January 3, 2020 by Matt Zentz
This past December, we met with the Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, & Engineering Serve IT Nonprofit Technology group. The name is definitely a mouthful when you say it all together. But then again, so was the delicious Mother Bear's Pizza we had delivered to feed everyone.
As a graduate of the original IU Computer Science program, this trip brought back some old memories. One of those was the fact we were meeting in a former sorority house that I almost lived in. The sorority was on probation and they needed someone to take care of the building until their charter was reinstated. I didn't end up living there but it was still odd that it was now part of the School of Informatics, specifically Serve IT.
Serve IT is a group that provides seniors with real world capstone projects and non-profits with valuable, no-cost labor. This is a great way for students to learn before they land their first job. They go through a full project lifecycle and gain important team skills you can only get with collaborative projects.
I learned about this group on a college visit with my son, Ethan, and immediately saw the possibilities. Most of the projects they work on are traditional client websites. Back in my day we built full blown custom applications. But, while those were valuable, the challenges began after students graduated and nobody was around with the knowledge (or time) to support them. So now they stick to websites.
When I learned of these projects I immediately wanted to help and reached out to Una Thacker, the Interim Director. I offered free use of Marketpath CMS and our own developers to assist when needed.
Marketpath provides a full-featured, easy-to-use web content management system with a ton of bells and whistles. So, in addition to free labor from the students, Marketpath will provide a free site to the students and non-profits with the same features and unlimited support every Marketpath CMS user receives. This is just one more way for these charitable organizations to put more resources into fulfilling their missions.
And this makes us feel really good. There have been many non-profit clients we've helped over the years (like Children's TherAplay) but like any company, we're limited by time and resources and we still have to earn a buck. With the type of partnership we're forming with Serve IT, however, we don't have to provide the labor and can provide nearly unlimited sites for charitable organizations. I'd call that an all-around win for everyone.
Go ahead and get your site started in Marketpath CMS. When you're ready to take it live, just give us a holler and we'll flip some switches so the world can see it. The only thing we'll ask for is verification of your 501(c)(3) status.
Matt Zentz launched Marketpath from a small Broad Ripple bungalow in February 2001 with a focus on custom web application development. He built the first, basic version of a hosted CMS called Webtools and shortly afterward expanded his team and created the first version of Marketpath CMS.
Matt has worked for a national consulting firm, taught computer programming to high school juniors and seniors , and led the information technology arm of the auxiliary business units at Indiana University.
Matt graduated from Indiana University in 1999 with a B.S. in Computer Science and has built custom web applications since 1995. Matt is husband to an amazing & supportive wife, has three beautiful children, and supreme master to Archimedes (Archie) the dog. He coaches various kid sports, enjoys building furniture, and plays guitar and piano. Matt is very active within his church community and several area not-for-profits.