Digital Security in an Age of Hacking & Cyberthreats:
What grantmakers should know

A webinar for funders

Thursday, 8 June, 2017
6pm CET • Noon EST • 9am PST • 
90 minutes

Non-profit organizations are increasingly grappling with the threat of cyberattacks– and turning to their funders for support. For most grantmakers, however, cybersecurity is not an area of expertise. Reflecting the universality of the cybersecurity threat, eight donor affinity groups offer this webinar focused on how funders can support grantees in addressing and responding to digital security concerns.

Michael Brennan, Technology Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, will offer an overview of the recent Grantscraft guide on this subject. Meerim Ilyas, Senior Program Officer at Urgent Action Fund for Women and Eric Sears, Senior Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation, will each share experiences and lessons learned integrating cybersecurity concerns into their grantmaking.

Content will include:

  • A debrief: Digital Security & Grantscraft Guide: An introductory guide for funders.
  • Lessons learned and strategies pursued by a donor that has recently invested in digital security as an area of concern for his/her grantees.
  • Discussion of the strategies and infrastructure already built and in use, particularly as related to grantmaking focused on the Global South, for rapid response/ emergency cybersecurity-related grantmaking.

Following these presentations and a general Q&A period, donors will have the opportunity to join more narrowly-focused breakout conversations via separate, but parallel, conference calls.

Co-Sponsored by: Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Global Philanthropy Project, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Health and Environmental Funders Network, and International Human Rights Funders Group, and The Consultative Group for Biological Diversity.

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