Technology resources for nonprofits can be tough to come by. As a veteran of the nonprofit world, I can attest to this as even after I squeezed out a nonprofit discount for a software product, it still meant that it was way out of my budget.
EduSource, a custom software company based in Indianapolis, is listening and aware of those challenges, and they’ve decided to give back with their own product and support.
Branded as “Software for Good,” EduSource has launched a campaign to assist one nonprofit organization with $25,000 in support through a custom software project. To apply, nonprofits must submit their application to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on May 25.
As a custom software company, EduSource is used to listening to challenges and coming up with creative solutions. Their business relies on those challenges so their talented and creative tech staff can come up with new, innovative ways to solve problems. “It’s the nature of a custom software business,” said Jason Beutler, founder of EduSource. “As hard as we try to coordinate things exactly, we occasionally have software engineers on the bench. Maybe a project got completed earlier than expected or we’re waiting for a client to answer questions. Our go-to solution is to have them work on internal projects. But this year, we want to use that time to give back to the community.”
This Software for Good initiative is the first of its kind for the EduSource team, but it’s not the first time the company has engaged in creative efforts to focus on social good. While the core staff includes 20 full time employees, EduSource also invests in youth by hiring student apprentices from local universities to work with the company for up to two years while they’re in school, working alongside the EduSource software engineering teams. Meaning, while EduSource is creatively solving problems, they are living the “social good” motto just as much as they support it through this new initiative.
Interested nonprofits should include a custom software idea in their application. EduSource specializes in web applications and interpreting data. Specific project ideas could include: moving overtaxed Excel documents into a web app, producing reports from data, creating a web app to keep track of information, or getting financial software to integrate with a CRM. If a problem isn’t yet in project stage or is more of a challenging issue or idea, companies are encouraged to give plenty of information about a problem that technology could potentially solve.
To apply for the Software for Good initiative, licensed nonprofits should send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “Software for Good,” and the following information:
- Name of nonprofit organization and brief description
- Description of custom software needs (this can be somewhat vague, but priority will be given to specific plans)
- Explanation of how the software could change lives
- Contact info for follow-up questions
To review other details and for more general information, visit this blog post on EduSource.us. Applications should be entered by midnight on May 25, 2018, to be included for consideration.