On the fourth episode of WordPress for Nonprofits, I interview David Shen.
Who you are and what you do
David Shen is one of the three partners that started Math Corps Philly, which serves middle school students in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They run a summer math camp, where last year the students went from an F to a B+ in four weeks.
Math Corps Philly’s experience at Philly GiveCamp
The Math Corps Philly founders heard about Philly GiveCamp, an organization that helps local nonprofits with their technology needs. They applied to the program and got accepted.
Math Corps Philly had a team of web developers redesign their WordPress website and give them a brand new website in a single weekend. As David said, the old website was dull and static, and the new website looks alive and dynamic.
Nonprofits can sign up to be informed when applications for the program open up.
How the Math Corps Philly website helps them meet their mission
David says that you absolutely need a website these days. They entered an education competition and applied for a grant, and in order to do either, you have to have a website.
Therefore, in order to get funding to meet your mission, you absolutely have to have a website.
WordPress as a content management system
David says that WordPress makes things feel easy, such as making updates and editing web pages just like a Word document. He not only loves WordPress for Math Corps Philly, he also wants to use it for his co-op apartment complex.
Proving a nonprofit’s efficacy through data tracking
Math Corps Philly needs to track their students and their test scores. They want to track their efficacy so that they can show improved student grades and other outcomes when they apply for grants.
They might use Salesforce to track student progress. This could be their next project for Philly GiveCamp. Salesforce integrates with WordPress if they ever need that in the future.
Contact info and a parting piece of guidance
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