Donape: A fundraising web platform

"Codevate are a very easy company to work with – and they do it right (not just quickly). The team are extremely knowledgeable and understand that their clients may not be. They took the time to explain the process, problems and solutions in a way that I could understand, and I’d absolutely recommend them." - Donape

Key web app features

1

Embedded widget

Raise awareness anywhere on the web

We built an intelligent online widget that enables users to embed their charitable campaigns on their websites or in their mobile applications to raise awareness across their brands' outbound channels.

2

Charity campaigns

Launch campaigns with a particular focus

Each Donape campaign comes with a summary bio and a set of pictures, and can be configured to focus on one or more charities. This allows Donape's users to run multiple concurrent campaigns for their respective charities.

3

PayPal and Recurly integration

Single or recurring online payments by email or card

PayPal integration enables users to securely donate via the popular PayPal platform using their favoured email address. Recurly provides a way for Donape users to set up recurring donations at a given amount and frequency. Recurly also enables users to pay via debit or credit card straight in the widget.

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Building a web-based fundraising platform

Identifying a market need

Donape approached us with the idea of developing a mobile app, which would facilitate the giving of charitable donations on behalf of friends and family as gifts. After researching the feasibility of implementing such a platform, it quickly became clear that there was a severe lack of options for getting money to charities - especially in an automated fashion. The gift giving platform could not be realised until we had a way to get donations to charities.

We identified that there was a clear opportunity, a gap in the market, to build a platform that would allow web and app developers to enable donations to charities through their software.

Capitalising on the opportunity

After identifying the opportunity, we undertook a feasibility study into creating a charity-agnostic donation platform. The feasibility study was to determine whether or not the creation of the platform would be possible, understanding why it had not already been implemented, as well outlining the optimal approach to implementation using available tools. We ensured that investigating the legalities of creating such a platform were of top concern.

As Donape was a sharp pivot from the original app idea, there was no clear branding or marketing strategy in place for the new platform. Through innovation consultancy, we worked closely together with Donape to build the platform from the ground up, having a strong impact on shaping the brand and strategy into what it is today.

Our value-driven approach put a strong emphasis on gaining an early return on investment. Through our investor mindset approach, we ensured that the platform would be capable of generating revenue from day one.

Delivering the web platform

The resulting platform allows anyone to create their own campaigns for charities of their choice. Each campaign has its own public page, displaying the total amount raised, fundraising target amount, and a list of all donations to that campaign. Users can opt to remain anonymous, so that their name is not displayed against their donation. Recurring donations can be made, at a customisable frequency, to make regular donations hassle-free.

A key aspect of the platform was to keep administration costs to a minimum, affording scalability as the platform grows. Donors who are subject to income tax, can opt to apply Gift Aid (a UK tax incentive), increasing the amount of their donation by 25%. Donape admins are able to export automatically generated spreadsheets for charities to apply for Gift Aid claims.

Users are able to donate to any charity directly from Donape's homepage, as well as through campaign pages. Campaign widgets allow campaign managers to embed a donation widget into their website or mobile app, meaning that donations can be taken directly from their platforms - excellent for user retention. Campaign managers have access to a dashboard displaying the current progress of their campaigns. Campaigns have a range of configuration options, from adding custom styling for branding the campaign page and widget, to Facebook ad campaign conversion tracking.

“Codevate are a very easy company to work with – and they do it right (not just quickly). The team are extremely knowledgeable and understand that their clients may not be. They took the time to explain the process, problems and solutions in a way that I could understand, and I’d absolutely recommend them.”

Donape – A fundraising platform

The web application

Donape is a charity-agnostic fundraising platform, developed as a web application for desktop and mobile.

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Platform features

  •   PayPal and Recurly payment integrations
  •   Recurly payment integration
  •   Charity campaigns
  •   User-customisable externally embeddable donation widgets
  •   Responsive, mobile-friendly design

Behind-the-scenes features

  •   Campaign dashboard - monitoring and configuration
  •   Donation book-keeping
  •   Administration dashboard
  •   Campaign analytics

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Feature breakdown

PayPal integration

Online payments by email or card

This PayPal integration enables users to securely donate via the popular PayPal platform using their favoured email address.

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Recurly integration

Recurring online payments by card

Recurly provides a way for Donape users to set up recurring donations at a given amount and frequency. Recurly also enables users to pay via debit or credit card straight in the widget.

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Charity campaigns

Launch campaigns with a particular focus

Each Donape campaign comes with a summary bio and a set of pictures, and can be configured to focus on one or more charities. This allows Donape's users to run multiple concurrent campaigns for their respective charities.

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Embedded widget

Raise awareness anywhere on the web

We built an intelligent online widget that enables users to embed their charitable campaigns on their websites or in their mobile applications to raise awareness across their brands' outbound channels.

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Campaign dashboard

Monitor campaigns at a glance

The campaign dashboard enables a user to view the performance and configure each campaign related to their account.

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Donation management

Manage site-wide donations and gift aid

This admin feature allows an admin or book keeper to understand which charities have received which donations across the course of the month, and provides key information for the donations to be sent on to the correct place.

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Transaction insight

Monitor transactions at a glance

This feature allows users to monitor the status of donation transactions on a per-campaign/charity basis, allowing the campaign admin to see which charity is gaining the most attention.

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Gift aid export

Generate legal gift aid documentation

A report is generated per month for the Donape administrator to fulfil their duties in providing the relevant charities with gift aid information in order for them to claim the full donation amount.

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Analytics Popular

Insight into user behaviour and marketing performance

Donape's analytics allows an administrator or bookkeeper to gain an understanding of which campaigns are generating donations for which charities, and enables the Donape team to understand where to improve its marketing outreach.

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