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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 via both traditional and social media. The announcement did more than just elicit cheers and inquiries however, it also inspired entrepreneurs Jeffrey Reeves and Claude Dixon. They immediately considered building a model that would let the everyday person have a hand in helping build, inspire, and support the next generation of HBCU students. And so that’s when they came to Chop Dawg with the idea to build Village Pledge.
With a few taps, a user can find and select an HBCU (or more than one) of their choice, connect a payment source, and contribute via an easy “round-up” feature. Similar to something like Acorns, where the nearest dollar is “rounded up”, and then “delivered” after every $5.00 threshold. 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 they were able to provide.
Another purpose of the app is for people to learn more about the HBCUs that they are donating to. So people can learn about aspects of their HBCUs including academics, bands, sports, greek life, the school’s website, social media, and contact information. Chop Dawg also designed the app so that users can easily see how much they are invested with it. The color system shows users whether or not their donations are still active and they have the option to make changes at any point. The point is that users can donate as much or as little as they want.
Using this admin backend will allow them to add & update school information, including images and video, manage performance, track data & analytics like donations over time, users per school, contact information of each individual user, and provide support when necessary. It is so important to give the Village Pledge founders the power they need to self-manage their app so they can serve the needs of HCBUs on a dynamic basis.. This is why the admin backend is simple-to-use, yet robust, to gather data and statistics, upload and manage resources, and quickly update information.
Village Pledge was built as an iPhone and Android application using React Native and with REST APIs, supporting iOS 12, iOS 13, and Android 9, Android 10. For the administrator backend, website application, server-side, we used PHP with Laravel, built on React.
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Do you have a question about how we programmed Village Pledge? Give us a call at (800) 490-1476 or drop us an email at Hello@ChopDawg.com. We’d be happy to help!