Community Tech Network envisions an Internet with equitable access to inclusive and diverse content and technical support.
Our mission is to transform lives through digital equity.
A world where individuals are empowered to use technology to thrive in connected and flourishing communities.
Committed to strengthening community integrity by enabling all people access to the vital digital infrastructure.
We strive to create innovative and creative solutions to maximize our impact.
Our stakeholders know that we provide high-quality, consistent support with integrity, clear communication, and compassion.
We adapt our approach to community-specific needs— providing training, communications, and program content respectfully. We embrace unique perspectives and experiences.
We welcome and work with a diverse range of people— no matter their age, background, income-level, or primary language. We’re determined to empower and prioritize those who have been left behind.
We provide opportunities for people to feel empowered and equipped. We collaborate with partners, funders, clients, and staff members to understand unique needs.
Measuring its impact, CTN surveys show that clients had more access to health information (76%); felt more connected to friends and family (69%); felt more confident living independently (69%); had a better quality of life (72%); and felt happier in general (73%). Also, due to Home Connect’s success, CTN has replicated the program to support its partners to connect their clients to the internet, many of whom are low-income and lack digital literacy skills.
CTN by the numbers since 2017
HOURS OF INSTRUCTION
Our origins can be traced back to 2001 when we started as a program of TechSoup (then called CompuMentor) to address a rapidly growing need for public digital literacy training. In 2007, a community survey indicated an ongoing need for CTN’s digital literacy work, and the transition to charitable status was made. In 2008, Community Tech Network gained its 501(c)3 nonprofit status and became an independent nonprofit organization with grant support from the Full Circle Fund.
The internet has become a central aspect of everyday life. Access to it is no longer a privilege but a right. To meet the increased need, CTN has adapted our model, expanded our team, and widened our reach. In 2017, we spread our sphere of influence beyond San Francisco to the Central Texas area. In 2020 we transformed our programming structure to accommodate remote learning.
Today, CTN is led by an active and diverse Board of Directors comprising community leaders, business leaders, and technology advocates from local nonprofits in both the San Francisco and Austin areas. With more partners, staff members, learners, and volunteers than ever before, CTN is excited to amplify our impact as we seek new partnerships across the nation.
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Our talented team comes from a variety of backgrounds and locations. They are passionate about bringing digital equity to marginalized communities. Many of our employees work completely remotely. Interested in joining the team? Click here to learn more.
DIGITAL LITERACY TRAINERS
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CTN is led by an active and diverse Board of Directors comprised of community leaders, business leaders, and technology advocates from both the San Francisco and Austin areas. Learn how you can join our board.
University of San Francisco, Professor
Curry Senior Center, Executive Director
San Francisco Foundation, Operations Manager Philanthropy & Gift Services
Teacup, Founder & CEO
Blink, Director of Project Management
Since its inception, CTN has grown its scope from a few partners in San Francisco to over 50 that span the wider Bay Area and Austin, TX. Our partners are housing developments, senior centers, recreation centers, libraries and social service agencies. The common factor among all our partners is they are trusted places where people go for services and support. We recognize the need in both cities for the service we provide (train the trainer, curriculum development, staff capacity building and evaluation) specifically to address the basic digital literacy needs in the community. Here is a list of our current partners:
Aging and Adult Service Agency
Bayanihan Equity Center
Bayview Senior Services: Rosa Parks Senior Center, Western Addition Senior Center, Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center
Canon Kip Senior Center
Center For Elders’ Independence
Curry Senior Center
Golden Gate Senior Services: Castro Senior Center, Richmond Senior Center
Institute on Aging
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)
Meals On Wheels San Francisco
Open House SF
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.
Piedmont Gardens (Humangood)
Senior & Disability Action
Seniors At Home
Western Addition Senior Center
Social Service Agency
Asian Pacific American Community Center (APACC)
Booker T Washington Community Service Center
Centro Latino De San Francisco
Community Living Campaign (CLC)
Community Music Center
IT Bookman Community Center
Lutheran Support Services
Mission Neighborhood Centers
Native American Health Center
OnLok: 30th Street Senior Center, Rose Center
Sequoia Living: Downtown Senior Center, Aquatic Park Senior Center, Eastern Park Apartments
South of Market Health Center
Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center
UCSF – Mt. Zion
West County Community Services (WCCS)
YMCA: Chinatown, Richmond
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
City of Oakland
City of San Jose
City of Sunnyvale
San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco Public Library
Affordable Housing Provider
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Centers
Home Rise (formerly Community Housing Partnership)
San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC)
Tabernacle Community Development Corporation (TCDC)
Tenderloin Housing Clinic
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC)
With the valued support of our generous funders, Community Tech Network remains poised at the forefront of technological empowerment and education in the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, TX. We invite the support of any individual or organization that recognizes alignment between our mission and their own. We welcome contributions of time, resources, information, financing, and services, and are always happy to discuss possibilities with our supporters.
California Consumer Protection Foundation
City & County of San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services
City & County of San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
Consumer Technology Association Foundation
Okta for Good
St David’s Foundation
$25,000 – $49,999
City of Austin
Crescent Porter Hale Foundation
The Henry Mayo Newhall Found
$10,000 – $24,999
The Barrios Trust
The Christensen Fund
Clover Health Labs
Full Circle Fund
Junior League of San Francisco
Latino Community Foundation
$500 – $9,999
Beneficial State Bank
Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund
We are also very fortunate to have many generous individual donors. If you would like to contribute to our work of closing the digital divide, visit our donation page.