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THE IMPACT LEAK - Digital Transformation

Updated: Jan 31

What impacts the good we do?

Canada’s nonprofit sector has been slow to adopt digital transformation.

The Stanford Social Innovation Review indicated this need for Canada’s philanthropic sector (funders) to tech-up more than 3 years ago. Anil Patel wrote authoritatively on the need to improve grant making because “the process of applying for and reporting on grants remains very time-consuming and labor-intensive.” (See PEAK Grantmaking, Project Streamline report for more information) There isn’t a funder, nor a nonprofit, alive that would argue this point. And as for nonprofits themselves, few are using technology to assist in their grant search and submissions, although there are several platforms that can scan and search all funding opportunities in the country. Why are individual staff members spending time searching for opportunities when technology can do it more quickly and accurately? Other countries' charitable sectors have seen the light.

51% of the surveyed health and human services organizations (including public, private and voluntary/non-profit) in India increased their use of digital technologies during the pandemic. 74% of respondents in India reported that digital technologies and data solutions have increased staff productivity. 75% reported that digital solutions have been effective in delivering better outcomes for patients and service users.” Business World Magazine

Better outcomes for those we serve, less staff time for nonprofits, less administration and management for funders. Digital transformation of Canada’s nonprofit sector is a necessity

– for all of us. And if you needed further convincing, this infographic by Ignite Digital makes the benefits abundantly clear.

Infographic titled “Digital Transformation in Charities and Nonprofits” Describes the positive outcomes experienced by nonprofits.

Find the full infographic at

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Written By Tina Crouse

Tina Crouse is the CEO of, a tech4good social enterprise on a mission to strengthen the nonprofit sector. Tina's career has spanned more than 2 decades in the charitable sector with a specialty in grant development.  She has created a number of ‘firsts’ in Canada and has worked at 3 tech companies, heading up 2 social enterprises.

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