Tech4Good Community - Updates

Hello everyone,

Here is what this month’s update is looking like from us at T4GC:

Overall Updates

Our core team now stands at 6- we have welcomed another team member who is handling our nonprofit partnerships piece.

We are running two sets of capacity building workshops- an open cohort & another focussed on organisations working on property inclusivity.

Progress on the goals listed while on-boarding

Deep dive sessions for all cohort NPOs on tools across 6 identified areas i.e. fundraising, project management, data collection, stakeholder management, communication and analytics.

Status: We have concluded 2 sessions out of 6, details of which can be found below.

  1. DataOGram: Affordable & accessible data solutions for organisations to drive process efficiency and impact.

DataOGram is a cutting-edge survey and data visualisation platform designed specifically for the social sector. It’s an offline-compatible, mobile-friendly SaaS solution that simplifies data collection, management, and visualisation, making it scalable and cost-effective for NGOs. It helps organisations track their progress and monitor their adherence to their goals.

Trainer: Santosh Abraham, Co-founder, DataOGram

Session Elements:

  • Create unlimited forms using our simple front end.
  • Set up complex forms using XLSform
  • Use automatic dashboarding to help you visualise their data
  • Edit collected data to fix possible errors
  • Assign validation status to data
  • User role-based access control
  • Host multiple projects with different teams

Tool Highlights:

  • Unlimited Projects
  • Unlimited Users
  • 10,000 submissions per month
  • 10GB Storage
  • Technical Support
  • Paid XLS form creation support

Special T4GC Discount:

INR 5000/month + GST


32 organisations were a part of this training- less than 20% were aware of this tool and none of them had used it previously.

  1. ERP4Impact: One-stop solution for any Indian NPO to record, track and manage their finances - donations, grants, expenses, budgets, utilisation certificates etc.

ERP4Impact has strived to be the CFO Services firm that philanthropists and charities come to when they are looking for transparency, governance and streamlining processes. They develop practical, customized insights that our NGO partners can benefit from. Monitoring finance is one of the primary aspects to be taken care of in any concern.

What makes them unique is the presence of our ‘homegrown’ leadership team who have been involved in fieldwork for NGOs. They were incorporated with a vision to channelize our team’s finance and accounting expertise into something meaningful and valuable for the sector.

Trainers: Ravi Bagaria & Ritu Jain

Founders ERP4Impact

Topics Covered:

  • Donor Management
  • Donations Management
  • Grant & Pledge Management
  • Budgets Management
  • Expenses Management
  • Automate Entries in Tally
  • Interactive Dashboards

Tool Highlights:

  • Classify donors, comply with FCRA and Income Tax.
  • Be on point with expenditure against the budget. Ensure approvals before payment. No more reimbursement through Excel sheets.
  • Track receivables from monthly donations in a breeze.
  • Hassle free entries directly into Tally in 2 clicks.
  • No going back to MOUs. Tranche schedule reminders. LIVE UC tracking. Ensure timely utilisation and reporting to donors.

Special T4GC Discount:

Customised Pricing- based on the NPOs annual budget and their requirements, with an additional T4GC discount of 20%


21 organisations were part of this training, less that 30% had heard of this tool and none had used it previously.

Outcomes we are chasing for the next 6 months

We will be conducting 4 more deep dive sessions on Google Analytics, Google Ads, Trello and Zeapl.

In addition to this, we will also be running one on one mentoring sessions for select NPOs, and a few would be a part of a Hackathon event for more specific problem statements.


View the DataOGram training video.
View the ERP4Impact training video.

Hello everyone,

Here is what this month’s update is looking like from us at T4GC

Overall updates (since the last update)

  • We’ve launched a new programme on open source tools, called FOSSFwd and welcomed 2 new interns- Computer Science undergraduates- who are helping us customise Free and Open Source Solutions for Nonprofits.
  • As mentioned in the previous update, we have been running two sets of capacity building workshops and have wrapped up all the sessions.
  • Our revamped website should be online next week.
  • Read all our updates here.

Progress on the goals listed while on-boarding

Deep dive sessions for all cohort NPOs on tools across 6 identified areas i.e. fundraising, project management, data collection, stakeholder management, communication and analytics and an additional session on Human Centred Design that was held today.

Status: We have concluded the T4GC<><Rainmatter Foundation Spotlight Series.

Session 1 | Google Ads


Gaining visibility to companies and individuals looking for your organisation.


80 minutes

Session Facilitator:

Sakshi Y, Search Specialist at Google.

Session Details:

Google Ad Grants works towards enabling growth for all nonprofit organisations. With the essential verification documents, a Nonprofit would be able to use the most popular search engine in the world. This would help them scale their growth to the right audiences. Sakshi, from the Google team presented the elaborate ways Google Ads can help scale nonprofit organisations reach for free.

Subtopics covered in the session:

  1. What is Google Ad Grants?

  2. Keywords

  3. Keyword planner

  4. Ad Rank

  5. Quality Score

  6. The Auction

  7. How helpful are Ad Words?

  8. Steps to maintain a good CTR

  9. Types of goals for NPOs

  10. Key components for search advertising

  11. Google Analytics: Free tool that helps measure the online marketing performance by tracking users’ pathways on websites/platforms and social media.

Special T4GC Discount:

This is a free tool for NPOs.

Session 2 | Trello


Automating project management to stay on top of deadlines and more.


60 minutes

Session Facilitator:

Manjunath Basaralu Srinivasa, Atlassian

Session Details:

Atlassian has been one of our long term corporate partners. They offer complete tech solutions worldwide, one of the most popular being Jira Software and Trello. Trello uses the Kanban style board system to help users visualise their progress and manage their workflow. There is an endless need to prioritise and stay on top of all that goes on within a nonprofit organisation. Manjunath demonstrated how to create boards, set deadlines and add cards for seamless and sleek project management.

What is Trello?

Trello, by Atlassian, is a powerful project management tool that helps nonprofits stay organised and on track. It is a cloud-based platform that allows teams to collaborate on projects, assign tasks, and track progress. With Trello, nonprofits can easily manage their projects, tasks, and resources in one place. Trello can be used on desktop and mobile. It helps nonprofits stay organised by allowing them to create boards for each project, assign tasks to team members, and track progress. It also allows users to create checklists, add comments, and attach files to tasks. This makes it easy to keep track of tasks and ensure that everyone is on the same page. You can integrate your favourite services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, GitHub, Slack, Evernote and MailChimp.

Trello also helps nonprofits stay on track by providing real-time updates on tasks and progress. This allows teams to stay up to date on the status of their projects and ensure that tasks are completed on time.

Finally, Trello helps nonprofits save time and money by providing a centralised platform for project management. This eliminates the need for multiple tools and allows teams to focus on the tasks that matter most.

Overall, Trello is a powerful project management tool that helps nonprofits stay organised and on track. It provides a centralised platform for project management, real-time updates, and collaboration tools that make it easy to manage projects and tasks. With Trello, nonprofits can save time and money while ensuring that their projects are completed on time.

Watch the Google Ads training.
Watch the Trello training.

Hello everyone,

Here is what this month’s update is looking like from us at T4GC

Overall updates (since the last one)

  1. Of the 1000+ NPOs that T4GC has worked with over the past 5 years, 90% report struggling with siloed data due to a lack of centralised data management systems, data collection & visualisation tools. We have put together the first edition of our FOSSFwd Handbook aimed at increasing awareness of FOSS for NPOs, the benefits of adopting it and tools that will support NPOs with all their data requirements.
  2. T4GC is working on 10 FOSSFwd projects between April and May. Here are a few the day-to-day operational systems that we are customising on FOSS:
  • Finance and HR Management
  • Project Management
  • Inventory management
  • Data visualisation
  • Learning Management Systems
  1. We have also started building our pipeline of tech vendors, mentors and student interns in and around Bangalore to help implement FOSS at scale.
  2. We are progressing on customising ERPNext for organisations across different domains - Health, Education and Livelihood that can be easily replicated and customised at scale.

Progress on the goals listed while on-boarding

Deep dive sessions for all cohort NPOs on tools across 6 identified areas i.e. fundraising, project management, data collection, stakeholder management, communication and analytics and an additional session on Human Centred Design.

Status: We have concluded the T4GC<><Rainmatter Foundation Spotlight Series.

Session | Human Centred Design


How nonprofit organisations can use Human Centred Design to improve their communication strategies.


60 minutes

Session Facilitator:

Soujanya Raj, Professional Web Designer (UI/UX)

Session Details:

Soujanya Raj is one of the tech mentors at the Tech4Good Community. She has 14 years of experience in Australia. She researches all the new ways to improve user experience and design. Keeping user interface and user experience in mind, an organisation can maximise their online outreach and scale their impact with the added humane element online.

