for social justice leaders
Shouldn't your technology
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Complete DetailsThree membership levels,
structured by individual or team.*
|Level||Great For||Annual Dues||
|Activist||Volunteer teams, smaller committees or task forces||$120|
|Standard Feature Set||Standard Package||Track 1|
|Director||Boards, larger committees, community groups||$200|
|Extended Feature Set||Extended Package||Tracks 1 & 2|
|Nexus Web Meet|
|Much more...||Complete List|
The developed world is abundant with computer technology. However, too few of these physical and intellectual 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
MembershipNexus 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 widely acknowledged that collaborations are notoriously difficult to achieve. There are big obstacles to unified technology adoption by organizationally unconnected nonprofits, including cost, security, community delineation, and central administration.
Nexus solves these problems. It available as a hosted service to 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.
WhitepaperIn pilot phase through 2016, 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.
Brittany VanPutten, President, UX Designer, SpringCM; DePaul Univ
Zaia Gilyana, Secretary, Development Manager, US Bancorp; DeVry Univ
Dan Terrasi, Business Information Officer, US Bancorp; Hofstra Univ
Kathy D. Flint, Founder, CEO, Northbridge Tech. Alliance; Univ of Chicago
Shiva Kuppuswamy, Management Cnslt, McKinsey and Co.; Univ of Chicago
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.