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How Companies and Nonprofits Can Work Together to Drive Digital Inclusion

Emily Patrick May 26, 2021

At the onset of the pandemic, we witnessed an acute deepening of the digital divide. Low-income, rural, and elderly populations who have less access to digital technology and broadband and the opportunities they provide were suddenly – and with extreme consequences – cut off from education, health, housing, and employment opportunities. Digital access was finally recognized as a necessity, not a “nice to have,” but it’s not only access that’s the problem. Even a tablet or a fiber optic hookup can’t solve the problem if someone doesn’t know how to use them.

Common Impact is addressing digital inclusion as a core tenant of its 2021 strategy. By leveraging skills-based volunteering as a vehicle to align corporate philanthropic resources (capital, product, and people) with the on-the-ground expertise and community trust of direct service nonprofits and advocacy organizations, we can move the needle on this critical challenge. Join this group of cross-sector leaders in the digital equity movement for a conversation on what it will take to truly achieve inclusion by equipping communities with technology, training, and digital literacy skills.



Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Sustainable Development


Digital inclusion, digital equity, digital literacy, technology, partnerships, CSR, community engagement, volunteer engagement, policy, data

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Understand the state of the digital divide by looking at data, policies, and nonprofit and corporate responses. Learn how cross-sector partnerships like skills-based volunteering can provide an equitable way to approach digital inclusivity, one that takes into account the unique strengths, expertise, and resources of each organization.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Government

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameElizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald
  • TitleChief Program Officer
  • OrganizationCommon Impact
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTBD
  • TitleTBD
  • OrganizationNational Digital Inclusion Alliance
  • StatusInvited
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