As 2012 was winding down, CiV Digital created a web application to support International Justice Mission’s Stand for Freedom student mobilization effort. The campaign will take place March 5-15, 2013 on college campuses and in churches and communities throughout the U.S. The new website allows advocates and supporters to register to stand for 27 hours in support of the estimated 27 million slaves around the world.
From the Stand for Freedom site:
“…What started with a few small groups of passionate university students has grown into a national anti-slavery movement. We’re challenging you to join us in spreading the word this spring: slavery is real, but together we can end it! Sign up to stand for 27 hours for the 27 million slaves today…”
Located at IJM.org/stand, the web application features Convio API integration for registration, predictive search for scheduled events on college campuses, and a real-time thermometer tracking dollars raised and number of events which have been created.
Habitat for Humanity International and their partners consulted CiV Digital to create a new data portal for their Global Housing Indicators (GHI) Survey. Leveraging the Drupal open-source CMS platform as a foundation, the new website GlobalHousingIndicators.org provides a series of tools and resources for key audiences such as policymakers (both US and globally) and the public.
The new web platform includes a Custom Report Builder; plus a series of systems to help Habitat staff manage both GHI data and update site content — such as relevant Research and Blog posts. The CiV Digital team worked with the Programs team at Habitat to complete discovery about GHI and audience targets culminating in the development of the GlobalHousingIndicators.org concept including web design and Drupal implementation.
Custom Report Builder. The Custom Report Builder gives website visitors the ability to create custom reports from the GHI indicators data using a simple menu. The report can be created by selecting city/country or topic (and related sub-topic), and can be downloaded in Excel format. Each of the seventeen (17) Location pages offer site visitors more in-depth information from the cities throughout the world which are part of the GHI survey. A tabbed display on each Location page also highlights assessment results in the five (5) major Policy Topic Areas — Infrastructure, Regulations, Housing Subsidies, Housing Finance, and Property Rights.
Other Site Features. A menu on the homepage allows site visitors to access specific data; and on Location and Policy Topic pages users may download a PDF Fact Sheet or Full Assessment in Excel format. On the individual Topic pages, visitors may download the report on that topic for a single location. To expand the reach and visibility of specific research papers and publications, we established a presence for GHI on scribd.com – a unique digital document library for research and other publications.
The site was unveiled at the Forum on Adequate Housing in Latin America and the Caribbean on Sept. 25, 2012 in Bogota, Colombia, with participation from Habitat for Humanity International, UN-Habitat, the Inter-Development Bank, Habitat International Coalition, TECHO, Habitat for Humanity Colombia, Habitat for Humanity Chile, local consultants and others.
Habitat for Humanity launches global housing data portal
IJM asked CiV Digital to help them design and develop a more integrated solution for the organization’s benefit registration.
After several in-depth discussions, our approach centered on the following elements:
o Visual elements
- Create an overall theme consistent with the Benefits print materials IJM is producing incorporating the use of specific visual elements.
o Messaging Goals
- Create a sense of credibility.
- Attending a benefit is an act of love and compassion.
- Clear call-to-actions.
o Functional Considerations
- Create general landing page for Benefits with links to Cities
- Convio Form Integration
- Consider additional Landing Page Themes
- Support video and photo content, plus donor/attendee narratives
With these goals in mind, the CiV Digital team created a series of visual layouts to advance the Messaging and Functional Considerations. Once a design approach had been agreed, our development team worked to create Drupal themes that integrated seamlessly with Convio forms for Event, Table Sponsor or Table Host Registration.
At CiV Digital, we love it when we get to be part of telling the story of a new social enterprise. So we were naturally thrilled when social entrepreneur Shana Dressler (Global Giving Circle, Social Innovators Collective) reached out to us to help create an online presence for the Global Cocoa Project.
About the Global Cocoa Project
The Global Cocoa Project (GCP) is a high-impact poverty alleviation project focused on significantly improving the lives of cocoa farmers worldwide through the supply of equipment and basic needs. Our proven success results from studying a very complex problem and within it, looking for and finding the simple solutions in partnership with the farmers we serve so that we can deliver high impact results. The Global Cocoa Project’s first initiative is called 21 Villages. It will support 1,000 cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire by supplying them with the basic tools necessary to improve the quality of their cocoa production. Additionally, it will provide basic needs such as: wells, latrines, and sanitation education; bikes to transport goods to local markets; solar-powered lights for community spaces and solar-powered lanterns with mobile phone recharging capabilities for home use. Given that families and communities will benefit from the above donations, the overall impact of 21 Villages will exceed 20,000 people.
What We Built Together
The resulting GCP website features in-depth resources on the chocolate industry, outlining the specific challenges to providing multi-dimensional support for cocoa farmers and their farmers — and how the Global Cocoa Project seeks to tackle them. Site visitors can engage in the project in a myriad of ways on the website including donating funds for bikes, scales and wells to help provide basic needs for the cocoa farmer. The website also offers an event planning kit on hosting a chocolate tasting fundraiser for GCP and other ways for businesses and individuals to get involved with GCP.