New Study Asks Why So Few Black Men Pursue Careers in Information Technology

Black men are heavy users of mobile technology, so why are they not pursuing careers in this field? This is the question that researchers at Pennsylvania State are investigating with a grant they received from the National Science Foundation as reported by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. Lynette Kvasny and Eileen Trauth, both professors of information sciences and …

Kapors: Oakland as the Next Tech Frontier?

Hot off the press! This past Friday, The San Francisco Business Times released a pretty great article about the Kapors and their perspective on our recent move to Oakland. A subscription is needed to read the entire article, but here’s a taste: When famed technology titan and philanthropist Mitch Kapor looks at Oakland, he remembers South of Market in San …

2012 Info Tech for Social Impact Grants

Citizen Engagement Lab Education Fund Berkeley, CA $20,000 for general support. Code for America Oakland, CA $30,000 for general support. Common Counsel Foundation Oakland, CA $10,000 for Grassroots Exchange Fund. Voto Latino, Inc. Washington, DC $20,000 for general support. League of Young Voters Education Fund Brooklyn, NY $5,000 for mobile technology reporting and planning. Oakland Rising Oakland, CA $50,000 for …

Aspiration Sponsors California Nonprofit Tech Festival – 9/27-28, 2012

Aspiration and statewide community partners are excited to announce the first-ever California Nonprofit Tech Festival.  The event will bring together nonprofit staff and social justice activists who have interest and passion around technology for social change.  Generously funded by the California Consumer Protection Foundation, this community-focused two-day event will be held in Fresno, California, on September 27th  and 28th from …

Free Foundation Center Event: Nonprofit CRM Roundtable – 9/25

The Foundation Center is hosting a free program to educate nonprofits who are looking for help in selecting a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Find more details about the event below. Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Location:  The Foundation Center-San Francisco 312 Sutter Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94108

Lessons for Budding Entrepreneurs

Last Thursday, September 6, the Kapor Foundation team had the pleasure of attending the Ideas Are Worthless Conference hosted by Black Founders Startup Ventures.  The purpose of the conference was to “connect, educate, and equip” attendees towards putting their ideas into action. Topics covered included customer development, startup fundraising, and technical talent recruitment.  We attended the conference to inform the …

Free Mobile App to Help Youth Succeed at Community College – Try It Out!

I recently stumbled upon an article that mentioned a new mobile application that’s being tested here in the Bay Area.  Inspired by its mission to increase completion rates among community college students in the U.S., GradGears recently released GradGuru for the iPhone and iPod Touch. GradGuru is a free mobile application that helps community college students keep track of campus-specific …

Adopting New Technologies: Pitfalls and Tips for Nonprofits

The conversation about how nonprofit organizations can become tech innovators and use new technologies to enhance their work of serving the social good continues to grow. In a recent article published by The Nonprofit Quarterly, John Hoffman, Director of Business Development at ZeroDivide, points out the problem: Organizations confuse technology for technology’s sake with community-based innovation. These technology missteps are …

If a Tree Falls in the Social Media Forest…

Hmmm. This is interesting. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)  has just released a report, Grantees’ Limited Engagement with Foundations’ Social Media, saying that “only 16% of grantees surveyed report using social media created by funders or their staff.” Last year CEP surveyed more than 6,000 nonprofits about their experiences with one of the 34 foundations in this study. The …