Sponsors & Supporters

The Digital Inclusion Fellowship, now in its fourth year, envisions a world where all people have a computer and internet connection at home that they can use to meet their goals.

The Fellowship builds the capacity of nonprofits to deploy digital literacy programs that are responsive to community needs and in line with the organization’s strategic vision and mission. This model allows Fellows to leverage existing organizational resources, contacts, partners, and community trust, and position digital literacy initiatives sustainably.

With support from NTEN, Fellows are able to pilot and implement programs quickly without needing to reinvent the wheel. By providing training and connections to a national network of experts, the Fellowship program supports local leaders in creating and building the most effective programs that best serve their communities.

“Thank you for the opportunity to work with a national cohort on digital inclusion! This year has helped me develop both professionally and academically. Working with NTEN staff, other fellows, and other digital inclusion professionals has helped me to elevate the digital inclusion conversation in my city and create a permanent digital inclusion position in my organization.” —Cohort 2 Fellow

Become a Sponsor

NTEN’s goal is to continue to expand the impact of this program, and we are interested in working with sponsors and partners whose goals align with ours.  Read on to learn more about sponsorship options, program accomplishments, previous sponsors and supporters, and timeline. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please email dif@nten.org.

Sponsorship Options

Digital Inclusion Fellows - National Cohort
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$400,000

Support 20 Fellows nationally to launch and sustain digital literacy programs

NTEN’s Digital Inclusion Fellows work in their local communities to provide critical digital skills to individuals affected by digital divides. A national cohort will train 5,000 to 15,000 community members and provide nearly 40,000 hours of instruction depending on geographic location and project. The sponsorship covers everything from educational programs and the orientation program in Portland, Oregon to ongoing project planning and program design support, reporting, access to experts, and direct coaching.

Program sponsors can specify the location of Fellows to be supported and will have opportunities to collaborate with local Fellows, access program outcomes data, and participate in trainings. Sponsors will also be recognized on the website, in an end-of-year publication showcasing program impact, additional program materials and media coverage, and at the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Digital Inclusion Fellows - Half Cohort
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$200,000

Support 10 Fellows regionally to launch and sustain digital literacy programs

NTEN’s Digital Inclusion Fellows work in their local communities to provide critical digital skills to individuals affected by digital divides. A regional cohort will train 2,500 to 7,500 community members and provide nearly 20,000 hours of instruction depending on geographic location and project. The sponsorship covers everything from educational programs and the orientation program in Portland, Oregon to ongoing project planning and program design support, reporting, access to experts, and direct coaching.

Program sponsors can specify the location of Fellows to be supported and have opportunities to collaborate with local Fellows, access program outcomes data, and participate in trainings. Sponsors will also be recognized on the website, in an end-of-year publication showcasing program impact, additional program materials and media coverage, and at the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference.

National Fellowship Summit
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$90,000

Bring entire cohort of Fellows together to learn and share experiences

A summit will bring together all 20 Fellows once they are implementing programs and learning what works, what doesn’t, and how to improve. The summit may be a standalone event or held as the continuation of a relevant conference, and sponsors would be welcome to provide input on program content, as well as potentially participate themselves.

Fellows in One City
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$60,000

Support three Fellows in a specific city to launch and sustain digital literacy programs

NTEN’s Digital Inclusion Fellows work in their local communities to provide critical digital skills to individuals affected by digital divides. A group of three Fellows will train 1,500 to 3,000 community members and provide nearly 6,000 hours of instruction depending on geographic location and project. The sponsorship covers everything from educational programs and the orientation program in Portland, Oregon to ongoing project planning and program design support, reporting, access to experts, and direct coaching.

Program sponsors can specify the city, and recommend organizations that should participate in the Fellowship. Sponsors will have opportunities to collaborate with local Fellows, access program outcomes data, and participate in trainings. Sponsors will also be recognized on the website, in an end-of-year publication showcasing program impact, additional program materials and media coverage, and at the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Regional Fellow Summit
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$40,000

Bring Fellows together from one region to learn and share experiences

A regional summit will bring together around 10 Fellows working in a specific region of the US. Once they have launched their programs, they’ll convene to discuss common challenges, share successes, learn from experts, and receive support from program staff. Sponsors would be welcome to provide input on program content, as well as potentially participate themselves.

Digital Inclusion Fellow
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$20,000

Sponsor one Fellow for a year to launch and sustain digital literacy programming

NTEN’s Digital Inclusion Fellows work in their local communities to provide critical digital skills to individuals affected by digital divides. An individual Fellow will train 300 to 1,000 community members and provide nearly 2,000 hours of instruction depending on geographic location and project. The sponsorship covers everything from educational programs and the orientation program in Portland, Oregon to ongoing project planning and program design support, reporting, access to experts, and direct coaching.

