We understand your nonprofit and provide digital solutions so you can

do good better

Over the last 10 years, we have assisted more than 100 nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises to grow their capacity for good work by leveraging technology. Did we mention we’re nonprofit too? Connect Solutions is a social enterprise 100% owned by U-turn Homeless Ministries. Find out more

We help organisations, like yours, harness cost-effective technology to make data-informed decisions and increase your access to resources, including:

  • Data-management (for donors and M&E) using Salesforce
  • Website development using Wordpress, integrated with tools like Mailchimp
  • Training and workshopping on Salesforce, Wordpress, as well as relevant topics like theory of change, online fundraising and M&E best practise

See a detailed list of service here

Your Business Supports Our

Coding Learnership

Connect Solutions recruits promising learners from the U-turn Homeless Ministries final work-readiness phase. Learners master advanced HTML, CSS and basic javascript. When ready, they assist with consulting to Connect Solutions clients, under the supervision of our senior web developer and trainer.

Websites are first mocked up on figma and then developed using WordPress. All our projects to-date have received four to five stars.

By working with Connect Solutions you receive a high quality cost-effective websites, and you grow someone’s future.

Solutions for digital

transformation

Data-management (donor and M&E)

You can save your organisation time and money while improving its effectiveness and funding capacity using Salesforce.

Manage your relationship with donors tracking tasks and grant making pipelines, centralise your beneficiary data with live dashboards to inform your reporting and manage your service delivery all from one centralised and secure database.

We provide a customised installation of Salesforce from simpler customisations to full bespoke solutions, as well as user training and ongoing support. We can also help you access Salesforce.org’s 10 free licences (per nonprofit).

Website Development

Whether you are a small nonprofit or an international NGO, we create an immersive and fast website that enables your stories to shine so you can compel people to take action.

All our websites are built on opensource Wordpress, and are informed by donor-led user-experience research. They are mobile responsive and optimised for search engines. 

You can choose to integrate your website with tools like Mailchimp, Salesforce, donation platforms and payment gateways to save your  organisation time and money.

We provide training and ongoing support if needed.  See case studies of our work below

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Monthly IT Remote Support

Our IT support department ensures the efficient operation of your organization’s technology infrastructure, providing ongoing monthly administration of your organization’s emails, Google Workspace, internet, etc.

We are also responsible for troubleshooting technical issues and facilitating your organization’s smooth digital operations via our online ticketing system. Our responses are quick and efficient.

Training and Workshops

We provide both free and paid training for your team, to help you sustain and grow your organisation so you can do more good in the world.

Our workshops are practical. We often generate the work during the workshop itself, so come prepared to roll up your sleeves.

Topics include reporting for Salesforce, accessing your Google Grant and using it raise funds and awareness, develop your theory of change, fundraising online, M&E best practise and more.

Our Development Process

Every organisation and every cause is unique. We ask the right questions to learn about you and your organisation, providing a well-defined roadmap with regular check-ins throughout the journey.

1

Enquiry and discovery

You schedule a free Salesforce demo or website assessment, providing as much information as possible for a tailored session.

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2

Assessment and Design

Collaborative tools help translate and refine vision. Depending on complexity of project, development quote is provided after assessment.

3

Build and test 

Our team will start building based on the assessment and agreed design, with check-ins and testing before going live.

4

Support 

Your team will be trained to ensure its sustained. Ongoing support and annual review is also optionally available.

Our Recent

Good Work

Uturn Homeless Ministries

U-turn’s previous sight was slow and heavy, compromising Search Engine Optimization.The design brief was to create a light, high perfomimg website to grow organic traffic.

DESIGN & DEV | SEO | INTEGRATED MAILCHIMP & DONATION FORMS

DESIGN & DEV | SEO | INTEGRATED MAILCHIMP & USER SUBMITTED CONTENT

Muizenberg Improvement District

We were proud to work with the Muizenberg Improvement District on the design and development of their new website. The site is responsive for mobile devices, Search Engine Optimised, as well as integrated with Mailchimp.

Uturn UK Outreach

U-turn UK Outreach is a UK registered chairty, that supports the work of U-turn South Africa. The site needed to share branding and yet be visually distinct, and it needed to appeal to a UK expat audience.

DESIGN & DEV | SEO | INTEGRATED MAILCHIMP & DONATION FORMS

DESIGN & DEV | SEO | INTEGRATED MAILCHIMP & DONATION FORMS

ISEEU

IseeU needed a compelling website that better showcased the impact and need for their remarkable programme. It needed to be responsive and offering a system for online donation. 

Oasis Community Projects

Oasis Community Projects works in one of the poorest rural areas in the Western Cape. They needed a website that would allow for online donations (on average, over 20% of a nonprofit’s income is generated through online donations). The website needed to be responsive, compelling to showcase their extensive programme to people outside of their immediate area.

DESIGN & DEV | SEO | INTEGRATED DONATION FORMS

PHOTOGRAPHY | DESIGN & DEV | SEO | INTEGRATED MAILCHIMP & DONATION FORMS

Douglas Murray Home for The Aged

Douglas Murray did not have a website. On average, over 20% of a nonprofit’s income is generated through online donations. Within a week of launching their new site, Douglas Murray received their first major donation via their online donation form. The digital system includes tracking monthly donor vs once-off, tracking failed payments and following up on abandoned transactions.

We have earned the trust of remarkable organisations 

We have earned the trust of remarkable organisations 

Client Review

Really friendly service delivery and easygoing people. Rowen and Denzil thank you for how you welcomed us and for your consistency getting us sorted. We would work with you guys anytime in future.

– Oasis Community Projects: Leeroy Fourie CEO

 

Client Review

We appreciated the client relationship, and the patience with client feedback, and requests. We received more than our monetary investment. It was a pleasure working with Connect Solutions.

– ISEEU: Hayley Philander CEO

 

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