Subtopics covered in the session:

  • What is Human Centred Design? (HCD)
  • Focus Points.
  • The 4 principles of HCD
  • How does it benefit NPOs?
  • Purposes for organisations to have a website.
  • Useful guidelines of User Experience for NPOs to keep in mind.
  • Useful tools.
  • Case Study.

Useful Tools

  • Miro: Helps with brainstorming and is a collaborative tool for information architecture. Monitor Kanban boards.
  • Figma: Prototyping and designing tool to help you design on live boards what a call to action button would look like etc. used Figma to design their entire website.
  • Invision: Learning how your website would look by creating a live clickable prototype. Can import designs from Sketch.
  • User Zoom: User testing. Need to build it to find out what users need. Hire and test using a moderator.
  • Askable: Moderated research. Where they hire people for you.

Case Study

  • this is an NPO Soujanya worked with independently of Tech4Good Community’s intervention

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance is a nonprofit that helps provide services to thousands of people with disabilities and their families. Soujanya’s team - Team Design Snuggles won third place in the Design-athon by Remarkable Tech. The design-athon was centred around a cause by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. They had to showcase their user experience skills on how we can use technology to elevate the lives of young people living with disabilities.

Implementation Details

So far, we’ve had 40 requests for this set of tools, 5 of which are for DataOGram, 9 for ERP4Impact, 19 for Google Analytics, and 5 for Google Ads and 2 for Trello. There were 3 tool requests for Danamojo and 3 tool requests for Google Earth which were not featured in this Spotlight.

Way Forward

  1. We will be introducing the cohort to our newly launched FOSSFwd program: We customise open source low-cost replicable solutions through our FOSSFwd (Free and Open Source Software) program where students are provided with internships exposing them to the developmental sector. Through this our aim is to build a solid engineering ecosystem. The cohort along with Rainmatter grantees will get access to this program from May 2023. They will also have access to the open source playbook.

  2. As an extension of the sessions in the Spotlight Series, several organisations in the cohort have signed up for customised 1-1 mentorships on tools like Trello, Google Ads, Google Earth and Google Analytics in partnership with Atlassian & Google. This will continue from May 2023 - July 2023.

  3. Rainmatter grantees like - Vidhi Legal, Waste Warriors, Janaagraha, Souramandala Foundation, Technology For Wildlife Foundation, Saahas, SWMRT, WRI, Industree, Centre for Environment Concerns, Slam Out Loud, Fields of View, T4G Labs, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, Lipok Social Foundation and SSRDP have attended some of our Spotlight Series sessions. We will be working with them to support further on tech requirements that have been identified from these sessions.

  4. We are also working on collecting stories of impact and testimonials from the cohort to inspire the larger nonprofit community on various tools, learnings and experiences. This includes specific set up success stories and overall programme highlights and improvement for the future.

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Hello everyone,

Here is what this month’s update is looking like from us at Tech4Good Community.

Overall updates

  • We have an engineering team in place to ensure that our FOSSFwd programme is able to produce replicable solutions for many common system requirements of NPOs.
  • Tech4Good Community’s platform OTTER and website have been merged. Our new website now functions as a resource hub for NPOs to learn about proprietary and free and open source software. Visit us here.

Programme Updates

  1. FOSSFwd (FF)

We customise open source low-cost replicable solutions for NPOs through our FOSSFwd (Free and Open Source Software) program where students are provided with internships exposing them to the developmental sector. Through this our aim is to build a solid engineering ecosystem.

Interested NPOs can reach out to us here.


The student internship programme is underway, we have 1 intern and 30 fresh applicants in the pipeline for this programme.

RMF Project

Transform Schools were part of the Spotlight Series and have expressed interest to be a part of the FOSSFwd programme. They reached out to us with their requirements around HR and Finance Management, which were as follows:

  1. HR Management: personnel records, payroll management, benefits administration, attendance tracking, time sheets, performance evaluation
  2. Finance and Accounting: general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, expense management, financial reporting, project performance tracking, invoicing, vendor management, resource planning, inventory management and procurement, compliance and governance

We are in the process of customising a workspace for them on ERPNext, they will confirm their participation once we have demonstrated the capabilities of the system to them.

5 Other FF Case Studies

  1. Earth Focus is a non profit organisation dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and sustainability. With a mission to foster a global movement for a greener and healthier planet, Earth Focus envisions a future where human activities coexist harmoniously with nature.

The Earth Focus team shared with us a wishlist of the kind of data they would like to be able to collect and visualise… These included village details, farmer information, replacement of crops, tracing the number of bags distributed, costs, what was planted, the timeline of planting, market rates changes, identify which crop is affected seasonally, tracking farmer profits, uploading of photos of the crops, geotags of the sites they work in, addition of new field staff & volunteers to name a few.

Along with this they were looking to visualise and identify which plant requires treatment as an intimation from the data collected and overall reports on how the programme is being delivered on ground.

The Tech4Good Community team has completed training them on Kobo Toolbox - on creating the form, the available templates with a step by step walk through on the basics of using it along with understanding how to deploy the forms onto the mobile app. We have helped them create the form based on skip logic (similar to skip code but automatic and have added type form responses where the interviewer can type answers.

Next step is to ensure we help them take this to the field and then introduce, customise & train them to use Metabase for data visualisation.

2.Centre for Migration & Inclusive Development is a nonprofit advocating for and promoting the social inclusion of migrants and other socially disadvantaged populations in India. Their priorities include designing, piloting and implementing programmes for mainstreaming as well as improving the quality of life of migrants.

Our tech team conducted a thorough research and suggested ERPNext as the solution. ERPNext is an open-source tool which can be customised according to the requirements of CMID’s clinical workflow. It is also an affordable solution and uses a simple interface which does not require a tech team to handle the system from the backend. With this in mind, our team created a sample workspace in the existing healthcare system of ERPNext and presented it to the CMID team.

The T4GC team created a prototype with the patient workflow and added all the requested features by the CMID team to it. After this was presented, CMID team highlighted their additional requirements as below:

  • Ability to track the day, date and time of the patient coming in along with the location they are coming from. In short, they should be able to track patient history.
  • Ability to track the services taken by an individual who visited the clinic.
  • Ability for drivers to track parkings and registrations when the vehicle is parked at a certain locality as a part of HR/Payroll and Stock Management System.
  • They also requested to host their systems on an Indian server. AWS credit points were available to them and it can be used to cover the hosting charges.
  • Requested for a unique ABHD ID and a drop down field to be added for each field.

Currently the T4GC team is working on embedding the additional drop-down options into the healthcare system and also drafting a plan for the technical architecture. We are also working closely with the CMID team to help them apply and get AWS credits for hosting of this solution.

3.Anahata United Efforts is an organisation whose mission is to expand new age career opportunities to the youth in our society. They expand the awareness of various career opportunities not just by career guidance counselling but by closely monitoring each student’s set of skills and providing them options with career paths.

They have faced challenges with their data visualisation tool, including frequent payments for bug fixes and a substantial number of initial bugs in the platform. This proved inefficient for a rapidly scaling nonprofit who already works with around 4000 students per district. This also provides inaccurate data for reporting.

Upon our visit to their office, they broke down their requirements in accordance to their priorities which did end up being reshuffled after review. Due to the rapid scaling of nonprofits, it can be hard for them to decide on a method to carry output. Depending on how rapid their growth rate is, their change in requirement would be equally ever changing. By using open source software like Metabase, BIRT and others, it can be considered that they are frequently updated by a community of developers and have a strong user base that contributes to bug identification and resolution. Besides this, the process of migrating students when they pass 8th Standard to 9th Standard is an arduous process with which they tend to spend a lot of time on.

Metabase is a highly intuitive digital tool that displays visual representations on the data you provide. Users save a lot of time making graphs for specific reasons, Metabase however allows the user to pose questions in the form of keywords. Being open sourced, Metabase has faster bug fixes as there are 50,000 other organisations using the tool.

Anahata United Efforts collects data of about 8.2 lakh students in India, hence one of the main concerns they had about using open source software like Metabase was security of data. However, Metabase, like most open source software, follows strict permission guidelines and data sandboxing. Metabase follows GDPR and CCPA guidelines in order to maintain transparency with its users. They allow users to have a thorough view of what Metabase has access to. United Efforts are to host Metabase on their local server. Metabase can also send updates to team members within the organisation using Slack Messenger which allows users within an organisation to function smoothly as it offers transparency and free flowing communication on changes made.

