social justice leaders
Shouldn't your technology
be as great as you are?
Valued at $5,000
Community led, community owned
Good stuff for socially progressive leaders!
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 hands-down awesome 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.
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.
We create software solutions for charitable organizations who are engaged in social justice and community-building efforts so that their collective impact is increased.
We envision a world where technological innovation creates sustainable and forward-thinking solutions that address the hardest social problems facing humanity.
Our Guiding Principles
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.