Civic Hall is launching the Digital Learning Center (DLC) to address the nonprofit digital leadership gap by providing professional development classes and workshops aimed specifically at building the digital, data and technology literacy of New York City nonprofit organizations and their leaders.  

Nonprofit organizations today rely more heavily on technology than ever before, using social media platforms to organize and fundraise, digital tools to refine processes, and data to yield better-targeted outcomes. The NetGain Partnership recognized that:

Public interest organizations and government will not succeed if they do not quickly figure out how to better harness the wave of innovation sweeping the world, and that one key element of that challenge will be to implement more effective strategies for developing and integrating technologists into relevant organizations and projects.

Civic Hall will start the DLC program with pilots in Fall 2018 aimed at serving up to 400 individuals, representing around 100 organizations across the spectrum of nonprofits in New York City.


Apply Now: Curriculum Developers & Instructors  

Civic Hall is currently looking to partner with subject matter experts to help develop appropriate curriculum and teach courses that will address the most pressing nonprofit digital literacy needs. All partners should have direct experience developing curriculum or teaching courses in one of the areas that will be piloted:

  • Cybersecurity expertise;
  • Ethical data collection and management;
  • General digital and technology literacy that could be beneficial to DLC learners (we welcome your ideas & pitches!)

These will be half-day, full-day and two-day workshops, as well as 1-week long bootcamps, and will be taught by experts in their field including data scientists, digital marketing experts, and professional fundraisers. The half-day workshops on cybersecurity for nonprofits and ethical data collection will take place in late October or November.

These courses will introduce best-in-class digital skills, tools, and new modes of problem-solving. They will combine tactical skills instruction with hands-on and contextual training that support problem-solving for existing projects or initiatives. Participants will learn how to apply new skills directly to their specific, real-world challenges. Their organizations benefit by having a staff with strong digital skills foundation, filling the digital skill gaps to accomplish existing work even more efficiently, and bolstering their organization’s performance—all of which can enhance staff recruitment, engagement, and retention.

To apply, please fill out this application form.


Application & Selection Processes

Special priority is given to curriculum developers focused on cybersecurity and ethical data collection. Prior experience can include professional or academic training, and may have been in-person or online courses in the form of classes, seminars or workshops.

All partners will be independent contractors to Civic Hall and services will be provided on a non-exclusive basis. The specific curriculum (format and content) developed for the DLC programs will be the property of Civic Hall. If you have any questions about the program or application, please feel free to email Savannah Badalich at

NOTE: Civic Hall is committed to building a strong, diverse, and mission-driven team to better serve the communities we know and love. We are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring and contracting practices. We actively seek applicants from many backgrounds, as well as those who have worked closely with historically marginalized groups, including but not limited to people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQ people, first- or second-generation immigrants, and people from low-income families. When applying, please feel free to include information about your unique background.


Application Timeline

Mon, August 20: Application opens.
Mon, September 3: Last day to submit applications. 
Fri, September 7: Applicants who qualify will be contacted for interviews.
Fri, September 14:  Selected candidates will receive further details and contracts.
Mon, September 17—Mon, October 15: Partners will work with Civic Hall team to create curriculum and set up schedules for training sessions.
Late September—Early November: Digital Learning Center pilots will take place.


About Civic Hall

Civic Hall is a collaborative community center and ideas incubator where government staff, nonprofit leaders, community organizers, policy wonks, philanthropists, civic entrepreneurs, developers, data scientists, journalists and academics come together to solve pressing civic problems with technology. Founded in February 2015, Civic Hall has rapidly grown into a thriving and diverse community with over 1,000 members and 100 member organizations including many top government offices (including the NY Attorney General’s Office, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Technology & Innovation, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office), tech companies like Airbnb and Microsoft; media leaders like Bloomberg and Consumer Reports; civic tech leaders like Code for America; academic institutions and foundations including Columbia University, the Ford Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation, and the Ruth Ann Harnisch Foundation.  Since its opening, more than 50,000 people have visited Civic Hall to share ideas, participate in a workshop, compete in a hackathon, attend a conference, hold an event, demo their product, or get advice.

About Civic Hall @ Union Square

Civic Hall @ Union Square, announced by Mayor de Blasio in February 2017 after just two years of rapid growth, solidifies Civic Hall’s path is to becoming a unique civic institution. Civic Hall, in partnership with developer RAL Companies, undertook  a year of diligent organizational development and won a public bid process offered by the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to develop a 250,000 square foot center for technology at Union Square. The new structure will include a new 90,000 square foot community facility that will be home to the future Civic Hall @ Union Square, including an ­expanded Civic Hall Labs + a collaborative community space, a conference center, a civic startup incubator and accelerator, and a 21st century educational center called Civic Hall Digital Learning Center.

About Civic Hall Digital Learning Center

The Civic Hall Digital Learning Center (DLC) is being established with the goal of enabling people from all backgrounds to be full-fledged digital citizens, connecting them with jobs in the technology sector and, in turn, connecting the technology sector with the communities on the other side of the digital divide.