Program sponsors can identify the location of Fellow to be supported and have opportunities to collaborate with local Fellows, access program outcomes data, and participate in trainings. Sponsors will also be recognized on the website, in an end-of-year publication showcasing program impact, additional program materials and media coverage, and at the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference.

White Paper
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$12,000

Share information on a digital inclusion topic with the NTEN community

NTEN will work with the sponsor to produce a white paper (two to four pages) on a topic relevant to the digital inclusion community. The white paper would include the sponsor’s logo and a short bio, plus the forward would be jointly presented by NTEN and the sponsor, demonstrating the sponsor’s leadership in this field. The sponsor logo and recognition will appear on the white paper itself, blog post announcement (which will also appear on the front page of the NTEN.org site for at least one day and for months on NTEN’s Reports page, with approximately 6,000 annual visitors), and in an email to a community of over 27,000. We will also make efforts to thank the sponsor in our social media posts, where space allows.

Courses & Webinars
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$10,000

Support great educational content for Fellows and the community

Our Digital Inclusion Fellows participate in five courses and five webinars during the Fellowship year, all of which are also open to the public. Yearlong sponsorship of our webinars and courses includes branding on the course or webinar landing page, intro slide during live event, and in related emails and communications.

Fellow Presentation on Digital Inclusion
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$2,000

Give Fellows the opportunity to present their work

Our Fellows love the opportunity to travel to relevant conferences and present their work or participate on panels.  Through this sponsorship, a Fellow will be able to travel to a conference and speak about their experiences leading digital inclusion programs.  Sponsors may select the event and work with NTEN to select the Fellow.

NTEN Advertising (Monthly)
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$1,500

Graphic ad included in Member News email, Connect newsletter email, and on Connect pages for four weeks

The monthly Connect email features resources on the latest nonprofit technology topics and trends from innovators in the field, and goes out to over 27,000 of the most influential leaders in the world of nonprofit technology. It is ranked in the top 20 on Top Nonprofits’ 150 most popular nonprofit blogs. Newsletter content includes case studies, how-tos, tips, and general interest pieces about nonprofit technology.

  • Connect monthly email has over 27,000 subscribers and averages a 20% or higher open rate; Blog pages: Per month, the landing page and article pages get an average of ~12,380 unique sessions and ~9980 visitors.
  • Member News goes out to 4,650 subscribers each month, and averages a 20% open rate and 13% CTR.

Program Highlights

Since the program launch in 2015, NTEN has launched four cohorts, for a total of 60 Fellows, who represented 58 organizations and hundreds of diverse partner institutions. Fellows have served communities in over 20 US cities, they have trained over 16,000 individuals on digital literacy skills, and have provided nearly 100,000 instructional hours.

While training has been the main focus of the program, Fellows have also expanded access to computer labs, updated and translated curriculum, provided information on options for low cost internet access, distributed devices, and built awareness around the importance of digital inclusion.

Fellows have taken leadership roles in their local communities and on a national scale, shining a light on this important issue. They’ve done everything from organizing local digital inclusion coalitions to launching the first annual Digital Inclusion Week and leading local ConnectHome initiatives. Additionally, Fellows have spoken at national conferences, including Net Inclusion and the Nonprofit Technology Conference, where they’ve proven themselves to be digital inclusion experts and leaders.

Throughout the Fellowship, NTEN has worked to highlight the Fellows’ successes and lessons learned through articles and case studies. We’ve also published highlights and data from the second cohort, including powerful success stories, program descriptions, and impact numbers. Additionally, with Fellow and City Host input, NTEN created a Digital Inclusion Toolkit, contributing resources and best practices to the digital inclusion field.

“I am coming to a point where I can see the purpose of my position as a DIF in a deepest and profound way, especially because of the amount of people I have been able to work with and assist during my workshops and presentations to the community. […] Facilitating workshops in technology has been an amazing opportunity for my own development and empowerment through the development and empowerment of others. Thanks for choosing me for this position and believing in my capacities, intentions and willingness to give the best of me everyday as a Digital Inclusion Fellow.” —Naymar Prikhodko, Austin

 

Timeline

Sponsorship is accepted on an ongoing basis. Our most recent group of Fellows (Cohort 4) began their year-long commitment in January 2018. We expect our fifth cohort of Fellows to begin their Fellowship year in the winter of 2019.

“It is an incredible joy to see a student send an email for the first time, a parent checking his son’s grades through the parent portals, or that student passing a section of the GED—all because they garnered the support and training to become more digitally literate. We learn that failure can never be an option when success is the goal. That’s how you change the face of literacy.” —DeAndre Pickett, Atlanta