A new way to volunteer.

Develop for Good is an intercollegiate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that pairs, trains and supports student volunteers as they develop technical product solutions for nonprofits.

We aim to empower the next generation of leaders in tech to commit their skills for social good early on in their careers and accelerate the digital transformation of the nonprofit sector.

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Here's how we measure our impact:

770+

80+

56,000+

~$2M

unique volunteer developers & designers

nonprofit partners 

accumulated volunteer hours

to be saved by our nonprofits through our projects

66%

of our volunteers are female

We currently have partnerships with teams at organizations all over the world, including:

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How It Works

Step 1

Nonprofits partner with us.
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We partner with nonprofits, eliminating the need for expensive outsourcing and easing the load on in-house development teams by providing our services at a discounted cost. We source development projects that are both impactful and well-defined. 

University students &  recent graduates apply to volunteer.

We welcome students looking to gain real-world experience in application design and development, and are driven by a desire to use technology for social good. We gather a list of their development skills and nonprofit interests. 

Our 770+ volunteers hail from dozens of universities, including the following:

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Step 2

Volunteers are matched to project teams.
  • Volunteers are matched to projects based on their skillsets, prior experiences, and preferences.

  • Volunteers are typically grouped into teams of 5-7, depending on the scope and difficulty of the project.

  • A volunteer Product Manager is responsible for keeping track of progress, making updates with the nonprofit management, and leading conversation from the students' side. 

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  • An Industry Mentor is paired to each project team to advise students as they make key design and implementation decisions.

Step 3

Projects are completed with full transparency
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  • Our project cycles are 10 weeks long, with an expected 5-10 hour/week time commitment from each student volunteer.

  • We stay in close contact with streamlined channels of communication and organize weekly check-ins to ensure that progress is on track.

  • We ensure that we document our code and maintain ethical coding practices, to allow for ease of hand-over at the end of the engagement.

Interested in learning more? 
 

Our Skills & Services

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FULL STACK WEB & MOBILE APPLICATIONS

Our volunteers have a range of experience in front end development, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and React, as well as back end database and development work. We've had past success in creating full stack Progressive Web Applications, as well as Android, iOS, and cross-platform mobile applications.

DATA SCIENCE, VISUALIZATION, & AI/ML

Our volunteers have experience with R, Python, D3, Node.js, and data visualization tools like Tableau and Flourish. In addition to creating informative static and interactive data visualizations, we’ve also worked on improving data collecting, management, and processing methods. We've used Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to perform predictive modeling as well.

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PRODUCT & UX/UI DESIGN

We have volunteers from graphic and product design backgrounds. We’ve designed applications from scratch, fashioned efficient interfaces, developed detailed user flow diagrams and clickable prototypes, and used Content Management Systems to create beautiful products that ensure ease of handover.

Sponsors & Mentors

Our philanthropic sponsors

Our mentors and advisors hail from places including

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