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GiveCamp NWA to Build Local Nonprofits a Website During Annual Event

BENTONVILLE, Ark.April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Collective Bias, a leader in shopper-focused influencer marketing, along with Startup Junkie Consulting, today announced a partnership to host the 4th Annual GiveCamp NWA (Northwest Arkansas), a weekend-long event where technology professionals from designers, developers, marketers and web strategists donate their time to provide web solutions for nonprofit organizations in the region. The annual event will be held at the Collective Bias headquarter office in Rogers, Arkansas from Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, 2016.

“GiveCamp NWA is an invaluable volunteer program that supports our area’s growing tech scene,” said Chris Whittle, GiveCamp NWA Co-organizer and Sr. Developer at Collective Bias. “An engaging, easy-to-navigate website is important for all businesses, but can be difficult for nonprofits to execute due to lack of resources and cost.  We’re proud to create highly-manageable, mobile-friendly sites for local nonprofits that are doing so much for the community.”

Currently, there are around 50 confirmed volunteers coming from the region’s largest employers, including Walmart, Tyson and JB Hunt, as well as from some of the region’s startup and tech companies like Atlas, Collective Bias, RevUnit, and Rockfish. Volunteers spend a total of 30 hours over the course of the weekend learning the nonprofit’s needs and goals, creating a strategy and either rebuilding a current website or building a brand new website for the nonprofit.

“Before GiveCamp NWA last year, Camp Alliance did not have an online store for Camp Alliance gear or a crowdfunding platform,” said Jody Bergstrom, Camp Alliance Executive Director. “With the help of GiveCamp the launch has been a major success. The new tools on our website have raised over $2,000 in Purple Up! for Military Kids gear and over $3,000 on the crowdfunding Adopt a Unit platform.”

The 10 nonprofits selected for this year’s GiveCamp include: Camp Alliance, Inc., EPIC Compassionaries, Equestrian Bridges, EvolveU, Latin Art Organization of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Veterans Coalition, Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, Rockin’ Baker Academy, Sanctuary, Inc., and Terra Studios.

“This event would not be possible without the generous support of our community,” said Phyl Amerine, GiveCamp NWA Co-organizer and Startup Junkie consultant.

Sponsors for the event include: Atlas Technology Group, Braum’s, Code Magazine, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, First Security Bank, GDH Consulting, General Mills, Hostinista, Mojito’s Rogers, Porterfield and Associates, TEK Systems, Tyson, and Walmart.

For more information on volunteering and sponsoring, visit http://www.givecampnwa.org/.