Delta.NYC is a pro bono tech program seeking to bridge the digital divide between the technology and public interest sectors. This program allows passionate digital professionals to lend their services on meaningful projects for local NYC organizations working towards a more equitable, just and democratic society.

Local NYC organizations do important, life-changing work. Unfortunately, due to budget and time constraints, they often lack crucial digital resources, skills, and tools that could dramatically advance their missions. Meanwhile, there are many highly skilled and passionate digital professionals looking to give back to their communities and causes they believe in, but don’t know how to best donate their time. 

Delta.NYC seeks to bridge this gap. We bring together digital professionals to execute well-scoped, short-term projects for NYC public interest organizations pro bono. Our thoughtful, custom programming is designed to make it easier for organizations and digital professionals to collaborate on projects that make a measurable difference. 

Program Model

Delta.NYC is designed to make the experience of pro bono tech more efficient, meaningful and fun for both digital professionals and nonprofit partners.



Civic Hall Labs recruits and works alongside a variety of NYC nonprofits to scope projects.


Digital professionals apply and folks with appropriate skills are accepted into the program.


Accepted professionals self-select on to project teams based on their skills, availability, and interests.


Digital professionals and their partner nonprofits work together to complete the project deliverable.


At the end of the program, participants present their work to their peers and reflect on their experiences.

Core Tenets

Successful pro bono tech projects are difficult. That’s why we incorporate a number of mechanisms into our programming to ensure projects are not only completed, but sustained beyond completion. Delta.NYC is built on the following core tenets.


Create Together

Pre-Scoped Projects

Formal Program Structure

Cross-Functional Teams

In-Person Collaboration

Web of Accountability

Open Channels of Communication

Empathy

We had an amazing team of volunteers who worked with us to understand the problem we wanted to solve in order to better support our partner organizations, and then designed and built a tool to do it for us. We didn't come in with a particular tool in mind, but rather we knew what functionality we wanted that we didn't currently have, and they were really open to exploring with us how we could achieve it. With their tech skills and our domain knowledge, we were able to co-create a really useful data product that didn't exist before, and that's going to benefit a lot of people.
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Noelle Francois, Executive Director of Heat Seek

Research & Development

In 2016, as a civic tech leader at the intersection of digital know-how and the public interest, we embarked on a year-long exploration of the potential of Pro Bono Tech. We researched, designed, executed and evaluated two iterations of a pro bono tech program model, building off of what worked and piloting new solutions to what didn’t.

Over the course of these two program iterations, 60 digital professionals worked in teams to complete projects for 12 different nonprofits delivering more than $293,000 in market value technology services. We will be releasing a full report later this year.

Building A Community of Practice

Our vision for pro bono tech is ambitious. Our goal is to build a culture of pro bono tech as robust as that in the legal sector in order to bring 21st century digital tools to public interest organizations. If you are a company interested in collaborating with us in developing a scalable pro bono practice, email us directly at probonotech@civichalllabs.org.


PHASE 1


Research & Development
PHASE 2


Corporate Pilot Partnerships
PHASE 3


In-house Corporate Programming
PHASE 4


Pro Bono Tech Community of Practice
PHASE 5


Pro Bono Tech Consultancy

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