The Ada Initiative, a women’s nonprofit that was the brainchild of Australian Mary Gardiner and Californian Valerie Aurora and was launched to be a diversity advocate in the tech industry, is closing. After struggling to find an executive director, Gardiner pointed out that they soon realized that they “were too big for ourselves.” While many other organizations that raise awareness around the lack of diversity in the tech field exist, the Ada Initiative was known for not compromising its values to get corporate sponsorship and donations. Other emerging nonprofits in the tech sector, such as the Online Abuse Prevention Initiatives, are facing similar problems, such as considering balancing nonprofit management with actual change as well as getting companies to provide meaningful financial assistance. Through open-sourcing resources such as allies workshops, AdaCamp for women, and codes of conduct, the duo made the choice to let the tech community continue AdaCamp’s work itself.
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