Last year Civic Hall launched 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.  

Civic Hall piloted 4 digital skills training topics in 2018: ethical data collection, human-centered design, data-driven marketing, and cybersecurity. Fifty-six participants attended these pilot courses, representing 38 nonprofits, government agencies, and social good organizations, including:

  • Upwardly Global
  • University Settlement
  • Educational Alliance
  • NYC Department of Small Business Services
  • New York Public Library

This year, we will pilot 6 additional digital skills pilots: artificial intelligence, digital fundraising, data visualization, ethical data storage and security, and 2 civic tech courses.

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 a 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.


Apply Now: Curriculum Developers & Instructors  

Civic Hall is currently looking to partner with subject matter experts to help develop an appropriate curriculum and teach the following courses. Learning from listening sessions with nonprofits and government agencies, we chose the following topics based off the needs and demands communicated.

All curriculum developers and instructors should have direct experience developing curriculum or teaching courses in one of the following proposed pilots:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) 101 for Nonprofits and Government
    This course will introduce nonprofits and government to the basics of Artificial Intelligence as a field and set of tools. Topics include machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, algorithms, and natural language processing, so nonprofits and government can understand its implications on the future and the communities they serve.
  • Digital Fundraising 101 for Nonprofits
    Raising money for your nonprofit can be a hard task, but digital fundraising tools can help your organization raise real money and be an integrated part of your organizing strategy. In this course, nonprofits will learn how to get their message out to supporters and fundraise to build a truly grassroots campaign that integrates the communities they serve.
  • Data Visualization for Advocacy
    Data is useless if it doesn’t help inform decisions. To make the most of your data requires bringing it to life through visualization and storytelling. This course covers the basics of data visualization and useful tools for advocacy within or for a nonprofit or government agency.
  • Ethical Data Collection 102: Data Storage & Security Best Practices
    The second in our Ethical Data Collection series, this course will move on from the theory of ethical and human data collection and provide practical tools to store and secure sensitive data collected by programmatic, advocacy, and communications staff within nonprofits and government.

These will be half-day, full-day, and/or two-day workshops and will be taught by experts in their field including machine learning experts, data scientists, and professional fundraisers. All workshops will take place sometime in Fall 2019  (September, October, and November.)

Apply here!


Application & Selection Processes

Special priority is given to curriculum developers focused on the subjects above. 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, May 13: Application opens.
Sun, June 30: Last day to submit applications. 
Early July: Applicants who qualify will be contacted for interviews & Selected candidates will receive further details and contracts.
Mon, July 17 — Mon, September 8th: Partners will work with the Civic Hall team to create a curriculum and set up schedules for training sessions.
Mid-September—Late November: Digital Learning Center 2019 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 received 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 become 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 a ­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.