Accelerator Program

The Data and Society Accelerator Program aims to support nonprofits as they make progress on their respective data journeys, while equipping nonprofit teams with the mentorship, tools, and expertise they seek to develop and test proof-of-concept data approaches that rely on large, complex datasets.

Our goal is to de-risk learning by creating a space for nonprofits to build their capacity for advanced data approaches that might significantly improve their operations, service delivery impact, or community engagement. The program provides resources to seed potential rather than to scale proven solutions, foregoing the need for nonprofits to set up and invest in a test data infrastructure or strategy before knowing if it’s a good fit for their work. Read more about our current Accelerator grant partners here.

In 2023, the PJMF Data and Society Accelerator Program will run TWO distinct cohorts:


Data to Safeguard Human Rights

Data Governance

The program is run annually through a cohort model. Accordingly, Data and Society Accelerator grant partners are expected to demonstrate a commitment to shared learning by documenting their processes and setting an example for how other nonprofits can advance their work with industry-standard data analytics, management, and governance practices in impactful, responsible, inclusive ways. They are also expected to actively shape and contribute to the PJMF Learning Network’s peer learning programming and events.

The Call for Expressions of Interest in Joining the 2023 Data and Society Accelerator Program is NOW CLOSED.

Data to Safeguard Human Rights Cohort

Our 2023 Data to Safeguard Human Rights Accelerator cohort will be comprised of nonprofit organizations seeking to integrate cloud computing practices into their work on a range of human rights issues around the world.

This 9-month program provides in-kind contributions of technology, mentorship, and expertise, as well as supplementary support to cover project expenses of up to $100,000. To learn more, download our Data to Safeguard Human Rights Accelerator Program Overview.

The Data to Safeguard Human Rights call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) will run from August 23 – September 19, 2022, during which PJMF’s Data and Society team will review submissions on a rolling basis. From September-October 2022, those organizations who meet our initial criteria for program fit and impact potential will be asked to participate in a series of project scoping conversations and technical workshops. Finalists will be invited to submit a formal proposal for consideration by Friday, October 21, 2022.

Final decisions around the Data to Safeguard Human Rights cohort will be made in November 2022, with up to 12 Accelerator projects selected to launch during the first quarter of 2023.

Data Governance Cohort

Our 2023 Data Governance Cohort welcomes nonprofits around the world seeking to make a catalytic investment in improving their own data governance through a focus on six key elements: data ethics, roles, processes, technology, policies, and security. 

This 12-month program provides in-kind contributions of mentorship and expertise, as well as supplementary support to cover expenses associated with improving organizational data governance of up to $200,000. To learn more, download our Data Governance Accelerator Program Overview.

The Data Governance call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) will run from August 23 – September 19, 2022, during which PJMF’s Data and Society team will review submissions on a rolling basis. From September-October 2022, those organizations who meet our initial criteria for program fit and impact potential will be asked to participate in a series of project scoping conversations and technical workshops. Finalists will be invited to submit a formal proposal for consideration by Friday, October 21, 2022

Final decisions around the Data Governance cohort will be made in November 2022, with up to 5 organizations selected to join the cohort during the first quarter of 2023.

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The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation strives to maximize inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in our EOI process. Please contact accelerator@mcgovern.org if we could provide you with accommodations to better facilitate your participation and access.