Nonprofit Info

Are you a 501c3 nonprofit organization in the Greater St. Louis Metro Area who has a specific technology need that you would like solved? Submit an application today! Nonprofit applications for Code with a Cause 2019 are due at 11:59pm CST on Monday, December 3rd, 2018. The nonprofit application deadline has been extended! Please submit all applications by Monday, December 10th, 2018.

Questions about the application process? Please contact Matt Menietti at

Nonprofit Application

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Nonprofit Application Download

Nonprofit FAQ

How do you select your partner nonprofits?

A small committee solicits applications from nonprofit organizations in the Greater St. Louis area who need help overcoming a technology problem. Project submissions vary from digitizing paper processes, streamlining donor databases, or setting up an online donation portal. The committee will review the submitted applications and roughly ten projects will be selected. The specifics of each project, as well as the identify of the selected organizations, are not shared until the beginning of the hackathon.

If my nonprofit is selected to participate, what happens if no one wants to work on my project?

Projects that are unable to recruit enough participants for their project will be assigned team members who are comfortable switching groups. Because of the non-competitive nature of the event (no prizes are awarded), we are committed to ensuring no organization is left behind.

How can Code with a Cause help my nonprofit organization?

Nonprofit organizations are constantly operating with limited budgets and time, which make technology projects or upgrades difficult to launch or implement. If selected, a team of dedicated, diverse team of technology professionals will be at your disposal to help solve your specific technology challenge.

If my nonprofit is selected, what will I be responsible for?

There is no cost for organizations to apply for or participate as nonprofit partners at Code with a Cause. If your nonprofit is selected, our staff will work with a representative from each organization to prepare them for the event so they can take full advantage of the hackathon.

What’s the time commitment?

Developers working with your organization will be at Code with a Cause for most of the weekend —some may actually sleep at the venue! Although all nonprofit representatives don’t need to be present at the hackathon for the entire 48 hours, the more accessible you are, the more successful the project will be. Nonprofits will need to be available Friday evening for our event kick-off and should plan to be available for their team in-person periodically during the day Saturday and Sunday. During the times a representative from your nonprofit is not present, someone should be available by phone/text/Slack to answer any questions from your team.

As a nonprofit, what kinds of projects can I submit?

Here are some examples of projects that would be candidates for submission:

Website Improvements
Functionality limitations
Accessibility issues
Mobile responsiveness
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Create online and/or mobile giving portals
Donor management systems (see our note below — “When will you say ‘no’ to a project?”)
Help combine or merge databases

Education, Outreach and Advocacy
Build mini-site or educational platform to educate users on your mission
Showcase publications, research or other expertise in your organization
Projects involving maps or data visualizations
Basic assessment tools that help people navigate your programs

Improve Existing Systems:
Move paper forms or processes online
Build web-based system to track clients
Make your CRM more effective
Streamline calendar functionality
Streamline board communication

Database Improvements:
Build a staff development database
Centralized database information
Create a database search functionality

What kinds of projects won’t you select/work on?

We cannot accept any projects that involve confidential client data or information protected by HIPAA or other regulatory frameworks.
We are not a replacement for purchasing accounting software, or a commercially available donor database.
We are not a replacement for commercially-available products like QuickBooks, Volunteer Local, Raiser’s Edge/Nationbuilder/Salsa (or the hundreds of other donor database options out there), MailChimp, Eventbrite, or Constant Contact.

How do you decide what nonprofits to choose? What are your criteria?

Variety: We try to admit nonprofits who work in a variety of areas, and we are looking for unique, fun project ideas that will give our developer participants a chance to showcase their skills.

Realistic Expectations: We want you to leave with a successful project, so we think a lot about what can be accomplished in the 48 hour time frame of the event. If you have questions or concerns about how much time your project will take, contact us at

Social Impact & Benefit: We also consider the potential impact to the community and the nonprofit from completing the project. Will the project really help people? Will it make a complicated task easier?

More unique challenges (such as dealing with databases, communication tools and application development) are engaging for our participants and will give you a better chance of being admitted. Throw us a curveball! You’d be surprised what teams can accomplish over 48 hours. Contact us for help figuring out what project ideas will be a good fit (

Can we submit multiple project ideas?

Nonprofits are welcome to submit multiple project ideas, and will need to fill out a complete application for each idea you want to submit. It may be possible to combine multiple proposals into one project, given that the scope of work is realistic for the hackathon timeframe.

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