Youth Development

NATIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

aka NCWIT

Boulder, CO

Mission

Although women today comprise half the world's population and more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small role in inventing the technology of tomorrow. Capitalizing on the power of gender diversity can yield a larger and more competitive information technology (IT) workforce, and in a world dependent on innovation, it can enable the design of technology that is as influential and extensive as the populations it serves.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community that convenes, equips, and unites change leader organizations to increase the meaningful participation of all women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.

Before NCWIT was chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation, programs focusing on women and computing existed mostly in isolation — without the benefit of shared best practices, effective resources, communication with others, or national reach. Today, these programs are part of the NCWIT community, creating a far greater impact than if institutions acted alone.

NCWIT uses a three-pronged strategy to improve awareness and knowledge, and motivate change leaders to act.

1. NCWIT Convenes.
NCWIT brings together men and women change leaders who carry out projects and initiatives in support of NCWIT's mission. They represent nearly 900 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations that are grouped into five Alliances. These change leaders convene annually at the NCWIT Summit — a three-day event where collaboration leads to action and produces positive results for others to follow.

2. NCWIT Equips.
NCWIT provides free, online research-based resources for reform at every level to help individuals implement change, raise awareness, and reach out to critical populations. These resources are frequently cited by national media outlets and widely distributed through outreach events and members' networks.

3. NCWIT Unites.
NCWIT develops programs for members to achieve goals focused on policy reform, image change, outreach to underrepresented groups, and more. These programs unify change leaders in an action-oriented movement to create national change.

Please Join Us
NCWIT offers opportunities for engagement suited to a variety of goals and activities related to girls and women in computing: recruitment, retention, promotion, outreach, education, brand recognition, company culture, and advocacy. Partnering with NCWIT signals commitment to the national priority of increasing U.S. participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and careers. Your participation with NCWIT helps build a national (and increasingly international) infrastructure that results in a broad, immediate impact. Corporate sponsorship and individual donations for NCWIT match financial support from the National Science Foundation, creating a true public-private partnership.

Ruling Year

2004

CEO and Co-Founder

Lucinda Sanders

Chairman of the Board

Brad Feld

Main Address

University of Colorado at Boulder UCB 417

Boulder, CO 80309 USA

Keywords

Computing Technology Coding Women Girls Computer Science STEM Diversity Innovation CS

EIN

68-0591481

 Number

4138863491

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Aspirations in Computing

Pacesetters

Extension Services

Counselors for Computing

Heroes Entrepreneurial Interviews

Workforce Alliance

Academic Alliance

K-12 Alliance

Entrepreneurial Alliance

Affinity Alliance

Social Science Advisory Board

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EngageCSEdu

TECHNOLOchicas

NCWIT Summit

NCWIT Resources

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Our Results

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Increase membership base each year

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

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Context notes

Between 2015 and 2016, NCWIT membership grew by 27%, and between 2014 and 2015, NCWIT membership grew by 15%. *Note: NCWIT members are organizations, not individuals.

Distribute 30-50K resources annually, increase the number of resource downloads.

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NCWIT Resources

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In 2016, NCWIT distributed over 214,468 hardcopy resources and there were 26,364 resource downloads.

Increase the number of NCWIT press and blog mentions.

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Population(s) served

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Context notes

In 2015, NCWIT was mentioned in 266 press mentions, a 7% increase since 2014. This also broke the record for most NCWIT press mentions in a single year.

At least 75% of members report active engagement with NCWIT.

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Population(s) served

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In 2016, 91% of respondents were actively involved with NCWIT or NCWIT alliances at least once.

Members report organizational changes occurring related to NCWIT membership.

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Our results show that 63 percent of Member Survey respondents reported that their organization enacted some form of change in 2015. (This metric is collected every other year).

Members learn something new or utilize a strategy because of an NCWIT resource

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In 2016, 75% of respondents indicated learning from a resource – the same figure observed in 2015.

Members learn something new as a result of their affiliation with NCWIT

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Population(s) served

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In 2016, an impressive 92% of respondents “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed that they learned new ideas as a result of their affiliation with NCWIT.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of nearly 900 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase girls' and women's meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.

The NCWIT Theory of Change identifies the necessary conditions for change, while supporting action that accomplishes sustained reform of social systems. NCWIT puts its Theory into practice through the NCWIT Three-pronged Strategy. The Strategy aims to improve awareness and knowledge, and motivate change leaders to act. Thus, the Strategy works to ensure the necessary “pre-states" in change leaders to make their own individual changes and to initiate organizational changes to bring about sustained systemic change.

Through staff expertise and activities, NCWIT acts as the backbone for coordinating, supporting, and accelerating members' collective impact:

NCWIT convenes: NCWIT brings together men and women change leaders who carry out projects and initiatives in support of NCWIT's mission. They represent nearly 900 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations that are grouped into five Alliances. These change leaders convene annually at the NCWIT Summit — a three-day event where collaboration leads to action and produces positive results for others to follow.

NCWIT equips: NCWIT provides free, online research-based resources for reform at every level to help individuals implement change, raise awareness, and reach out to critical populations. These resources are frequently cited by national media outlets and widely distributed through outreach events and members' networks.

NCWIT unites: NCWIT develops programs for members to achieve goals focused on policy reform, image change, outreach to underrepresented groups, and more. These programs unify change leaders in an action-oriented movement to create national change

Our capabilities include
1) a national membership of nearly 900 change leader organizations
2) a research network of over 25 distinguished gender/computing research scientists
3) 35 full time staff
4) support from the National Science Foundation, other major research institutions, and corporations
5) a distinguished Board of Directors

NCWIT has contracted to the University of Washington's Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity for its external evaluation. They provide a full report each year with information regarding our current metrics and recommendations for improving our strategies.

Please see the Annual Report section to view our development sheets for progress thus far.

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Financials

NATIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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