Cornerstone OnDemand, a provider of human capital management software, launched the CSOD Foundation in 2010 in order to donate its technology, HR expertise, and capacity-building services to the nonprofit sector.
The foundation recognizes that many nonprofits could achieve broader impact by harnessing technology to expand the reach of their programs and services. To that end, the foundation's Impact Grant program is designed to support a select group of nonprofits that can effectively leverage the foundation's learning and development technology in innovative and tangible ways for significant community impact.
Grant recipients receive a two-year donation of Cornerstone OnDemand software and services, including unlimited use of its Learning Management System and access to a range of pro bono business consulting services. While an LMS is often used to support the learning and development of an organization's internal employees, the focus of the Impact Grant program is to enable nonprofits to leverage the technology to better reach, train, and prepare their external network — the individuals and communities they serve.
During the two-year period, the foundation will closely monitor impact and progress made against the goals of the initiative. Projects that clearly demonstrate results, are scalable, and have executive-level support will be eligible to receive significant discounts on software at the conclusion of the grant period.
To be eligible, applicants must be an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) organization; have an existing training initiative that requires a technology solution to effectively scale; have a clearly articulated vision or plan for expansion of the program; and be able to demonstrate executive support for the program and the ability to commit to it financially in years three to five.
The foundation will be holding an informational webinar on January 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the CSOD Foundation website.