Over the past month, we received several incredible entries for our Mobile App Contest for Local Nonprofits in partnership with NS804 Apps & Commonwealth PR to offer the development of a mobile app, free of charge, to one local nonprofit in Greater Richmond, VA – including conception, development and marketing!
The nonprofits were asked to describe their organization’s mission and vision, talk about 2016 goals, how technology could positively impact their mission and how an app could potentially strengthen their organization, its people or volunteers. The nonprofits were not asked to have a fully fleshed out app concept – but many had some great ideas in the works, already!
Although, it was incredibly difficult to narrow down the submissions – we ultimately selected the top four finalists for the contest – (in no particular order) Historic Richmond, GRASP, MS Society Virginia Chapter and Rx Partnership! Here’s a look at the video entries and more about these awesome organizations!
UPDATE: Scroll down to see the winner!
The mission of Historic Richmond is to shape the future of Richmond by preserving our distinctive historic character, sparking revitalization and championing our past and future architectural legacy. They are dedicated to keeping the Richmond of tomorrow unique and distinct from every other city on Earth. They are committed to preserving the character of the city, energizing its neighborhoods and conspiring to keep Richmond interesting and authentic.
In their Contest Submission Video Catherine and Chase showed us around historic buildings in the city while they talked about the organization’s strategic plan and vision, which has recently included a re-branding process. They tell us that an app would help them move away from “walls of words and pamphlets” to a more engaging and interactive way to tell Richmond’s story to community members and tourists.
GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.)
GRASP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, education organization which provides in-school financial aid advising for post-secondary education and Last Dollar Scholarships for students at GRASP-affiliated schools. GRASP advisers assist students in the process of identifying, applying for, and obtaining scholarships and other financial aid. GRASP programs also assist students with disabilities and GRASP students already enrolled in post-secondary education.
Paula Buckley talks about their incredible impact at 76 schools around Virginia and a scholarship that they award at each of the schools! GRASP goes on to talk about how an app would help them reach and guide already technology-savvy students around the financial aid process, with scholarship and FAFSA reminders, better access to their GRASP advisers as well as the many important issues that affect their education.
National MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society Virginia-West Virginia Chapter
The National MS Society Virginia – West Virginia Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well as three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky, and raise funds for critical MS research. The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. They exist to make sure it doesn’t. They help each person address the challenges of living with MS through their 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
The local Director of Programs, Eric Garmon shared the profound impact of MS – affecting over 12,000 individuals in VA and WV. With a strong focus on connecting people to people and people to information, Eric shows the incredibly outdated process and paper trail that they currently employ. A mobile app would potentially help them move from booklets and brochures to an interactive tool that could connect those affected to immediate resources, education programs, goal setting and progress, physical therapists, neurologists etc. etc. etc.
Rx Partnership is a public/private partnership which exists to increase access to medication for Virginia’s vulnerable populations and serve as a resource to the organizations that support these populations. To accomplish this, RxP serves as a broker – soliciting donated bulk medications from six pharmaceutical companies and arranging for their distribution to 20 Affiliate free clinics with licensed pharmacies throughout the Commonwealth. Since 2003, RxP has performed an essential role with the health safety net and has led an innovative and effective effort to increase access to free medication for uninsured citizens across Virginia, providing more than 602,386 prescriptions (valued at over $139.4 million) for more than 65,019 unduplicated patients.
Rx Partnership wants to focus on increasing medication access in their 2016 to 2019 Strategic Plan. A mobile app would help them manage free clinic patients’ personal medication records so that they can keep track of all the prescription medication they’re taking – which will help support the free clinic doctor, a well as the free clinic patient, especially those with chronic conditions requiring multiple medications.
Congratulations to all of the finalists, and thank you to all those who submitted entries – you made it quite a challenge to choose just four finalists! And the biggest thank you goes to NS804apps for providing the community with this awesome opportunity!
UPDATE: The WINNER is…………GRASP!!!!! Congratulations and look out for this contest again later on in the year!