21NTC Session

AI, Algorithms & Data: The Benefits & Risks for Nonprofits

This is a resubmission of an accepted 20NTC session proposal.


For the last two years, we have been studying the ways AI is being to advance social change efforts. In particular, we recently released a study supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (http://www.ai4giving.org) on using AI to expand giving and philanthropy.  Using AI well creates an opportunity to scale the impact of program delivery with limited resources, and engage with technology companies as partners to solve big problems.

We will provide an overview of the AI toolset, how and when it works best to advance organizational efforts. We will also highlight the technical and ethical challenges of using AI. For instance, enormous, clean data sets are needed and they generally don’t exist for most NGOs, transparency and accountability about how data are being used is essential, and, perhaps most importantly, staffs need to control the technology and not the other way around.

Session Type

60 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand impact of AI use cases for nonprofits
  • Discuss ethical and data issues
  • An overview of participatory AI methods

Target Audience

Nonprofits that want deeper understanding of ai benefits and risks


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Beth Kanter

Author, Virtual Facilitator, and Trainer

Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter is an internationally recognized thought leader in digital transformation and wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company, she has over three decades of experience in designing and delivering training and capacity-building programs for nonprofits and foundations. As a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop leader, she has presented at nonprofit conferences on every inhabited continent of the world to thousands of nonprofits.

Allison Fine

Sr. Advisor, Strategy & Revenue

Possibility Labs

Allison is among the nation’s pre-eminent thinkers and strategists for using technology for social good. She has written and co-authored three books on the subject including The Networked Nonprofit with Beth Kanter. They recently co-authored Unlocking Generosity with Artificial Intelligence funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and released in August 2020. Allison was the chair of the national board of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, and a founding board member of Civic Hall Labs.



March 24, 2021


8:30am – 9:30am