Applications open for GiveCamp NWA 2019 (Press release)

This is a press release I wrote for GiveCamp NWA, which I’m on the board for.

Applications open for GiveCamp NWA 2019

Event provides free tech solutions for local nonprofits

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—Local nonprofits can now apply for free tech solutions from GiveCamp NWA, a Northwest Arkansas organization that serves fellow nonprofits. Applications for GiveCamp NWA 2019 opened Monday, July 8, and will end at 11:59 pm on Monday, August 5, officials announced.

GiveCamp NWA is an organization that hosts an annual, weekend-long event of the same name where technology and creative professionals volunteer to provide free technology solutions to approved nonprofits. Nonprofits can apply at https://www.givecampnwa.org

Only 501c3 organizations that are both located in Arkansas and serve Northwest Arkansas in some way will be considered. The project that is requested but also deemed feasible to complete during the weekend event. GiveCamp NWA 2019 is October 4-6 in Rogers. An average of 10 nonprofits are usually selected each year.

“Usually what nonprofits ask for is a new website, but we have been able to branch out into other technology and creative assets including coding for a virtual ‘waiting room’ and logo design,” said Chris Whittle, GiveCamp NWA board president. “We look forward to possibly branching out into more projects for local nonprofits.”

One of 2018 nonprofits was the Arkansas Early Childhood Association, which needed an updated website.

“The Arkansas Early Childhood Education has benefited tremendously from our complete website renovation. The membership database plug-in alone has increased our membership renewals 10-fold per month since its launch,” said AECA President Debbie Mays. “Our beautiful new website is a great representation of amazing educators we represent. We are forever grateful to (our GiveCamp team).”

Brian Miller, president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Ozark Roundtable, shared about the website and logo their GiveCamp team developed.

“Our local roundtable struggled with its identity for decades and with the help of these professionals, we were able to not only create our individual identity, we now have an amazing website!  This tool has impacted our ability to grow our membership base by 12 percent,” he said.

The I’ll Fly Away Foundation was another 2018 nonprofit recipient.

“The team of professionals at GiveCamp NWA helped to modernize the I’ll Fly Away Foundation website and make it more user-friendly,” said Kevin, Bernier, co-founder. “They also taught us how to update the website on our own so we can continually add new information.”

Jamie Smith, GiveCamp NWA board member, said that applications for volunteers will open in August, once the organizing committee has a better feel for the project needs. Organizers are also actively recruiting sponsors for the event.

Information about volunteering and sponsoring is also available on the GiveCampNWA website. Writers, web designers, developers, and project managers are all needed to make this event a success. Sponsors can donate in-kind items or make a financial donation.

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