The Tech4Good Community puts its effort into ensuring that nonprofit organisations check off all the boxes in their requirements for a specific tool. Nonprofit organisations like Anahata United Efforts need intuitive tools to visualise their own data in accordance with all the data they collect. Metabase allows for the freedom of choosing what you want to display productively. Our team works around the clock to ensure delivery of demonstrations and implementations are up to the mark, which is why installing and adding these accounts on our servers to demonstrate examples in relation to the organisation, has proven useful to display how beneficial the tool can be for them.

This is the first organisation that we have worked with to implement Metabase. So far we’ve used sample data to demonstrate the features and customisable aspects to Metabase. During our learning period with the Metabase platform we encountered a problem with regards to environmental variables on their local server which in layman’s terms are code buttons embedded into Metabase to help it perform in accordance with an organisations requirement, rather than changing the code of Metabase, environmental variables are placed as part of the elaborate plan for the future of Metabase. After thorough deliberation, we have decided to use MySQL to import their datasets onto Metabase via Amazon RDS. Amazon RDS was used because we had some credits in our AWS account which we wanted to initiate as it gives us user friendly operations and various features to play with the API aspect, which would help with further developments on Metabase. Amazon RDS is a managed database service by AWS, providing a scalable and reliable platform for hosting relational databases, simplifying administration and offering features like backups and high availability.

  1. Plustrust provides micro-incubation support for changemakers from resource poor communities, particularly from rural areas through our fellowship programs. Their vision is to create a world where all people – especially those from resource poor communities – have the opportunity to create an impact for themselves and others.

The first time we interacted with this fantastic organisation was at the Tech4Good Community Spotlight Series 2021 supported by EdelGive Foundation. Plustrust was one of the 100 NPOs who attended it.

From our Tech Maturity Assessment through this Spotlight, we found that 44% of nonprofits from this cohort used Microsoft Excel, Google Forms or Paper. Plustrust had been using Microsoft Excel and Google Forms and was making a move to a new MIS at that point in time.

Our next insightful interaction was on April 3rd 2023 at the Amazon Web Services HIVE event by Tech4Good Community hosted by AWS. Our team met with Lalitha Iyer, Managing Trustee and Priyanshi Sharma, Program Manager at Plustrust. We learnt about their interest in open source software and cloud hosting platforms as well as their organisation’s requirements.

A month later, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to present our FOSSFwd project to them as we saw the potential of using FOSS rather than their current system due to the problems being nullified.

On the 14th of May, 2023 the Tech4Good Community met with Lalitha from Plustrust on our first field visit with them. With a strong commitment to sustainable development and social progress, Plustrust works tirelessly to address pressing issues such as poverty, inequality and social injustice. To achieve this process, they’re in need of a better data management system to track and manage their women volunteer programs with which we recommended ERPNext.

We found that their requirement was for a data management tool and volunteer management system to track progress and success rates. They also require tracking aspects of various projects like tracking the selected participants in their Microinclubation project and what happens over the period of our engagement. Because of the number of varied objectives, they found it difficult to streamline this process on their existing software.

They also wanted an easy overview of how many are in the fellowship project and the ability to profile those who have completed the fellowship along with a seamless reporting system.

Plustrust highlighted the challenges faced by them on their existing system and how they would like to overcome them in the new system. The cost for using this platform is around 17k per annum including an approximate implementation charge of Rs.2000/- Below are a few other observed issues reported by them:

  • Frequent server issues with the system
  • Issues with demographics - Existing modules are not very precise and clear
  • These modules are also not editable and would like to have it added to the ERPNext system
  • They also want to generate MPR(Monthly Performance Report) directly from beneficiaries and update it instead of doing it manually which is their current system.
  • Unable to edit the forms available and lot of these categories are very confusing
  • Data sheet is not easy for them to analyse. Analysing their static and dynamic data is very difficult.
  • Though MPR is filled, they are unable to see the details when clicked on the module.
  • Programs and varieties of projects have increased and their system does not support their current requirements
  • Requested for a monthly performance review system to track the performance of their current programs

We also found that they needed to track the CHE (one of their programmes), which has shown to be very data heavy as they need to track the women based on various aspects such as skill development, treatment of clients and number of active medical units at their disposal. The system they were using, didn’t have the capacity to create dashboards when it came to visualising these elements from their work.

ERPNext is an open-source Enterprise Resource Planning System which could double up as financial accounting, project management, human resources and inventory management systems. It is a powerful tool that could potentially allow them to manage their volunteers, track their activities, and measure their impact. Additionally, ERPNext is free and easily integratable with other systems.

“ERPNext has shown to be much easier to use from the demonstration by Santhosh and Ibtisam (from the Tech4Good Community product and engineering team respectively). I liked the ease with which one could develop many drop down menus. The data we require, there’s a static element and a dynamic element and doesn’t require changing after that. We need to ensure that the data is more accurately collected and our systems feedback loop isn’t up to par. ERPNext has shown to be much more intuitive and easy to use overall. ”- Lalitha Iyer, Managing Trustee, Plustrust

This is the second project the Tech4Good Community has done with regards to ERPNext, our engineering and core team went through an internal capacity building training on this specific tool. The team took 17 working days to create a brand new workspace and demonstrate the prototype to Priyanshi and Lalitha. Plustrust had shared a document detailing the demographics and details they would then have to graft and filter from their teams, anchors, fellows and the CHE projects.

Our team developed and demonstrated the prototype for Plustrusts new ERPNext workspace and encountered a few challenges with regards to creating a new workspace as well as how to change the DocType. A DocType is what ERPNext uses like folders, to organise data in accordance to needs and the type of information it holds. They’ve added customised drop down options and a new workspace as the pre existing workspace on the ERPNext health domain wasn’t enough. Tech4Good Community’s product and engineering team spent a total of 72 hours working on the prototype for Plustrust’s possible new workspace. While looking for hosting options for ERPNext, we suggested AWS as a possible solution. Plustrust has an FCRA certificate, which means they are eligible for AWS credits. They are in the process of registering on BigTech.

5.Way for Life is a registered, youth-driven NGO, based in Bengaluru, Karnataka, founded in the year 2017. The footsteps of their approaches to community development and environmental sustenance have been ideated and undertaken by the energetic body of youth volunteers who write their story through reshaping ours.

A Volunteer Management System came up as a priority item during our conversations, since they did not have any system in place to manage this. They were using excel sheets to track the data of over 10k - 15k students from various universities. They stressed the need for a system that would allow them to track the tasks assigned to these students as part of their ongoing volunteer engagement programmes-the idea behind which is to provide them with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in order to build a career within the nonprofit sector.

We received detailed notes from Way for Life on the extent of customisations required by them. This was based on the previous paid system they had in place which came packed with almost all the required features and functionality. Team T4GC has been in the process of researching the replicable components of this system and eliminating the redundancies as we customised an open source solution for them.

As things stand, the activities and tasks of volunteers are uploaded in Google Classroom but it is not the most effective method to track assignments given the volume of volunteers. They would ideally like for it to be simpler. We presented Moodle as an option to see if a learning management system (LMS) would meet their requirements but the unavailability of any active courses from their end, made us eliminate the suggestion.

We recommended ERPNext as a solution for their volunteer management system. It is a powerful tool that could potentially allow them to manage their volunteers, track their activities, and measure their impact. Additionally, ERPNext is free and easily integratable with other systems. This makes it an ideal solution for Way for Life.

In order for us to build a prototype, we had to request access to their registration forms including student registration forms. We appraised the existing data distribution & arrangement and are working out ways to embed these in one system, eradicating the need to switch between systems.

Way for Life also wants the reports to be visible to the students’ respective universities and the ability to track their volunteering hours & attendance. The option to track their assignments and a function to assess and review them is a priority requirement .

Team T4GC has requested for sample data to explore these solutions and build a prototype based on it for the volunteer management system and grant management system. We are in the process of customising & creating a new Workspace on ERPNext for them.

We are working with 15 other NPOs as part of our FF initiative. More on them in the next update.

  1. Mentorships

As an extension of the sessions in the Spotlight Series, several organisations in the cohort had signed up for customised 1-1 mentorships on tools like Trello, Google Ads, Google Earth and Google Analytics in partnership with Atlassian & Google.

Google Ads: Public Health Foundation of India, Sarthak Foundation, Madurai Health and Leprosy Relief Centre, Transform Schools, YCDA - 5 NPOs are being mentored by Googlers as part of our Google4Good initiative on understanding their usage and to improve the efficiencies of their Google Ads account.

Google Analytics: 34 NPOs are currently in the process of getting mentored 1-1 by Googlers. They have two sessions per organisation: one to set up a new account/help migrate the NPOs to the newly updated Google Analytics - GA4 from the previous Universal Analytics accounts and a second session to understand the setting up of their organisational goals to analyse their website traffic.

