Coding it Forward
A GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, project managers and business analysts donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. This custom software could be a new website for your nonprofit organization, a small data-collection application to keep track of members, or an application that sends out reminder emails. The only limitation is that the project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend. If you don’t know if your idea can be completed in a weekend, give us as many details as you can in the form below and we will review them.
Success for each charity depends on a couple of things, but all starts with involvement. It’s critical that members of the charity be available before, during and after the event to ensure that your development team is successful. If your organization is selected, the following requirements are made:
A representative from your charity must attend the kick-off meeting on Friday afternoon. This person should be knowledgeable about the proposal document and the work that our developers are being asked to do. At least one representative from your charity must be available either in person or by phone during the weekend so that any questions about the website can be answered and the team has the information they need to complete their assigned tasks. Lastly, at least one member of the Charity must attend the demo on Sunday afternoon to see the results and take possession of the updated website code.
- A representative from your charity must attend the orientation meeting that occurs approximately 6 weeks prior to the weekend.
- A representative from your charity must attend the kick-off meeting on Friday afternoon. This person should be knowledgeable about the proposal document and the work that our developers are being asked to do.
- At least one representative from your charity must be available either in person or by phone during the weekend so that any questions about the website can be answered and the team has the information they need to complete their assigned tasks.
- Lastly, at least one member of the Charity must attend the demo on Sunday afternoon to see the results and take possession of the updated website code.
It goes without saying that the most successful charity projects result from a strong commitment to participate by members of the charity, so you’re strongly encouraged to be on site each day.
If you already have your own hardware or a hosting provider, you will be provided with instructions on how to deploy your new application. If not, we are asking for sponsorship from local and national hosting providers to provide hosting for free or at a discounted rate.
We will select the number of charities to be helped based on the number of developer volunteers we receive. We will support as many charities as we can and it is highly dependent on number of volunteers we have. If you are one of the charities that are selected, a GiveCamp business analyst will contact you to finalize your design requirements. The selected charities will be published to the GiveCamp website on Aug 19th. Selected charities will also be emailed to confirm their participation and an additional meeting with the assigned Business Analyst will be set up.
- May 8: First Round GiveCamp application submission opens
- June 16: First Round applications due
- June 30: Email notifications for charities selected to move to 2nd round application process
- July 3: Second application opens
- August 11: Second round applications due
- August 18: GiveCamp Charities notified
The Institute was very fortunate to work with a great team from Dallas GiveCamp that went out of its way to help us design an excellent website that produced results immediately. The website played a key role in landing a substantial contract with the Texas Department of Agriculture and raise donations from other Foundations and donors. The professional image and great navigation was critical in attracting the right eyeballs to the website, and establishing the confidence that audiences want to see in order to do business with a startup like ours.
We are also thankful for the team’s extra work in developing a new company logo for us, establishing the foundation for brand management, and taking the time in educating our management team as to what it takes to update and maintain the website. The team’s hard work, enthusiastic participation, and wonderful people skills have impressed all us. We have nothing but praises and great things to say about our experience with the Dallas GiveCamp organization and its partners. Thank you!Debra Lindsay Fortner