When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, suddenly all nonprofits became digital equity nonprofits. Whether they focused on education, civic engagement, or healthcare, community-based organizations across the country pivoted toward tackling the digital divide seemingly overnight. They witnessed firsthand the challenges the youth, families, and communities they serve as everyone quarantined and shifted to a new, virtual normal.
Ever resilient, these leaders and trusted advocates have not only grappled with the nuances of this complex and multifaceted issue, but they also led the charge to shape public policy that will ensure that their communities are never redlined, excluded, and forgotten. On March 9th, the Michelson 20MM Foundation, the California Community Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation hosted “The Power of Advocacy: How Nonprofits Are Shaping Broadband Policy In California,” the first installment in 2022 of our Connecting California: Solving the Digital Divide series.