One of dozens of GiveCamps nationwide, Grand Rapids GiveCamp is a weekend-long event in Grand Rapids, Michigan where technology professionals – designers, developers, database administrators, marketers, and web strategists – donate their time to provide free technology solutions for non-profit organizations. GR GiveCamp is a volunteer-run organization, working in partnership with the SoftwareGR, that connects technology professionals with nonprofit organizations.
Through GR GiveCamp, non-profit organizations with specific technology needs are matched with teams of local technology professionals who volunteer their time over the course of one weekend to develop free technology solutions such as new websites, databases, e-newsletter programs, and social media campaigns.
Staff and resources at nonprofit organizations are stretched thin. GiveCamp provides technology solutions to support program, outreach, development, and operational objectives for nonprofits who may not otherwise be able to afford them.
- Does your non-profit need a new website?
- Time to escape those Excel spreadsheets and get a real donor database?
- Trying to figure out how to build your social media presence?
Some organizations may need a new website or a renewal of an old one. For others, GiveCamp helps them make the leap from Excel spreadsheets to true donor databases. And for still others, this is an opportunity to think strategically, with the help of a consultant, about their social media presence or e-mail marketing. This is about matching the needs of non-profits with the talent of our local technology-loving community.
Any 501(3) can apply to participate in GiveCamp. Accepted non-profits will be matched with a project liaison prior to GiveCamp who will help them shape their project and answer any critical questions to ensure the weekend is a success.
For volunteers, GiveCamp provides a unique opportunity to connect with the local tech community. A typical GiveCamp draws 75 to 100 volunteers. Individuals can work with their colleagues in company teams, or they can opt to be matched with fellow volunteers who have complementary skill sets.
Everyone is welcome to head home for the evenings – but there are always the diehards who work from Friday kickoff straight through Sunday afternoon. Food and drinks, especially of the caffeinated variety, are provided, along with game systems for breaks.
Would you like to be part of this experience? Applications are open for non-profits, volunteers, and we’re still looking for sponsors! We hope you’ll join us.