Customer Database (CRM), Custom Features, Visual Design


Chowan University is a Christian educational institution founded in 1848 by Baptist families and named Chowan – which means “people of the south” – to honor the Native American Algonquin Chowanook tribe. For over 165 years, Chowan has enjoyed a long and distinguished tradition of faith and education. Prior to 2015, their website was in static HTML, and they had to rely on a web professional outside the organization to add or update any content. Chowan University needed a new website that would give staff the ability to make their own updates and be fully responsive for viewing on all screen sizes. The site would need to showcase the university, serve as a recruitment tool for potential students and link current students, staff and faculty to campus information and resources.

The main features provided for Chowan University were:

  • Foolproof editing abilities on the administrative side requiring no knowledge of HTML
  • Mobile-responsive design and clear navigation for users
  • Highly organized page and menu structure
  • An appealing look to market the university to new students  Read More
Site Building, Customer Database (CRM), Custom Features, Web Hosting, Training & Documentation, Maintenance & Support


The University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) coordinates and executes fundraising activities on behalf of all University of Minnesota campuses, colleges, and programs. They needed a robust, scalable crowdfunding platform to accommodate the diverse range of causes and interests of the more than 66,000 students on seven campuses, plus the associated faculty and staff. Skvare developed the UMF crowdfunding website in CiviCRM and Drupal with customizations to boost the power of team campaign and personal campaign pages, social sharing, user interface and reporting. The new crowdfunding website empowers supporters to create personalized fundraising web pages to share with their family and friends in just a few simple steps.  Read More

"The University of Minnesota's crowdfunding efforts are having a major impact on digital fundraising and supporter engagement. Following the launch of the U's crowdfunding platform in November 2014, U crowdfunders raised a total of $463,508 in less than a year and a half--more than a 350 percent increase in crowdfunding dollars raised prior.

Skvare developed, hosts and maintains the full implementation of the U’s crowdfunding platform that has played a key role in helping to grow the University's giving day by more than 50 percent in 2015, when the U community raised $515,000 in a single day for University causes. Approximately 69 percent of crowdfunding donors are new to the University, making the site a great donor acquisition tool. Crowdfunding campaigns have also helped boost alumni engagement as well.

To date, crowdfunding gifts from more than 400 fundraising pages have grown 85 University of Minnesota funds, supporting everything from student scholarships to medical research for rare diseases."

Robyn White, Digital Content Manager