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48 Hours of Good

Posted by Alex Karei on March 27, 2018

Just like that, another hack is in the books. And although 48 hours doesn’t sound like much, it’s amazing what our 80+ volunteers can accomplish. Here’s a snapshot of the projects we completed during the 2018 Des Moines Charity Hack. Bidwell Riverside Center: SMS-message based wait time monitor for food pantry patrons to lower barriers to getting food at a local food pantry to prevent long wait times. The Brenton Arboretum: A redesigned website to

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We’re excited to announce the 2018 nonprofits benefiting from our annual hackathon. Revealed this evening at our dsmHack 2018 kick-off event, they will be receiving the assistance of a combined 85+ volunteers who will help create websites, databases, mapping tools, and more, for free over the next 48 hours. In assistance, a hack team will be working on a new type of project: an Open Source solution for tracking volunteer hours that can be utilized

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When you work at a nonprofit, you’ve got a lot going on. From fundraising to managing volunteers to filing legal documents — the list might seem endless. One of the things we’ve heard from nonprofit participants during our past hacks is that they’re curious about how our volunteer teams work so effectively together and about their project management styles. So, for our latest workshop, we took some of those concepts and broke them down. What

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With 37 applications from 33 organizations, our selection process wasn’t easy this year. The 2017 Des Moines Charity Hack kicked off this evening, and this year’s nonprofits represent a variety of causes. Tune into dsmHack social media profiles (like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to follow along with this year’s hack! Our 2017 Nonprofit Organizations   Camp Fire (Heart of Iowa) provides the opportunity for young people to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover

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A Successful First Workshop

Posted by Kim Wall on November 23, 2016

A week ago, dsmHack hosted its very first tech workshop exclusively for nonprofits! As this was our very first foray into a non-hackathon event, we had high hopes but were cautiously optimistic. We’ll talk more about how “Everything You Wanted to Know About Salesforce for Nonprofits” went in a minute. But first, what are dsmHack workshops? Nonprofit Workshops, you say? In a nutshell, dsmHack workshops are designed to address common questions that we hear from

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Welcome to the new dsmHack website!

Posted by Kim Wall on September 17, 2016

We are beyond thrilled with our new and improved dsmHack website. We are sure that it will enable us to better serve the nonprofit and technology communities in Des Moines, which in turn benefits the community as a whole! Dog Food for the Soul As a new nonprofit, we knew we had a lot more to share than what we could easily do on our existing website. So, we decided that our own website was

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