Jodi Lee Foundation – Streamlining their fundraising process through a custom web application.

INDUSTRY:

Not-For-Profit


SERVICES:

Advisory, Web Development

 

SOLUTIONS:

  • Create custom web application for event management.
  • Move to WordPress for general content management.
  • Integration of two systems.

About

Jodi Lee Foundation (JLF) are a not-for-profit bowel cancer prevention charity. Their focus is to raise awareness about bowel cancer, empower people to act quickly on symptoms and to educate them on the steps to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The Challenge

As a not-for-profit organisation, fundraising plays a crucial part in ensuring Jodi Lee Foundation continue the work that they do. The core web application that was being used for these fundraising activities was a Content Management System (CMS) called Drupal.

Although powerful, their implementation of Drupal was clunky to work with and simple tasks ended up requiring significant manual effort to complete.

Every step of the fundraising process (managing the number of events, registrations, processing donations etc.) was time intensive and very inefficient, resulting in increased labour costs.

Our Solution

Working closely with Jodi Lee Foundation, we gained a deep understanding of how their business operated. This allowed us to provide tailored advice on how to tackle this challenge head on.

Through our analysis of their processes, we concluded that there were more suitable and efficient systems available that better aligned with the way that JLF operated and would assist them in achieving their vision. As a forward thinking not-for-profit, they needed to have the flexibility to grow and move with their target audience, and implement any changes efficiently.

We proposed two things:

  1. That they move away from Drupal and to another Content Management System (CMS) called WordPress. WordPress was much better suited to the skill set of their team, which allowed them to more easily manage their website content as they needed.
  2. To develop a custom web application to provide a streamlined user experience and to significantly increase the efficiency of managing events, registrations and donations.

The Result

  • A streamlined event management process.
  • Reduced labour costs.
  • Overall reduced ongoing development costs.
  • Two well-integrated systems that could do their intended jobs efficiently.
  • Streamlined event registration experience for the end user.

Today, their fundraising and event management processes has changed dramatically.

People wanting to join a JLF fundraising event as a participant can log onto their website, select the campaign they would like to join and enter their details directly. For fundraising, they are also able to share their profile directly to their personal networks, where people can make payments directly on the website.

The Takeaway

When you’ve been immersed in doing things the same way, day in and day out for so long, it can sometimes be difficult to envisage how you might do things differently and the possibilities that might exist.

That’s why it’s important to get a fresh pair of eyes that have seen different industries and software to analyse what you are doing and identify ways to be more efficient. That way you have the chance to compare your current labour costs against the possibility of automation and the benefits they bring in the long term.

In the case of the Jodi Lee Foundation, they proved that the benefits of change far outweighed the costs incurred from maintaining a system that no longer served their needs.

If you find that your systems or software isn’t optimal to the way your business operates, contact us today and let an expert developer figure out the best solution for you!

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