Trello: CMID, Yuva Rural Association, National Institute of Women Child and Youth Development, Swmrt, SeSTA- 5 NPOs have been mapped to 1-1 mentorship with our partners at Atlassian to help with the set up and using the Trello project management software.

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Overall updates

Hello everyone,

Here is what this month’s update is looking like from us at Tech4Good Community.


Our Engineering team is now 5 members strong with 2 new hires; an intern and an engineering manager.


  • With great enthusiasm, we announce that the FOSSFwd Grid learning events will now be a regular part of our initiatives. These sessions will provide a platform to share our experiences, best practices, and insights into FOSS implementation. By hosting these events regularly, we aim to foster a vibrant community of like-minded individuals and organisations passionate about leveraging technology for social good. Our FOSSFwd programme has solidified the importance of open-source software in making a real difference.
  • These events aim to showcase our significant work with nonprofits and system implementations while promoting the power of Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) in driving positive change.
  • During the event, we had the privilege of hosting four incredible nonprofits i.e. Agro Rangers, Way for Life, Anahata & Plus Trust, who showcased the systems we built for them and the significant gaps these solutions addressed. The event served as a powerful platform to highlight the real-world impact of our FOSS Management Systems implementation and how it has been instrumental in driving positive change in the nonprofit sector. Read about our work with each of them here.

Also, here are some key learnings that have been fundamental in our journey:

  • In-Depth Understanding: Our product and tech team delved deep into FOSS management systems, particularly ERPNext, gaining invaluable knowledge in code refactoring, doctypes, API integrations, and more.
  • Code Customization: We learned the art of customising FOSS code to cater precisely to the unique needs of the nonprofits we serve. This flexibility empowered us to create tailored solutions for their success.
  • Data Engineering Expertise: Handling large data volumes taught us data migration, validation, and transformation techniques, ensuring top-notch data integrity throughout the process.
  • Hosting and Infrastructure Management: We honed our skills in hosting FOSS solutions on platforms like AWS, creating scalable, reliable, and secure environments for nonprofits to thrive.
  • Synergy with Other FOSS Tools: Exploring the magic of tool integration, we built comprehensive ecosystems by combining different FOSS solutions, unlocking endless possibilities.

FOSS United- Goa Meetup

The idea for Goa FOSS came at one of the first OASIS meetings where we met the FOSS United team. Given our presence in the state, we gladly supported the commencement of the first-ever Goa meet up, with the vision of hosting many more in the future.

This community-based event was a melting pot of ideas, bringing together students, professors, policy makers, journalists, developers, designers, and nonprofits with a common mission - to explore the transformative power of Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) in shaping India’s future.

The highlight of the Monsoon Weekend was an engaging panel discussion titled “The Role of FOSS in shaping India’s Future.” Esteemed panellists from diverse backgrounds shared their insights, inspiring attendees to envision the untapped potential of FOSS in driving innovation, sustainability, and positive social change.

Panellists included- Vipul Siddharth, Open Source Technical Advisor, UNICEF; Frederick Noronha, Journalist Rinju Rajan, Co-founder & CEO, Tech4Good Community; moderated by Vishal Arya, FOSS United.

The event is a testament to the growing significance of FOSS in India. It reinforced the importance of cultivating a strong FOSS community and highlighted the potential of collaborative efforts in driving innovation and positive social impact.

Spotlight Wrap Up | Google Analytics Mentorship Program

The Tech4Good Community hosted one of the biggest Google Analytics 1-0-1 mentorship programs which is almost nearing its end in July. After our Spotlight Session ‘23 which was conducted in March, 35 nonprofits from various domains signed up for this program. T4GC partnered with Google and allocated over 35 individual trainers for each organisation to help the nonprofits with GA setup and GA4 migration which was scheduled to automatically happen on the 1st of July. All the mentors were trained by the internal Google team through a “Train the Trainer” session to equip them with enough information to assist the nonprofits.

We split this cohort of 35 organisations into 3 categories:

  1. Nonprofits who do not have a Google Analytics platform
  2. Nonprofits who have an existing account but were not aware of its usage and GA4 migration
  3. Nonprofits who have an advanced existing system but needed training on a few specific features.

The program’s key aspects and learnings are as follows:

  • Website Traffic Tracking: Nearly half of the enrolled organisations sought assistance in tracking website traffic, including landing pages and additional links like newsletter subscriptions. Google trainers guided them in setting up tracking mechanisms to monitor user visits, revisits, and enrollment in subscriptions and newsletters.
  • Conversions and Reports: Nonprofits recognized the importance of tracking conversion rates and generating reports, which was facilitated through the mentorship program. By analysing viewer counts, they gained valuable insights to make informed decisions.
  • GA4 Migration: The mentorship calls successfully completed GA4 migration for 21 organisations ahead of the scheduled date. This ensured data backup and prevented potential data loss during Google’s update.
  • Round 2 of Mentorship Calls: Due to additional requests, a second round of mentorship calls is planned to address remaining doubts not covered in the first round. The program is expected to conclude in the first week of August, benefiting over 30 organisations with effective use of Google Analytics.

Spotlight Wrap Up | Engage4Good Programme

TheTech4Good Community partnered with Atlassian to cultivate a cohort of enthusiastic technical mentors who are active in assessing the requirements for Nonprofit Organisations across India. The 2023 Engage4Good series was in collaboration with 2 NPOs namely - Vihaan and IIPH.

Vihaan is an organisation that actively breaks the cycle of crime - human trafficking, while providing rehabilitation and communal support to survivors. They provide free education for the survivors till the 10th Standard after which they extend their support by ensuring they complete 12th Standard with financial help provided by Vihaan. They reached out to the Tech4Good Community looking for a Project and Participant management systems. Their main goal was to improve their monitoring and evaluation for their education platform.

IIPH is based in Delhi and they are academic institutions of higher learning established by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). We have engaged with the Public Health Foundation of India through our previous Spotlights in the years 2020 and 2023. They were looking to revamp their website specifically for IIPH and all the various establishments in the Education sector.

More on this in the next update!

Overall Updates

Hello everyone,

Here is what this month’s update is looking like from us at Tech4Good Community.

1. Wrap Up | Google Analytics Mentorship Program

We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the Google Analytics Mentorship Program that commenced in May with the RMF x T4GC Spotlight Series 2023 introductory session in which 38 Nonprofits participated, out of which 19 signed up for the mentoring initiative. Over the course of three months, we have achieved significant milestones and empowered these organisations to harness the full potential of Google Analytics.

The program aimed to assist organisations in harnessing the power of Google Analytics and facilitating their transition to the GA4 (Google Analytics 4) platform. Out of the 38 organisations that participated, we are thrilled to report that 16 have successfully migrated to GA4. The cohort consisted of 8 beginners who required assistance in creating new Google Analytics accounts or reviving dormant accounts that had not been utilised since their initial setup. To support this diverse group, we engaged a dedicated team of 42 Google Analytics trainers who conducted a series of enlightening one-on-one sessions.

The initial focus of the program was on guiding organisations through the GA4 migration process. This migration was crucial to prevent data loss for existing users and to acquaint advanced users with the upgraded features of GA4. However, the migration journey was not without its challenges, particularly in cases where organisations faced difficulties gaining admin. access to their websites due to vendor lock-in.

To address these challenges, our trainers provided comprehensive learning materials to help organisations understand the migration process better. Additionally, recognizing the need for additional support, we initiated a second round of migration for those organisations that encountered obstacles during the first round. A total of 8 organisations availed themselves of this opportunity and expressed a desire to delve deeper into Google Analytics. They sought guidance on setting up organisational goals tailored to the unique needs of nonprofits and understanding which channels to prioritise. Our trainers worked closely with these NPOs to define and configure goals that aligned with their specific objectives. Furthermore, they equipped them with the skills to analyse data derived from these goals.

The majority of them were interested in maximising their utilisation of Google Analytics to monitor conversion rates and track the number of new users through comprehensive reports and customizable dashboards.

What is a GA4 Account in Google Analytics and Why Was Migration Important?

GA4, short for Google Analytics 4, represents the latest iteration of Google’s web analytics platform. It brings a host of advanced features and capabilities designed to provide more in-depth insights into user behaviour and engagement. Migrating to GA4 was imperative for several reasons:

  • Enhanced Tracking: GA4 offers improved tracking of user interactions, including those across multiple devices and platforms. This ensures a more accurate representation of user journeys.
  • Event-Driven Data Collection: GA4 focuses on event-based tracking, allowing organisations to capture a wider range of user interactions, such as video views, scroll depth, and more.
  • Machine Learning and Predictive Metrics: GA4 leverages machine learning to provide predictive metrics, making it easier to anticipate user behaviour and optimise marketing efforts.
  • Privacy and Compliance: GA4 is designed with privacy in mind and is compliant with modern data protection regulations, helping organisations maintain trust with their users.
  • Future-Proofing: As the successor to Universal Analytics, GA4 represents the future of Google Analytics. Migrating early ensures organisations stay up-to-date with the latest analytics capabilities.

