Why are we running this project?

Where people act with conviction and passion in the interests of society, they often break new ground and find creative solutions to social challenges. However, many civil society organizations lack the knowledge and resources to pursue their goals more effectively. This is particularly true of digital change. Many organizations are not in a position yet, or only to a very limited extent, to take advantage of the opportunities of digitalization effectively in their work.

It is such organizations that we want to strengthen in a targeted and sustainable manner to enable them to take a strategic approach to digitalization.

What are our goals?

Selected topic owners are invited to develop and implement a digital strategy for their organizations. In doing so, they hone their skills, particularly in strategy development and implementation planning, and increase their knowledge of key aspects of digitalization and their relevance for their own organization. Ultimately, the digital strategy developed should allow the organizations to pursue their goals more effectively.

At the same time, the program aims to inspire other civil society organizations and support them in developing their own digital strategies.    

How does the project work?

14 selected topic owners and their organizations undergo a twelve-month development program in which they develop their own digital strategy. Professional consultants support them in carrying out their analysis, strategy development, and implementation planning. They also receive customized professional training. Project participants exchange information at peer-to-peer and networking meetings. In addition, the respective organizations can apply for a small budget to implement planned activities.

There will be two calls for application: The next one is expected to open in June 2019 and the following one in mid-2020. Unsolicited applications for admission to the network are not possible.

Who are the target groups?

The project is aimed at representatives of non-profit organizations planning to strengthen their impact through a digital strategy.

Where is the project run?

The project is run in Germany.

Who organizes and supports the project?

The project is run by the Akademie für Ehrenamtlichkeit, Germany’s national center of excellence for volunteer management and quality development in volunteering. It is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung as well as the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. ZiviZ, a charitable company that specializes in providing data on civil society in Germany, is providing scientific support for the project.