed September 9, 2022. We'll announce application dates for future cohorts in 2023.
Who should apply
Annenberg grantees and Alchemy Alumni who are interested in practical and tangible technology training and are located in the five-county region of Greater Los Angeles. The five counties are Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernardino.
Applicants should be staff responsible for advancing and implementing a technology project at their organization. Board members and volunteers are not eligible. If you have any questions about your eligibility, email us.