The Google Analytics Mentorship Program has not only successfully guided organisations through the GA4 migration process but also empowered them to make the most of this powerful analytics tool. We are proud of the accomplishments of our program participants and grateful for the dedication of our trainers. We look forward to seeing how these organisations continue to leverage Google Analytics to drive their missions forward.

2. FOSSFwd Grid


On the 9th of August, 2023, we hosted the inaugural event for the FOSSFwd Grid Series-”FOSS4Climate”. This event provided a platform for passionate organisations working in the climate space to collaborate, share knowledge, and raise awareness about the impact of free and open-source systems on addressing climate challenges.

Participating Organisations

We had the privilege of inviting nine deeply committed organisations that are dedicated to reversing the effects of the climate crisis. These organisations work tirelessly in areas such as agriculture, conservation, and waste management, making up at least 95% of the burden on themselves. Notable participants include:

Agrorangers: Pioneering change in the agricultural sector in Pune, Maharashtra, Agrorangers focus on agroforestry and optimising grain and soil matches for abundant harvests. Their method is well-suited for India’s landscape, where more than 68% of the land is arid.

SauraMandala Foundation: Hailing from Shillong, Parij travelled all the way from Shillong to attend this event. They are committed to environmental conservation and sustainability; help build ecosystems for problem solving and bring about creative solutions to bridge development gaps in remote locations.

T4GC’s Continued Collaboration with Nonprofits in Climate Change Space

Following the successful FOSS4Climate event, T4GC’s technology team remains dedicated to collaborating with NPOs in the field of Climate Change (including Rainmatter portfolio organisations). We are actively engaged with several organisations to enhance their technological capabilities and empower them in their critical missions. Here are some notable examples:


T4GC is currently partnering with WAASAN to enhance their Digital Seed Exchange Marketplace and Natural Farming (NF) buyer-seller matching system. Our engineering team is addressing various aspects, including feature enhancements, the development of dynamic analytics pipelines, usability and user interface enhancements, cross-platform/offline data collection capabilities, and the localization of these systems to cater to farmer communities across different regions in India.

Our vision is to drive a significant increase in the adoption of these systems by grassroots communities, aiming for over a 100% growth within the next year. By providing robust technological support, we aim to facilitate more efficient and widespread access to seeds and farming resources, ultimately contributing to sustainable agriculture practices.

Centre for Wildlife Studies

The Centre for Wildlife Studies is committed to science-based conservation to protect wildlife and wildlands. They have previously utilised open-source solutions but faced challenges in managing them without extended support and customizations. Currently, they rely on a homegrown data collection app, and their primary area of struggle lies in comprehensive data visualisation insights.

T4GC is collaborating with the Centre for Wildlife Studies to develop an open-source data visualisation tool that seamlessly integrates with their existing system. This tool will significantly enhance their capacity to visualise and interpret data efficiently. By streamlining the data journey, we aim to empower the organisation to make informed conservation decisions and contribute effectively to wildlife protection.

Farmers for Forests

Farmers for Forests is dedicated to incentivizing farmers to protect existing forests and grow new ones on barren land. Their mission aims to improve local ecology, generate income for communities, and combat the impact of climate change on environmental and human well-being by increasing India’s natural and biodiverse forest cover.

T4GC is collaborating closely with Farmers for Forests to enhance their carbon credit calculation and visualisation system. This system utilises drone-captured images and a backend algorithm to compute carbon credits associated with tree species. While the organisation possesses the necessary backend system and AI-powered algorithm, they require a robust data engineering pipeline to ingest and process large datasets effectively.

Our partnership aims to streamline the data processing workflow, making it more efficient and scalable. By doing so, we hope to empower Farmers for Forests in their crucial work of quantifying carbon credits, contributing to reforestation efforts, and mitigating the effects of climate change.

3. Open-source Alliance for Social Innovation and Sustainability (OASIS)

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology and social development, the OASIS summit 2023 marked a significant milestone. This coalition, born out of the FOSS United Foundation and a consortium of like-minded organisations, including ASPIRe, GitHub, Tech4Dev, Tech4Good, TinkerHub, and the Tech4Good Community, aims to drive systemic changes by fostering large-scale collaboration and a culture of sharing.

Promise of FOSS Technologies

While technology has propelled us into an era of innovation and collaboration, the social development sector often lags behind in adopting innovative technology. FOSS technologies offer scalability, high quality, and low maintenance, making them highly favourable for the sector to amplify its social impact.

Genesis of OASIS

Building tech capacity in the social development sector requires an ecosystem of stakeholders, including nonprofits, tech consultants, service providers, technologists, interns, volunteers, funders, and public and private institutions. This ecosystem must raise awareness, provide education, and foster a cultural shift towards tech adoption.

OASIS Summit 2023

The OASIS summit took place on the 14th of September, 2023, at the Bangalore International Center, bringing together distinguished guests from the social and tech sectors. The summit featured engaging panel discussions, interactive workshops, and FOSS experience centres to raise awareness about FOSS and promote its adoption.


Hello everyone,

Here are the updates from us at Tech4Good Community.

FOSSFwd Programme

We have ongoing projects with organisations like Kudumbashree & Atmashakti Trust and have now kickstarted a cohort model with 5 Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies portfolio organisations- Haiyya Foundation, Vidhi Legal, Oorvani Foundation, The YP Foundation & Compassion Unlimited Plus Action

FOSS Fwd Grid

T4GC’s FOSS Fwd Grid events serve as a platform for sharing experiences, best practices, and insights into Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) implementation. Through regular hosting of these events, the goal is to cultivate a vibrant community of individuals and organisations passionate about leveraging technology for social good. To date, we have successfully organised three such events.

AWS Grid

The second Grid event, held on September 12th at the Bangalore office of our partner Amazon Web Services, was a significant gathering supported by AWS. The event brought together representatives from 20 organisations to showcase the impact of integrating technology into their organisational routines, emphasising the benefits of using Free and Open Source Software.

During the event, non-profit organisations (NPOs) shared their experiences, particularly highlighting technology gaps within their organisations. A key focus area was data, covering issues related to its collection during field visits and subsequent management. Other concerns discussed included project management, donor management, and reporting.

The event featured an awareness session on Open Source Tools, addressing topics such as cost and hosting mechanisms. Personalised demonstrations were also conducted for participants. Additionally, our partner NPO, “Way for Life,” joined the event to share their experience with the FOSSFwd program, specifically how it facilitated their inventory management requirements. These events play a crucial role in fostering collaboration, knowledge exchange, and the advancement of technology for social impact.

Virtual Grid

In addition to physical events, we also organised a virtual Grid that specifically delved into the data journeys of non-profit organisations (NPOs). This virtual event was designed to provide insights into effective data management and featured introductory sessions on Kobo Toolbox, along with live demonstrations of various workspaces on ERPNext. The event attracted the participation of over 70 nonprofit organisations, creating an expansive platform for knowledge exchange.

The focus on NPOs’ data journeys underscored the importance of understanding and optimising data-related processes within these organisations. Kobo Toolbox, a robust data collection and management tool, was introduced to offer attendees a comprehensive understanding of its capabilities and potential applications in the context of non-profit work.

Furthermore, the event included practical demonstrations of different workspaces within ERPNext, showcasing its versatility in addressing the diverse needs of NPOs. This interactive component allowed participants to gain firsthand experience and insights into how ERPNext can be tailored to enhance efficiency in various aspects of organisational management, including data handling.

FOSS India Meet Up

We were part of the FOSS 3.0, an engaging event hosted by FOSS United on 28th and 29th of October. This two-day event was tailored to cater to the interests of tech enthusiasts spanning from students to social startups.

We were part of the Experience Labs established at the venue, providing participants with firsthand insight into our work. These labs served as a dynamic platform for showcasing our projects and initiatives, sparking considerable interest among the attending students. The presentations and interactive demonstrations not only captured the attention of numerous students who expressed a keen interest in interning with us but also prompted valuable discussions on system requirements.

On the second day, our Co-Founder, Akhila Somanath, had the privilege of sharing insights alongside other panellists: Shemeer Babu, Co-Founder of Aikyam (T4G Labs); Vinay Veenu, Software Engineer at Samanvay Research and Development Foundation; Ramya Sundararajan, CEO of WeLive Foundation; and Akhilesh Negi, developer at Project Tech4Dev. Together, they explored the myriad ways in which Free and Open Source Software (#FOSS) can significantly benefit the social sector.

