Life Quilt Foundation is the outcome of a September 11, 2010 meeting of family and friends sitting around a dining room table in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood to discuss how we could help make the world a better place by sharing our talents and treasures.
Our name is symbolic of the nurturing qualities of a quilt, the fact that quilts are made up on many multi-colored components - like we are - and the fact that the name was available as a URL and for a Facebook page.
At this point we are focused on providing school supplies, winter clothing and food to individuals from Naperville to Ford Heights
We are a small, volunteer organization with aspirations to grow. The ED is so committed to the growth of Life Quilt that she went out and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Administration (with Distinction) so that she could better manage and sustain the organization.
What new functionality we are looking for
We are in need of a new website that provides the ability to create awareness of the issues surrounding educational readiness and how Life Quilt addresses them. We'd love to have the ability to tell our story using a variety of media, including photos and videos. We need a way to solicit and accept donations. As part of that we want to share our donor bill of rights and gift acceptance policy. Also important is the ability to capture information on individuals who want to volunteer, as well as organizations that want to partner with us. The ability to extract that data into a simple database/Excel file is important. An integration with calendaring and email capabilities would be ideal.
We'd love to have the ability to tie our Facebook page to our website. An enhanced Facebook page would be a wonderful bonus.
One of the most important capabilities is the ability to deliver programming via our website.
How the new functionality will help
Life Quilt is developing new programming to help parents becoming more effective stewards of their child's education and we view the web as an effective vehicle for program delivery. We are small and recognize that we will operate as as a virtual organization, without a bricks and mortar presence, for some time into the future. A robust digital footprint allows us to develop and offer new programming and to scale.
As a volunteer-only organization, technology is key to creating repeatable engagements with stakeholders. An enhanced web presence provides us with greater credibility. A new website would be our first full-time employee, always available to share information about who we are, what we do, and most importantly, how we can improve educational outcomes of students.
How our organization will use the technology
The new technology will allow us to more effectively communicate with our stakeholders, be better stewards of prospective donors, and most importantly, to deliver new programming.
On a day-to-day basis with the new technology we will be able to raise more funds and more effectively manage the relationships with our donors. With the new online capabilities we can engage with our clients and volunteers more frequently in more formal, standardized ways that can scale.
Who will use the technology
The founder and executive director will be the person who most frequently uses the new technology. Because this is primarily a volunteer-only organization, she will have the ability to to engage others in the operational aspects of Life Quilt, helping to create scale and sustainability.
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