Powered by Data helps non-profits get the information they need to succeed.

Our vision

Non-profits work to change the world, but they also work in a changing world. Anywhere you look — from a commuter looking up directions on their smartphone to an executive presenting in a boardroom — you can see how data increasingly shapes our world. The way our society handles information is changing, and with any change comes an opportunity for progress.

The non-profit sector should be capitalizing on that opportunity. We should be creating a data environment where it’s easy for communities to share their knowledge, for organizations to improve their work and for funders to understand their impact. That kind of sector will require new technology. But more importantly, it will require a new mindset.

Sharing and using data shouldn’t be another burden imposed on non-profits. It should be a time-saving, effortless and valuable part of the work they do every day. Powered by Data is working with key stakeholders, particularly in philanthropy and government, to make that possible. Together, we can create a data environment that empowers the social sector.

Our story

Powered by Data was started by Ajah, a Montreal-based software company that builds tools for Canadian non-profits. They wanted to use their expertise in technology and open data to help the social sector as a whole. The initiative has since grown into a project of Tides Canada.

We focus on systemic and policy solutions that benefit the sector as a whole, rather than specific technologies or applications. That’s why we work with key stakeholders, particularly in philanthropy and government, to open up data and increase the sector's capacity to use information effectively. Our approach combines consulting, technical collaboration, research and advocacy to achieve those goals.

Powered by Data operates on Tides Canada’s shared platform, which supports on-the-ground efforts to create uncommon solutions for the common good. Tides Canada is a national Canadian charity dedicated to a healthy environment, social equity and economic prosperity.

Tides Canada’s shared platform provides governance, human resources, financial and grant management for leading environmental and social projects across Canada, allowing projects to more effectively achieve their missions. Tides Canada has full fiduciary and governance responsibility for Powered by Data.

Powered by Data is committed to principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity. For more information please see Tides Canada’s Accessibility Policy and Plan.