Design and Implementation of Online Campus Fundraiser System
Fundraising efforts at college and universities continue to be a top priority. An institution’ s ability to realize their innovative but costly strategic goals is directly dependent on their ability to generate donations from alumni, foundations, friends, parents, and other institutional partners. The reliance on fund-raising dollars is even more pronounced due to the rising public scrutiny of the cost of higher education (Farrell, 2003; Trompley, 2003; US Department of Education, 2006). Over the year’s students use manual ways to raise funds to support their election ambitions, help pay less privileged students school dues, sick friends, and many other challenges which they face in the school. To overcome the problems of manual fundraising, the researcher has developed “an Online Campus Fundraiser System”. The system which will be implemented on the internet and can be accessed on any operating device, either desktop or mobile devices connected to the internet. The system communicates with the database residing on a remote server. This system has been built with HTML, CSS, and PHP.
The Internet has opened up a whole new world that nonprofits large and small are using to expand their universe of influence and support. The Internet lets even small or local organizations in every work of life reach out to potential supporters around the world and around the clock. Fundraisers are especially excited about online opportunities for locating new donors and for adding a new communication channel for cultivating existing donors.
Successful online fundraising programs generally have two major components. The foundation is an informative, interactive web site communications program which, together, help build relationships with your website visitors and the people you get to sign up for your email newsletter or online advocacy program. The second component, often overlooked, is a strategy for attracting new people – especially potential donors – to your site, so you can begin the relationship-building process. Online fundraising can’t exist in a vacuum. The success of your online fundraising program will be largely dependent on your organization’s overall Internet presence as well as your traditional offline activities.
How can campuses effectively integrate the Internet into its strategy for fulfilling its mission? With the Internet’s growing importance, influence, and widespread use, nonprofits have new opportunities for communicating with their constituents, getting their work done, and garnering support. The Internet isn’t replacing other media, but it is taking its place alongside them. Most notable is the role that an online donor system is playing in the operational capacity of nonprofit organizations. This system has created a sea change as a tool for communicating with donors and colleagues, alerting activists, and disseminating information. Initially, the Web created a revolution in “brochure-ware,” allowing nonprofits to reach many new supporters and media with simple sites. New services enable even nonprofits with the smallest budgets to sign up members, take credit card donations, sponsor online discussions, offer surveys, put up searchable databases, and much more. As a complement to existing methods, the Internet is a medium that has finally come of age for a nonprofit sector that is hungry for modern and effective campaign tools and techniques.
1.2 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this research is to develop an online campus fundraising system, for students’ to easily raise funds/donations towards a particular project and challenges faced in the school campus. The funds collected from students are taken automatically by a payment gateways which will be integrated on the system, each student details and records will be easily recorded automatically without time consuming, which is reliable and without any error.
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
- Eliminate duplicate data entry and errors in time and entries.
- Eliminate paperwork and save time.
- Reduce money laundering among students officials.
- To increase the charity/giving among students.
1.4 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
In most educational institutions fundraising is done manually. It is not only time consuming, but it is also unsecure and unreliable and it can be lead to money laundering among corrupt student officials. Some institutions use manual paper fundraising sheets for funds collection while this will be difficult for record keeping and also to keep track of the large number of students donating towards a particular project, so it is not reliable.
1.5 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The scope of the project is limited to several processes: handling of student fundraising on campus, managing records of successful donations, and record every transaction for easy assessments. It will generate the reports such as funds raised during a particular campaign. The online campus fundraiser system is designed in such a way that makes it possible to access through any device connect to the internet.
1.6 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Internet: A global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.
Transaction: An exchange or transfer of goods, services, or funds.
Campus: A campus is traditionally the land on which a college or university and related institutional buildings are situated.
Online: Computer or device connected to a network (such as Internet) and ready to use (or be used by) other computers or devices.
Donations: A donation is a gift for charity, humanitarian aid, or to benefit a cause. A donation may take various forms, including money, alms, services, or goods such as clothing, toys, food, or vehicles.
Organizations: An organized group of people with a particular purpose, such as a business or government department.
Fundraisers: Fundraising or fund raising (also known as “development”) is the process of gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations.
Nonprofits: Not established for the purpose of making a profit; not entered into for money.