Akhila highlighted a prevalent challenge in the social sector, emphasising that many nonprofits often overlook forecasting their tech budgets. She underscored how FOSS presents a valuable solution in this context, offering a cost-effective and impactful alternative.

Being part of OASIS has proven to be an enriching experience, providing a platform where like-minded organisations collaborate to amplify the social impact of fantastic initiatives and social startups.

OASIS, a coalition of tech enthusiasts and social sector experts, remains steadfast in its commitment to leveraging technology for social good.

Hi everyone,

Overall updates

An overview of how December and Jan looked like at Tech4Good Community:

  1. Field visits to Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), Center for Migration and Inclusive Development (CMID) and Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM) for requirements gathering, training the field team and volunteers on products built by T4GC
  2. Outreach efforts to connect with nonprofits and social organisations that have not been engaged with previously.
  3. Focus on climate change organisations and devising technology infrastructure to amplify impact
  4. Promote understanding of the substantial advantages that the social sector can gain from utilising open source software and the potential for innovation it offers.
  5. Facilitate access to all the technology resources available for the nonprofit community. This includes available grants, free tools available for social organisations, proprietary software and their cost effective alternatives.

FOSSFwd Projects

The FOSSFwd programme commenced last year with the aim of providing non-profits access to low-cost, scalable, and customizable open-source technology. Throughout the year, we engaged with numerous organisations to implement systems such as donor management, project management, seed collection and exchange marketplace, as well as data collection and visualisation using free and open-source technology. The initial phase of each project entails assessing the organisation’s requirements and identifying existing gaps to determine the appropriate system, features, and tech stack.

Our Product Team made field visits to Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), an animal welfare organisation that has been providing rescue & relief to sick, injured and abused animals for over three decades. We interacted with the ground team at CUPA to gain insights on the operations and phenomenal work that they do. CUPA’s requirement was a comprehensive Health Care Software to enhance the management of activities in Animal Hospitals and streamline stock maintenance processes. This tool would enable the team to capture and maintain exhaustive records of animals admitted to the hospitals, track detailed medical histories, including vaccinations, prescriptions and treatment plans and assign unique identifiers to each animal for easy and accurate identification. This project is funded by Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies (RNP).

Another project we’d like to highlight is Kudumbashree - a poverty eradication and women empowerment programme implemented by the State Poverty Eradication Mission (SPEM) of the Government of Kerala. They have a Self Help Group (SHG) program, a Central Government project that will reach 7000 blocks and more than 1 crore women spanning the country. The ownership of various operations and responsibilities start from block level and goes up to the state level. After detailed and thorough analysis of their processes, we were able to identify the technology they need to support their programme and maximise their operational efficiency, and ensure data transparency to the stakeholders involved. The development is underway for this and we are very excited to get this project going!

Expanding our development capabilities

T4GC’s engineering team has expanded their development capabilities to build custom applications on the Frappe framework which allows for more flexible customization. This allows us to incorporate additional features and integrations into our FOSS projects. Currently, we have 17 active FOSS projects in progress as of January, and we are in the tech scoping phase for other organisations whose full-fledged development work is scheduled to start next month.

Collaborating with old and new friends

The T4GCxCaring Friends collaboration was established last year. We conducted an informative engaging session for 14 NGOs incubated by Caring Friends to shed light on tech budgeting, FOSS benefits, and identifying technology that can amplify impact. The aim of this session was to lend a well informed directional nudge to the non profits who are figuring out how to get started with automating their processes and expanding the scale of their operations. We conducted 1-0-1 mentoring sessions with all the non profits at the end of the session as well.

T4GC has always been proud of being a part of the OASIS coalition and advocating for the potential for free and open source software to bring about change in the social sector. In continuation of our efforts in this path, Akhila Somanath, co-founder and Chief Growth Officer was the speaker in a podcast hosted by Venkatesh Hariharan, Director of FOSS United. The podcast will be released in February and we will be sharing it with you soon!

Amplifying impact

We welcomed our new Impacts & Comms Associate - Vidya Sridhar at the start of this year and we are very excited to discover and spotlight new avenues in the technology non profit space in India. Our focus this year is capacity building and making technology accessible to social organisations in terms of cost and scalability.

Finally, we’d like to highlight that our Co-Founder and Chief Insights Officer Anusha Meher Bhargav wrote an incredible article that was published on India Development Review (IDR). This article highlights the ramifications of the climate crisis on agriculture and emphasis on reliable data in the fight against climate change. Explore this article where technology meets green. Let us know your thoughts!

Year 2024

Looking forward, we are working on acquiring a solid foundational understanding of various approaches and initiatives employed by climate change organisations to either mitigate the effects or restore ecosystems affected by climate change aftermath. Our goal this year is to cultivate innovation in climate change technology by collaborating with climate enthusiasts and pioneers in the country. Through these initiatives, T4GC will be well equipped to support climate change organisations in achieving their objectives by capaciting them in all things tech.

Call for Applications! Tech4Good Community’s Annual Climate Coalition Program

As we look at the climate data, it’s crystal clear: we need game-changing ideas to tackle climate change head-on. That’s where the Tech4Good Community Climate Coalition Program steps in – calling on 10 visionary climate tech individuals representing an Indian nonprofit organisation ready to shake up the status quo and make a real difference.

If you have an innovative product idea that could make a sector wide difference, we will work with you at no cost to ideate and build them with replicable impact for the environment, biodiversity and other pressing climate crises.

Our mission? To handpick solutions that don’t just whisper change but roar transformation, addressing environmental woes head-on.

Our tech and creative whizzes are tasked with peeling back the layers of each idea to uncover its uniqueness and inventive flair. Then, wielding their expertise to dissect the technical feasibility and scalability of each brainchild. Their analysis would pave the way to practical implementation, ensuring each idea not only dreams big but stands firm on the ground of secure tech landscapes and resources.

At the core of our selection process lies the Uniqueness to Replicability Ratio—a critical balancing act that champions ideas that are striking enough to make a mark yet adaptable enough to inspire change across multiple landscapes. Our ethos has always been that community driven impact is the hallmark of change. If apps could solve everything, it would have by now, given the sheer number of them.

On that note:
Let’s amplify sustainable impact together!

Eligibility Criteria

Product Angle

Innovation: We prioritise innovative ideas with strong scalability potential that push the boundaries of climate technology and lead to sector-wide impact.

Engineering Angle

In our engineering approach, we carefully assess resource availability and expertise for successful execution, conducting thorough life cycle assessments to gauge environmental impact and sustainability.

Program Start Date: April 25th, 2024

Application Deadline: March 25th, 2024

Application Process

  1. Apply using the application link.

  2. Undergo a due diligence call from our team.

  3. Your product idea will be evaluated post due diligence by our tech team.

  4. Parameters considered: Potential scale of product, Replicability factor.

  5. Engineering efforts and feasibility, product adoption across sub-sector evaluation.

If selected, receive a confirmation call followed by an email.

So, if you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, join forces with like-minded changemakers, and be part of something truly transformative, the time to act is now. Let’s turn ideas into action.

Apply now: Application Form for Climate Coalition 2024
For more information about The Climate Coalition click here:

Hey everyone,

Here are the updates for Feb and March from us at Tech4Good Community!

  • Development and delivery of data management systems tailored for non profit organizations
  • Launch of our flagship initiatives : Climate Coalition, FOSS4Grassroots
  • Technology Roadmap for Nonprofits workshop in partnership with SATTVA (India Partner Network)
  • Collaboration with Columbia University and Digital Ocean to leverage FOSS technology for non-profit organizations.

FOSSFwd - Building data management systems using open source framework

At present, T4GC is actively engaged in the development of 34 FOSS projects. These projects are diverse covering a spectrum of essential data management systems crucial for the efficient functioning of nonprofit organizations. Systems include donor management, HR payroll systems, volunteer management, MIS, animal husbandry software and inventory management tools. The systems are developed based on the requirements and features requested by the organization. To ensure successful project handover and adoption of the tool by the organization’s team, we conduct training sessions once the development and staging phase is completed.

We have implemented the capability to integrate Userway, a web accessibility widget, into the web applications we create. Userway serves as a web accessibility solution, ensuring compliance with various accessibility regulations like the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). In response to organization’s requests, we can now ensure that our FOSS systems are accessible to all users.

Tech4Good Community x Columbia University

T4GC is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Columbia Startup Lab this March. The Columbia Startup Lab (CSL) Soho, established in June 2014, stands as a symbol of Columbia University’s enduring commitment to innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. This dynamic hub is home to more than 500 startups and 700 Columbia alumni entrepreneurs, collectively raising over $120 million in funding and engaging in acquisitions totaling $115 million.

