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Volunteers at Philly GiveCamp gave nonprofits $155K in technical services over the weekend

“This is definitely the best year we've had,” said GiveCamp organizer Kayla Heineman.

About 100 volunteers came to the aid of 30 nonprofits in need of technical help. (Photo courtesy of Philly GiveCamp)

About 100 volunteers from the furthest reaches of the Northeast (well, as far as Baltimore and Arlington, Va., at least) made the journey to Microsoft’s Malvern office last weekend.
They were there for this year’s Philly GiveCamp, lending their civic hacking skills to 29 nonprofits in dire need of some technical help.
Last we checked with GiveCamp, registration for volunteers and nonprofits had already been maxed out (70 nonprofits applied, only 30 were accepted). Despite a few scheduling setbacks due to hazardous travel conditions, the horde of volunteers who trudged through the icy weekend weather ended up developing some really awesome stuff.
“This is definitely the best year we’ve had,” said GiveCamp organizer Kayla Heineman.
While most of the nonprofits received web development services (some invested in paid WordPress themes, others had custom sites built for them) other organizations like Hendricks House were transitioned to new CRM tools from old Excel databases.
Overall, GiveCamp organizers estimated that over $155K in technical services were provided to nonprofits over the span of the three-day charity hackathon.
“We researched the average price freelancers/developers would charge a customer for a similar project to what we delivered,” Heineman wrote via email. “We broke the projects down to a few different project types. We then added up the number of projects and came up with that number.”
Example: Compeer Delaware is one of the nonprofits that came to GiveCamp this year without a website at all. Check it out now.
At the end of the weekend, GiveCamp gave away four prizes to hackers deemed most worthy, including three $50 Amazon gift cards, a Chromecast, a Quadcopter and an Acer Aspire laptop.

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