22NTC Session Proposal

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

Submitted by: Beth Kanter 🔵


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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Session Type

60 minute session

Target Audience

Nonprofits that want deeper understanding of ai benefits and risks