Grand Rapids GiveCamp connects nonprofits to $250K in tech services
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.”
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
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
On My Own
Otsego County Commission on Aging
SPCA of Southwest Michigan
Steepletown Neighborhood Services
Thrive: A Refugee Support Program