Announcing Our 2018 Des Moines Charity Hack Nonprofits

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 addition, a hack team will be working on a new type of project: an Open Source solution for tracking volunteer hours that can be utilized by multiple nonprofits.

Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we help these nonprofits over the next 48 hours. And, tune in live Saturday night on Facebook to watch the final project presentations!

dsmHack’s 2018 Nonprofit Organizations


The Bidwell Riverside Center provides essential livelihood and childcare services to individuals and families in Des Moines. Their distribution center provides families with food, clothing, and household items. The Child Development Center provides a comprehensive education and care program at an affordable price for children aged 24 months to 5 years.


brentonlogo-full-01The Brenton Arboretum seeks to inspire joy through the beauty and knowledge of the natural world of trees. The arboretum’s 143 acres are nestled in the rural farmland of Dallas County about 20 minutes west of the Des Moines metro. The land is a sweeping landscape of restored tallgrass prairies, streams, ponds and more than 2,500 trees representing 500 unique species and varieties.


cfdmThe Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines improves quality of life for all by promoting charitable giving, connecting donors with causes they care about and providing leadership on important community issues.


dmarc_wtThe Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is an interfaith organization that manages a food pantry network throughout the metro consisting of 13 separate partnering food pantry sites, a mobile food pantry, and two food warehouses. The DMARC Food Pantry Network is health-based and is the largest food pantry network in Iowa. Food pantry sites are located in Des Moines, Ankeny, Clive, Johnston, Urbandale and West Des Moines.


everybodywinsEverybody Wins! Iowa is a children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit dedicated to ensuring children K-5’s success in school and life through one to one read aloud experiences with caring adults. Their mission primarily is to help children identified by schools and community partners as reading below grade level or needing personal attention from an adult mentor.


graysonsgifts_final_logoGrayson’s Gifts is a nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and education of adoption in the Des Moines metro. Their services include education about the adoption process, financial assistance for families hoping to adopt and creating a supportive community of families who have experience the adoption process.


harbor-of-hope-use-this-oneHarbor of Hope Recovery House’s mission is to provide a safe haven of respect and love for recovering men to transform and reconstruct their lives. Our program seeks to teach men how to access vital resources and contribute back to the community. The Harbor of Hope is working effectively by establishing relationships with service providers in the community and providing fundamental life-skill programming to addicts.



ihrc-crest-uai-258x258Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition’s mission is to reduce the harms associated with drug use and promote health equity through nonjudgmental community services, education, and advocacy. They provide weekly outreach services in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and surrounding communities and distribute safer injection kits, condoms, and reproductive health supplies to reduce the risk of HIV and hepatitis C in Eastern Iowa. They are also the state’s largest free naloxone distribution program and provide opioid overdose prevention education.


lpn-logo-final-fullThe Latino Political Network was founded in June 2015 with the mission of educating and empowering Iowa’s next generation of elected officials. They lead free trainings in every corner of Iowa to inspire and educate new Latino elected officials. They also lead the Building Better Board initiative that has so far trained more than 50 people from communities of color, the disability community, and refugees to serve on nonprofit boards.