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Grand Rapids GiveCamp connects nonprofits to $250K in tech services

November 20, 2014
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Grand Rapids GiveCamp connects nonprofits to $250K in tech services
The annual Grand Rapids GiveCamp event brings together the technology community to provide a weekend of free services to nonprofits. Courtesy GiveCamp

Grand Rapids GiveCamp recently produced an exhausting and successful weekend for 15 nonprofits and the tech community.

“We want to help”

The fifth-annual event this month featured generous and sleep-deprived volunteers spending an entire weekend providing free technology services to nonprofits at Open Systems Technologies' office in Grand Rapids.

The event provided the group of nonprofits with about $250,000 worth of technology work.

“These nonprofit organizations are doing really great and inspiring work in the community,” said Janson Hartliep, co-president, Grand Rapids GiveCamp. “But they need technology solutions, and we are all here this weekend, because we want to help. Our volunteers just want to give back.”

Sample project

One of the nonprofits that was helped this year was the Kent County Parks Foundation, which received training in social media and website improvements.

The foundation was “absolutely blown away” by the talent at the event, said Pattijean McCahill, executive director of the foundation.

McCahill said the social media project included personal coaching by two social media professionals and training on how to implement the plan.

“Our organization has very limited resources — both financial and staff — to otherwise complete this kind of work,” McCahill said. “But through the projects completed at GiveCamp, we can move the needle in achieving our mission and improve our organizational capacity."

Nonprofits at Grand Rapids GiveCamp 2014

Carol’s Ferals

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore

Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation

Health Net of West Michigan

Kent County Parks Foundation

LGBT Network of West Michigan

Mediation Services

MomsBloom

On My Own

Otsego County Commission on Aging

Software GR

SPCA of Southwest Michigan

Steepletown Neighborhood Services

Thrive: A Refugee Support Program

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