As part of this exciting collaboration, our first event in New York City was held in partnership with Digital Ocean, a leading cloud hosting provider. This session took place at Soho and attracted participation from nonprofits across New York. Our CTO, Tushar Badhwar and CEO, Rinju Rajan, led the session titled ‘Open Source Solutions for Climate Action.’

Launch of FOSS4Grassroots

Despite the transformative potential of technology, many grassroots nonprofits in India remain unaware of its benefits, often resorting to archaic administrative and management procedures such as paper-based documentation or conventional office tools like MS Word and Excel. Based on our extensive tech assessment surveys conducted over the past five years, it has been observed that over 18% of beneficiary organizations rely on paper-based systems, while 45% utilize MS Word or Excel for their operations.

Recognizing the need for capacity building, T4GC is thrilled to announce the launch of the FOSS4Grassroots programme tailored exclusively for grassroots organizations in India. The programme seeks to bridge this gap by introducing grassroots organizations to cost-effective, efficient, and user-friendly FOSS tools that can streamline their processes without necessitating technical expertise.

Key Components:

  • Awareness Creation: The programme kickstarted with an inaugural event titled Tech4Good x Thozhamai Grid in Chennai, designed to raise awareness about the potential of FOSS solutions among grassroots NGOs. Through interactive sessions and live demonstrations, participants will gain insights into the benefits of open-source software and its practical applications in their organizational workflows.
  • Capacity Building: A core aspect of the programme involves capacity building workshops aimed at equipping grassroots organizations with the necessary skills to leverage FOSS tools effectively. These workshops will provide step-by-step guidance on setting up and utilizing tools such as Kobo Toolbox for data collection, emphasizing efficiency, accuracy, and ease of use.
  • System Implementation: Following the workshops, participating organizations will receive ongoing support and guidance to implement FOSS solutions within their operations. This includes assistance in creating customized forms, integrating data collection processes, and centralizing data storage, thereby enhancing organizational efficiency and decision-making capabilities.

Focus on Data Collection:

One of the primary challenges faced by grassroots organizations is the tedious process of data collection, often consuming valuable resources in terms of time, manpower, and finances. To address this issue, the first event in Tamil Nadu promotes the adoption of Kobo Toolbox, an open-source, user-friendly data collection tool that offers offline and mobile capabilities. With a primary focus on empowering change-makers and fostering social impact at scale, this initiative aims to provide comprehensive technology assistance to grassroots organizations in Tamil Nadu.

Chennai event:

The launch of the FOSS4Grassroots initiative in Chennai, co-hosted by Thozhamai Chennai on Feb 29, 2024 at the Animaker office (venue sponsor) was nothing short of amazing. With 40+ nonprofits and a packed venue, the organizations actively participated, sharing insights into their work, challenges, and operations that could use a tech boost. Our Product Leads, Guru and Santhosh, seasoned KoboToolbox experts having done 100+ setups for nonprofits, gave a live demo on seamless survey and data collection. The first half of the event involved meet and greet, digital data collection deep dive, and discussions around significance and hurdles of digitizing data. Post lunch, a live demonstration of Kobo Toolbox was conducted, taking our audience through the process of creating a form, customizing the form, where our product leads used the questions and use cases posed by the audience to create the forms for survey/data collection. During this event, we discovered the primary difficulties and tech challenges encountered by grassroots communities, and proposed free and open-source software solutions that are both affordable and user-friendly to address these challenges.

Representatives from grassroot NPOs discovered the simplicity of creating forms with various options, with multilingual support all without depending on internet connectivity or any technical expertise.

Launch of Climate Coalition

T4GC launched the Climate Coalition Program powered by Rainmatter Foundation and Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies on February 23rd 2024, aimed at fostering innovation and empowering visionary leaders to tackle climate change head-on. With the urgency of addressing climate challenges becoming increasingly evident, the program seeks to create widespread impact by combining two forces: Technology and People.

The Climate Coalition Program is designed to provide 10 selected individuals with a transformative experience, offering product development and opportunities for championing climate action, capacity-building and community empowerment. This is a year long program and an exclusive cohort of climate fellows will be chosen annually. Participants will benefit from hands-on support to bring their innovative ideas to life, with a focus on creating solutions that are scalable, replicable, and adaptable to diverse contexts.

The Climate Coalition program seeks to develop 10 effective climate solutions, acting as a platform for implementing innovative ideas from climate experts that necessitate advanced technological interventions.

What sets this program apart?

  1. Eliminate duplication of efforts

Our research indicates that climate action organizations are building technology platforms and products in silos. Through the integration of disparate solutions previously isolated within silos, our program orchestrates a shift towards comprehensive, systemic impact.

  1. Open source advocacy
  • The program champions collective action through open-source technology (FOSS). This promotes transparency and collaboration within the climate tech community.
  • The products will be shared as an open-source product post-completion. Neither T4GC nor the organization will claim any rights.
  • No vendor lock-ins associated with the products developed. This approach promotes flexibility and widespread adoption of sustainable solutions.

How will T4GC support the program?

T4GC will spearhead the product development without charges, working closely with the fellows to translate their ideas into tangible products, and supervising the technological aspects to ensure the product’s usability, replicability, and scalability.

Impact and Outcomes:

  • Achieve the successful execution of a minimum of 10 sustainable initiatives, addressing critical climate challenges and making a measurable difference in year 1.

  • All systems developed for organizations in the Coalition undergo an adoption drive, extending support to other nonprofits operating in the same subsector with similar use cases. This eliminates the need to build redundant software that may already exist within the ecosystem amplifying the impact of proven solutions.

  • Participants will have the opportunity to join forces with technical stakeholders and climate leaders for real-world impact, fostering collaboration and collective action

Tech4Good Community x SATTVA collaboration

T4GC partnered with India Partner Network, an initiative of Sattva Consulting to provide capacity building workshops on FOSS tools for the non profit organizations in SATTVA’s network.

The event was a virtual workshop organized by SATTVA. Akhila Somanath, co-founder of T4GC, delved into the factors nonprofits should consider when procuring softwares. She also outlined a thorough technology roadmap for social organizations embarking on their digital transformation journey. Our Engineering Manager, Praveen Singh, explained the concept of open source software and presented case studies of nonprofit partners who have embraced technology and the advantages they’ve since experienced. Furthermore, he highlighted scenarios where technology could empower nonprofits to enhance their initiatives, streamline processes, boost efficiency, and enable scalable operations. The session also provided a detailed explanation of cloud hosting of software, the benefits and recommended options. Recording of the virtual event can be found here.

Hello everyone!

FOSSFwd Grid is back, this time with cloud hosting credits sponsored by DigitalOcean! Come join us on the 24th of April in Bengaluru to discover how technology can boost the capacity of social organisations to amplify impact. While we are at that, we will also demystify cloud hosting for you.

This is a free event that will cater to learning about FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) tools and cost effective Cloud hosting solutions for non profit organisations. DigitalOcean offers flexible cloud hosting options at affordable prices that can help organisations retain and scale their tech ecosystem sustainably.

What you will get out of the event:

  • Eligible for $2500 DigitalOcean cloud hosting credits.
  • Mentorship to improve operational efficiency with technology.
  • Our engineers will guide your organisation to manage data effectively according to your requirements.
  • Be a part of a community you can rely on for your tech requirements.
  • Get a demonstration and explore feasible and extremely easy to use FOSS tools.
  • Networking with like-minded organisations.

Deadline: 20th April 2024

Event details:

Date: 24.04.2024
Venue:Infosys Science Foundation
Time: 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM.

Register for the event by clicking here! We look forward to seeing some of you there.

Hello everyone,

It’s been a busy month at Tech4Good Community (T4GC) as our Engineering team sprint ahead with tasks to complete FOSSFwd projects. These projects entail the full lifecycle implementation of data management systems for our non-profit partners.


We welcomed Akanksha Negi, a seasoned product innovator with four years of hands-on experience and a keen understanding of user empathy as the Product Lead at Tech4Good Community. She will be leading our implementation initiatives with her stellar people management, product research and technical scoping skills.

Partnerships & Events

With the onset of a new financial year, we kick started our calendar with partnerships with DigitalOcean and collaborations on events hosted by NSRCEL and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

FOSSFWD Grid x Digital Ocean

Our flagship program FOSSFwd aims at harnessing the power of open-source software alongside cost-effective cloud solutions providing free credits to registered nonprofit organisations. To bring this programme to the masses; we conduct a series of capacity building workshops -pan India called FOSSFwd Grid.

To officiate our partnership with Digital Ocean, a leading cloud infrastructure provider known for its commitment to supporting tech initiatives for positive social impact, we conducted a FOSSFwd x Digital Ocean in Bangalore at the Infosys Science Foundation.

