What was the scope of their involvement?
KDG heard our plans and goals and came up with an outline for our site. Our school has a website and IT team, but we’d never done a 24-hour donation event, so KDG showed us what typical Day of Giving pages looked like. They guided us, served as a resource, and were clear on why something wouldn’t work. They managed to build certain features we requested, even if they were a bit out of the ordinary. We collaborated heavily together, communicating at every step.
We built out designs first then their developers started to build the site. They sent samples of the variety of choices, which our committee reviewed and picked from. They were things like color scheme, location of items on the site, etc. KDG made sure our donation platform and merchant services account were working properly.
We also created 24 videos, and KDG structured the platform to play those videos at certain points throughout the donation—new videos would become unlocked once we reached a certain number of donors. In addition, they built an admin component, so we could manage donors and gifts on the backend. It kept everything organized and allowed us to adjust the timing of the videos.
What is the team composition?
I mainly work with two people, but they’ll add a developer or designer, depending on the stage of the project. Because we were just tweaking the platform this year, we only had 1–2 people, with others coming and going as needed.
How did you come to work with KDG | The Kyle David Group?
I was on a webinar for schools that wanted to institute a 24-hour Day of Giving, and the presenter recommended KDG. We wanted a company that could build our platform and also teach us how to run a 24-hour event. They needed to have knowledge in our education sector and be willing to give us something more than a basic donation platform.
We considered two other vendors, but KDG’s past work and reputation were highly impressive. We could see they created unique products compared to their competitors. KDG was significantly more expensive than the others, but we decided it was worth it. We wanted something customized and specific to our school, and KDG was the only company that could offer that.
How much have you invested in them?
We’ve spent around $35,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We began working together in July 2016, and the relationship is ongoing.