Policies to Safely Manage Data

How can nonprofits and foundations govern and use digital data ethically, safely, and effectively? This is the question addressed by a new website, The site offers organizations a set of peer-developed policies and tools for managing digital data, whether it’s from grant applications, social media, evaluations, communication strategies, or all of the above. The policies are free, downloadable, and customizable—designed so each organization can find what it needs and adapt it to align with its mission. also provides background information on the nature of digital data, links to regulatory resources, and educational resources created specifically for nonprofits and foundations. Nonprofits and foundations can turn to to find case studies, sample policies, and practical tools to manage and govern digital data. The site is licensed for open sharing and provides content contributed and requested from the field. 

The resource was created at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s Digital Civil Society Lab, with support and contributions of materials from the the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; IssueLab, a service of Foundation Center; the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; and Technology Affinity Group.

Takeaways are critical, bite-sized resources either excerpted from our guides or written by Candid Learning for Funders using the guide's research data or themes post-publication. Attribution is given if the takeaway is a quotation.

This takeaway was derived from Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2016.