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Stripe Integration & Web Development

Interest for Others enables online donations to numerous charities by using a website and donor management system built by Emergent Software.

Client Summary

Interest for Others Foundation encourages generosity and community spirit by giving bank customers a way to donate earned bank interest to charities they love. In 2013, retired attorney Bill Dolan was struck with that question and bright idea. Make it easy for people to donate their earned interest to charity, and by adding together their small amounts, empower them to make a big difference for others. That‘s how Interest for Others Foundation (IFOF) was born. It’s a little way to do a lot of good.

Project Overview

To make Bill's idea a reality, IFOF knew they would need a software development team with a variety of skills to partner with them on their journey. They would rely on technology to engage potential donors online, collect donations electronically, and report donation activity to enrolled charities. All of these tasks had to be automated to cut down on overhead cost and maximize the organization’s charitable giving.

Emergent Software was brought in early on the project to help determine what software tools were the best fit for the job. The team designed an online donation form that could integrate with Stripe.com and Plaid.com to enable donors to give using a checking account, credit card, or Apple Pay. Emergent could also develop a website, back the site with a Content Management System to allow for simple site maintenance, and build a database to track and report donations for IFOF and its enrolled charity organizations. Once the IFOF leadership team saw the possibilities of an automated system that could do the heavy lifting for them, the project was full steam ahead!

“Emergent has been a great partner for our start-up organization. They listen carefully to our business needs, quickly translate them into functional requirements, and then promptly develop & deliver the software. Since our business is evolving, Emergent is careful to anticipate future needs and build flexibility into their software deliverable. We have found Emergent staff to be very collegial and highly professional."

Mark Greene, Ph.D
CEO, Interest for Others

IFOF’s website, designed by L.N. Design Co, beautifully displays how small donations can go a long way. Emergent worked with the designers to create a responsive site that features captivating video and animation. The site also adapts to any size device allowing customers to donate from mobile phones. The site can be updated and maintained almost entirely by administrative staff at IFOF thanks to the use of an Umbraco Content Management System.

Just as important as the website is the system behind it. Using .NET and SQL Server, the team built a system that tracks donors and donations, reports account balances for each of the enrolled charities, and uses email alerts to notify appropriate parties of significant giving events. This system provides the transparency charities need to feel comfortable putting their brand on the IFOF website.

Emergent Software is proud to be part of making this unique system a reality. We look forward to helping you figure out how to make your ideas possible too. Call us today!

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