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technology for
social justice leaders

Shouldn't your technology
be as great as you are?

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  • Grants

    2017 Technology Grants

    Valued at $5,000

  • Membership

    Membership Benefits

    Community led, community owned

  • Eligibility

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    Good stuff for socially progressive leaders!

Community webinars, no-travel volunteer training, remote Board meetings...

Your work deserves these tools! This 2017 grant, valued at $5,000, awards vendor-neutral training, guided strategic planning, and a private, full-featured conference room in our virtual web conference center. Grantees emerge with a straightforward road map for their own technology adoption and become eligible for the major cost benefits of our highly selective membership program.

The current grant cycle targets these impact areas:

  • Metropolitan Chicago: Comunity Engagement for Strong Neighborhoods
  • Illinois: Health Care Equity
  • United States: Systemic Racial Equity

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Thoughtful benefits, by and for the social justice community

Unlike a typical software profit-driven company, we don't just throw a software license at you. We have built our highly selective membership program around our determination to advance your mission. Our training and caucus tracks are excellent by themselves. Then we toss in our open source, community-owned technology platform, Nexus, to round out the most cost-effective membership program you will ever find.

Levels start at free, for eligible groups. Here are a couple examples of our membership packages.

 
Technology
   
 
Training
   
 
Caucus
Nexus Web Meet
 ActivistDirector
MinutesUnlim.Unlim.
Admins/Seats3/610/20
All-way video
Desktop share
Polling
Recording 
Skype audio 
Much more...

Describe your group, team, committee, work group, task force or Board *
Grass roots, community organized
Part of an incorporated or regulated nonprofit/charity
Part of a tax-exempt nonprofit/charity
Describe your resources
If your work is cross-organizational (hurray!) please represent one of your primary sponsors.
* *
Where is your progress? *
Human Services
Restorative Justice
Human Rights
Health Equity
Intersectional Systemic Equity
Underserved Community Development
Other Social Justice or Community-Raising Focus
Education Equity
Environment Equity
Housing Equity
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Use this no-obligation form to check eligibility for our grant and membership programs.

[News is] a first rough draft of history.
P. Graham
In the shadow of each other, the people live.
Proverb
It always seems impossible until it's done.
N. Mandela
To build community requires vigilant awareness...
b. hooks
together... we might just be able to fix it...
J. Cascio
All in, no regrets.
K. Flint

We have no shortage of computer technology. We have a shortage of creative intention. Too few of our technology resources are intentionally leveraged toward solving human problems.

At Northbridge, we intend to reverse this trend.

We are a vendor-neutral, volunteer alliance of technology experts with a passion for social justice. We support organizations who are working, in various ways, toward an intentionally sustainable and equitable society. We specialize in cooperative application development in the open source tradition.

Mission

We create software solutions for charitable organizations who are engaged in social justice and community-building efforts so that their collective impact is increased.

Vision

We envision a world where technological innovation creates sustainable and forward-thinking solutions that address the hardest social problems facing humanity.

Our Guiding Principles

  • The people we serve are the experts about their own needs.
  • Technology is a means to, not a measure of, progress.
  • Effective solutions are tangible, sustainable and cross-organizational.

Grants
Membership
Testimonial
Nexus is our flagship open source software product.

It is widely acknowledged by the social justice community that the most effective work in our sector is done collaboratively. It is also acknowledged that collaborations are hard! It doesn't help that there are big obstacles to unified technology use by unconnected nonprofits, like cost, security, and administration.

Nexus solves these problems. It available as a hosted service to grantees and members of Northbridge.

Nexus Web Meet

Try ItNexus Web Meet is our virtual web conference center, useful for a variety of streaming collaboration from low-key team video chats to professional webinars. Every room in the center is equipped with full-featured web conference services including video chat, slide presentation, whiteboard, desktop sharing, session recording, and VOIP audio. Nexus Web Meet is backed by the fantastic open source project called BigBlueButton.

Nexus Advantage

WhitepaperEmerging from pilot phase in 2017, Nexus Advantage is a collaboration platform that facilitates collaboration among networks of community service providers. Nexus Advantage incorporates Nexus Web Meet and adds a suite of web based collaboration tools including directory services, discussion forums, calendering, workgroups, real time chatting, private messaging, and collaboration tracking.

Nexus Training

WhitepaperAs great as our software is, our training webinars are where the real Northbridge magic happens! Northbridge conducts regular training sessions designed to help our social justice leaders adopt virtual web conferencing and webinars into their collaboration and outreach practices. Through sessions designed for different levels of familiarity, our instructor-led webinars empower users to meet a variety of program needs using virtual media.

Northbridge people are made of special stuff. This organization was founded to put front and center the concerns of those who are traditionally marginalized. You don't find this every day of the week, and not without real life leaders who are able to envision and then forge new paths into the future.

Alumni

Kathy D. Flint, Interim President, Founder, CEO, Northbridge Tech. Alliance; Univ of Chicago, M.S.

Christopher Hubbard, Asst. Professor, North Park Univ; Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Ph.D.

Dimeji Onafuwa, Principal, MEJI Design Consultancy; Carnegie Mellon, Ph.D. Candidate

Angela Spinazze, Nonprofit Consultant, Chicago; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.A.

Dan Terrasi, Business Information Officer, US Bancorp; Hofstra Univ, B.S.

Chief Executive Officer

Kathy Flint

In 2011 Kathy founded Northbridge Technology Alliance in order to realize her vision for bringing technological innovation into the service of social progress. In 2013 she shifted her professional focus from the corporate sector to the nonprofit sector in order to lead Northbridge to its full potential.

Prior to founding Northbridge, Kathy served in a variety of Fortune 500 corporate software engineering and leadership roles. Most recently she was positioned with U.S. Bancorp as Development Manager for Internet and Electronic Payments, where she led enterprise-scale software engineering, architecture, and security efforts supporting $5 billion in electronic financial transactions annually.

When not coding, leading volunteers, speaking, or fundraising for Northbridge, Kathy enjoys playing the cello and figuring out how to be the mother of two brilliant teenagers in Evanston, Illinois.

Kathy holds an M.S. with honors from University of Chicago.

Volunteer
Playbook
Testimonial
Without our volunteers we've got nothing. With them we change the world. It really only seems right to name each and every one!

But since that's not possible in this space, and since our teams do enjoy a little friendly competition amongst themselves, we settle for naming a Team of the Month.

Volunteer Team of the Month

Team North Stars continues to break ground not only by developing features for the pilot deployment of Nexus but also for refining the Northbridge methods for volunteer engagement. The North Stars are

  • Lou Patel, Coach
  • Kathy Flint, Mentor
  • Gretchen Saylor
  • Hemalatha Nambiradje
  • Will Alston
  • Jafar Abdelrahman

Grants
Membership
Testimonial
We provide capacity-building technology and training—that's good.

We provide it within the context of a dynamic social enterprise—that's IMPACT!

Our alliance between social leaders and principled, professional technical volunteers is advancing missions across the international social justice spectrum.

8-Part Lecture on Open Source and Social Activism
presented to the Chicago Chapter of the ACM, 2015

Tackling the issues with the PyLadies and Write/Speak/Code, Open Source Workshop 2015