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In the Spring of 2019, multi-billionaire Robert Smith made an incredible promise during his commencement speech at Morehouse College. He would donate approximately $40 million to pay off the entire student loan debt of the graduating class. This announcement immediately went viral, sending shockwaves through the media. The announcement did more than just elicit cheers and inquiries however, it also inspired entrepreneurs Jeffrey Reeves and Claude Dixon. They conceptualized building an easy-to-use model for the everyday individual to have a hand in empowering the next generation of HBCU graduates.
With a few taps, a user can select an HBCU (or more than one) of their choice, connect a payment source, and contribute via a simple “round-up” feature. Users can also set up a recurring dollar amount at the interval of their choice, or even make one-time donations. Then, at the end of a year (or as needed) they can review a summary of how much help they were able to provide.
The app also serves as a gateway for users to learn more about the HBCUs and its graduates to which they are contributing. Users get quick access to background on academics programs, extracurricular activities and campus life, or any social media presence and contact information. Chop Dawg designed the app so users can easily see how much they have contributed. The color system shows users whether or not their donations are still active, and they have the option to make changes at any point and set the donation increment as low as they want.
Using this admin backend will allow them to add and update relevant HBCUs background information, including images and video, as well as manage performance, track data and analytics. It is so important to give the Village Pledge founders the power they will need to manage their non-profit’s app, so they can better serve the needs of HCBU grads on a dynamic basis. The admin backend is simple-to-use, yet robust to gather data and statistics, upload and manage resources, and quickly update in-app content.
Village Pledge was built as an iPhone and Android application using React Native and with REST APIs, supporting iOS 12, 13, 14 and Android 9, 10, 11. For the administrator backend, website application, server-side, we used PHP with Laravel, built on React.
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