Inspiration

We all feel strongly about a wide variety of issues, but often fail to support organizations fighting for causes close to us. Our inspiration for this project was this feeling: we wanted to find a way to encourage donating to nonprofits in the easiest way. What better way to do this than through something we use everyday-- email.

What it does

Project #doSomething is an email integration for a "/donate" command on Mixmax (an email enhancing tool). We then offer a variety of nonprofits to donate to, including the Best Friends Animal Society, various animal shelters, the ACLU, LGBTQ+ Initiative, ect.

How we built it

We built this Mixmax integration with primarily JavaScript (Node.js), HTML/CSS, and lots of coffee.

Challenges we ran into

We ran into a major issue where we found out that Chrome was blocking the integration, because we didn't have a valid security certificate on our local dev environment. We managed to eventually work around it by modifying Chrome. Another major challenge we ran into was discovering which nonprofits to add, but we quickly found a ton of worthy organizations.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We're proud of making a working email integration (with Mixmax) that can be used by anyone. We really hope people can use this to donate, and easily encourage their friends to donate.

What's next for Project #doSomething

Stretch goal for the future: make it easy to match donations (and track how many donations to match) via a Mixmax integration.

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