Shannon Farley

I focus on the intersection of tech for good, women’s rights, and human rights. I am the co-founder and Executive Director of Fast Forward, the accelerator for tech nonprofits. Prior to Fast Forward, I was the founding Executive Director of Spark, the world's largest network of Millennial philanthropists. I also co-founded The W. Haywood Burns Institute, a MacArthur Award-winning juvenile justice reform organization. I write about tech trends, diverse leaders, and the future of social good in Forbes, TechCrunch, and Recode. I co-authored a how-to guide for social impact startups. It's available for free at





Tech is ubiquitous. Tech solutions for social problems are not. An emerging class of startups is building tech to solve these social problems. They are tech nonprofits. Fast Forward bridges the tech and nonprofit sectors to build capacity for tech nonprofits, so they can scale solutions to our world’s most urgent problems. As the first and only organization focused exclusively on scaling startups that combine the best tech with sustainable nonprofit business models, Fast Forward’s mission is to accelerate impact.

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