Here are some of the benefits for NPOs that attended the FOSSFwd Grid:

  • Cost effective solutions to enhance their operational efficiency.
  • A platform where nonprofits get to talk with the experts from tech giants like Digital Ocean.
  • Creating an awareness on the benefits of FOSS.
  • Access free credits between $1000 -$2500 worth credit points to host their system at no cost for 2 years.
  • On field demonstrations of a comprehensive system to manage donors effectively.

Feedback from our NPO partners at the event:

“The session on tech roadmap helped all the organisations to look into where they are and what they should do. Also another session on cloud security, helped understanding the different approach of non tech backgrounds. This will help us to discuss more on the topic as per everybody’s understanding. “ - Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)

“It was a wonderful event & we are looking forward to partnering on making Open source solutions more inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities.” - Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled

Impact Socials event by JP Morgan Chase &Co:

Akhila Somanath at the Impact Socials event organised by the Tech for Social Good team at JPMorgan Chase & Co., in Bengaluru on May 11, 2024. She spoke about what we do at Tech4Good Community, explaining how equipping nonprofits with technology access and boosting their capabilities has been a game-changer in amplifying their impact.

The event was packed with lightning talks and panel sessions discussing tech leaders’ crucial role in the social sector, ensuring inclusivity in technology products, and the mentorship opportunities tech experts can offer through volunteering.

Tech4Good Community’s Climate Coalition

We’re getting ready to launch the Climate Coalition Programme, powered by Rainmatter Foundation and Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. This programme seeks to collaborate with 10 climate fellows, for implementing innovative ideas from climate experts that necessitate technological interventions. The products will be shared as an open-source product post-completion.

Shortlisting is underway, through introductory calls with the applicant, market research, clarifications of the product idea, planning development time and effort. Expert panellists were part of the interview process to assess the relevance of the problem statement within India’s climate crisis landscape, evaluate the vision of the product as climate technology to combat climate change, and assess the level of innovation the product brings to climate tech. Determining the necessity and the scalability of the technological intervention to mitigate or solve the problem statement has been the central theme of our shortlisting process. Big thanks to our panellists Dr. Krithi K. Karanth, Jagdeesh Puppala, Tanya Kak, Sameer Shisodia, Gauthamraj Elango for leading us through the selection process.

We’ve been blown away by the incredible product ideas spanning agriculture, nature conservation, sustainable resources, water management, carbon footprint reduction, and conscious consumption. Watch this space for more updates!

Tech Diagnostic

Evaluating technological readiness has consistently been a vital aspect of our engagements with non-profit organisations. Employing a systematic and informed method to evaluate their tech needs is essential for our organisation like us (T4GC), which operates as an extension of the non-profit’s tech department, empowering them with technology to address their current challenges and bridge organisational gaps.

What started off as Tech Maturity Assessment has taken several shapes over the years, constantly evolving like T4GC did. As we pivoted to an open source forward organisation after realising its potential in the nonprofit sector, we redefined our tech assessment and introduced the Tech Diagnostic in April. This diagnostic tool, which is an assessment form, is curated carefully going through multiple iterations to effectively capture the basic needs, productivity enhancers, operations scalers that each organisation is posed with and their technology readiness in terms of budgets, human and skill resources. We look forward to the invaluable data we will gather through this assessment and will be sharing it in the forum here.

Improved Processes

The last month also had a string of improvements we’ve made as an organisation based on past learnings to streamline processes and communications with our non profit partners. Going from a team of 5 to 11 in a year has helped in defining key stakeholders for our initiatives. A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been formalised to detail the comprehensive process for managing FOSSFwd Projects at Tech4GoodCommunity, ensuring efficient progression from outreach to project delivery, while maintaining high-quality standards and effective communication.

Technology Needs Assessment

After delivery of the data management systems, T4GC will conduct a thorough exploratory data analysis by comparing pre-usage and post-usage responses to assess changes over time. This comparison will help identify shifts in expectations, challenges, and outcomes resulting from the implementation of systems. Based on this analysis, key insights such as user adoption, satisfaction, operational impact and areas for improvement will be identified.

Hello everyone,

Here’s a run down of the May - June activities at T4GC:

  1. Development and training of donor, project and volunteer management systems for our non profit partners
  2. Wrap up of selection process and programme launch of Climate Coalition
  3. Participation in panel discussions with other tech industry experts
  4. Impact assessment of our FOSSFwd engagement with non profits


Project update:

The Engineering Team worked on developing & configuring 10 systems on Frappe framework. These systems include donor, volunteer, survey tracking, HR, project management systems.

Impact Story: IMAGO

Background: IMAGO Global Grassroots, founded in 2014, focuses on scaling innovations on gender equity and sustainable economic opportunities for local communities through a participatory and adaptive approach. Their Unnat Agri Enterprise Program empowers rural women (Unnat didis) by connecting them with agro-processing enterprises to enhance their income opportunities. In this mission, IMAGO India has encountered several challenges with manual data management, which led to inefficiencies and inaccuracies in tracking business operations. These units needed a robust system to capture data related to purchases, production, sales, stock, inventory, and accounts. Additionally, managing member-level data for the extensive network of Unnat didis, who are crucial to the sales process, was cumbersome and prone to errors.

Post requirements gathering, T4GC developed a customised Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that provided IMAGO with the following capabilities:

  • Capture detailed operational data including purchase records, production volumes, sales data, and stock inventory.
  • Manage member-level information by tracking the demographic profiles and sales performance of Unnat didis.
  • Financial data tracking by Incorporating all accounts-related data such as expenses, cash flow, and balance sheets.
  • Data visualisation featuring dashboards and report generation capabilities for a comprehensive view of operations.

After a successful proof of concept at 1 IMAGO centre, we are now deploying the ERP system across all 50 centres in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. Through these systems, IMAGO has access to a holistic view of all the active centres where the programme is implemented, collaboration between field staff, and a centralised dashboard that enables the admin team to monitor each enterprise effectively, ensuring real-time visibility into operations and performance metrics.

Github Constellation 2024

Akhila Somanath, our Co Founder spoke at the GitHub Constellation 2024- GitHub’s developer conference in Bengaluru, celebrating the Indian developer community. She joined other tech leaders in discussing how open source communities drive social change. With a keynote address by Thomas Dohmke, CEO of GitHub and over 500 participants in attendance, it was a fantastic showcase of collaboration. For 5 years, we’ve been all-in as tech allies for non-profits, unlocking solutions that make a real impact. Last year, we found the magic in open source tech- the perfect fit for the social sector. Now, with our FOSSFwd program, we’re spreading the word about the power of Free and Open Source Software tailored for non-profits.

Climate Coalition

On June 5th, we announced the 2024 cohort of our Climate Coalition programme.

We are thrilled to join forces, share knowledge, and create innovative tech products to power up climate change initiatives across the country.

The potential impact of the tech products that will be built in the Coalition are underlined below:

Empowering Farmers with Technology: Mobile app for farmers, developed by Organic Mandya, offers real-time tracking of the harvest lifecycle and financial management tools. It provides tailored educational resources on organic farming and pest control, enhancing productivity and promoting sustainable practices.

Optimising Water Resource Management: Streamlines progress tracking and impact assessment in watershed management. It enables precise tracking and assessment of interventions, optimising water usage and enhancing ecosystem resilience against climate change.

Revolutionising Waste Management: A dedicated waste management platform for the recycling industry. This platform captures the impact of the recycling process and modifies practices for sustainable recycling, reducing textile waste and promoting a circular economy.

Enhancing Biodiversity Conservation: Comprehensive data on India’s wildlife sanctuaries. It features visualised biodiversity insights and a ranking system to enhance park management and their effectiveness as carbon sinks.

Advancing Sustainable Public Transport: The DPI for public transport includes data standards, open APIs, and a marketplace for digital contracting and payment settlement. This initiative makes public transport systems more efficient and passenger-friendly, reducing emissions and traffic congestion.

Fostering Rural Economic Resilience: A technology platform to transition rural communities to a circular economy model. By identifying local entrepreneurship opportunities and providing training and support, it fosters economic resilience, reduces waste, and promotes sustainable business practices.

Leveraging technology for grassroots

Our Impact Associate Vidya Sridhar, chronicled our insights and experiences from assisting grassroots organisations in a new article published in the Social Innovation Journal’s July Edition, titled Leveraging Digital Access for - Equity, Grassroots Empowerment & Sustainable Development. This article explores the transformative potential of digitising operations at the grassroots, focusing on data management-driven frameworks and capacity-building initiatives to strengthen their operational efficiency.

Read more of the article here - View of Unlocking the Potential of Grassroot Initiatives Using Data