Announcing our Data for Communities Winners

July 18, 2012 by Andrea Spillmann

We were thrilled to receive an overwhelming number of applications for our first ever Data for Communities program! How inspiring to read about the incredible work organizations are doing in their local and global communities. Selecting just three proved truly challenging, but we're excited to announce that Fonkoze, Cradles to Crayons, and the Wilbraham Visioning Project are our winners.

Wilbraham Visioning Project

As Wilbraham, MA approaches its 250th anniversary, the town Planning Board asked an all volunteer "Vision Task Force" to gather data to guide it in updating its half-century-old master plan.  To accomplish this goal, the  Task Force invited citizens to complete a Survey Monkey questionnaire. Realizing that many of their target population would not complete the questionnaire online, they printed the PDF and distributed it by hand. Captricity will help them digitize the paper results. The Vision Task Force turned to Captricity because "Using Captricity will enable us to combine manually submitted survey results with electronically submitted survey results to get a more comprehensive picture of the town's interests and needs and ideas."  We're excited to help Wilbraham's volunteers make quantitatively backed decisions about the future of their beloved town.

Fonkoze

Fonkoze is Haiti's largest microfinance institution, offering a full range of financial, education, and health services to rural poor. They serve over 60,000 women borrowers and their children, along with 300,000 depositors. In collaboration with researchers from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, Fonkoze is running a pilot program to deliver micronutrient powders to infants and children under age 5. To manage, monitor and evaluate the pilot, they collect data using a number of forms filled out by hand in Haitian Creole. Captricity will digitize those forms to provide the high-quality data Fonkoze needs to improve and expand this life-saving program.

Cradles to Crayons

Based in Boston and Philadelphia, Cradles to Crayons collects items that children need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. They distribute these items to disadvantaged children through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners. Cradles to Crayons uses donor tax receipts to collect information on donors and inventory. However, "Tax receipts in paper format are useless to us - we are unable to aggregate data, run reports, or reach out to donors." They will use Captricity to digitize the data and enter it into their Salesforce database, where it can be put to use to help them better manage inventory, encourage donations, and better manage their life-changing work.

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