Grantmakers for Education

A private member networking website for grantmakers, based in Salesforce and integrated with Drupal CMS, Vertical Response and CVent event management.

The Challenge

Grantmakers for Education (GFE) is a membership organization which includes most of the world's major grantmaking foundations in the realm of education. GFE's mission is to galvanize and unite that body of people.

Their technology challenge was to create a private social network that allowed their membership to share resources, events and ideas. GFE turned to Freeflow Digital to envision and execute a technology platform that met that challenge.

Our Solutions

Founded in 1995, Grantmakers for Education is a membership organization of more than 280 private and public philanthropies working to improve outcomes and expand opportunities for learners across the education spectrum. The individual membership comprising these organizations numbers in the thousands, with new organizations, and new people consistently being added and removed from it. GFE needed to both grant and revoke membership on a week by week basis, from a centralized, online repository. Freeflow chose Salesforce CRM as that repository and as the lynchpin of GFE's new technology platform.

Legacy to Salesforce CRM Migration.
To make Salesforce CRM the new hub for GFE, Freeflow had to migrate an intricate dataset out of a custom-built tool, developed in ASP many years ago. This meant conducting a detailed analysis of the legacy system and carefully extracting, mapping and migrating every piece of valuable data it contained to Salesforce CRM.
Drupal & Salesforce CRM Integration.
Out of a succesful legacy-to-Salesforce migration came a Salesforce-Drupal integration which made the Drupal website a valuable and powerful tool for private member networking.
Email and Event Integration.
One of the key requirements that GFE came to Freeflow with was Event and Email migration. Freeflow advised and implemented GFE on the optimal email solution for the new system, Vertical Response, giving GFE the ability to perform bulk email sends from within its CRM platform. Freeflow guided GFE through an event software selection process which ultimately concluded with GFE selecting CVent, and helped implement a Salesforce CRM to CVent integration.
Email and Event Integration.
One of the key requirements that GFE came to Freeflow with was Event and Email migration. Freeflow advised and implemented GFE on the optimal email solution for the new system, Vertical Response, giving GFE the ability to perform bulk email sends from within its CRM platform. Freeflow guided GFE through an event software selection process which ultimately concluded with GFE selecting CVent, and helped implement a Salesforce CRM to CVent integration.