Releasing and developing the GoPlatform

"With codeshift, we found an efficient and communicative partner that helped us relaunch our new platform seamlessly while developing additional features." Leif Lobinsky, Head of Product GoVolunteer
Python, Next.js

The company

GoVolunteer is Germany’s biggest online community for volunteering.The social start-up matches volunteers with non-profit projects and organizations. On the website, interested parties can search for opportunities to get involved and contact projects and initiatives directly. In addition, initiatives can present charitable projects on the website and thus address potential volunteers. More than 2.200 organizations are offering 4.200 projects on the platform.

The challenge

GoVolunteer needed to relaunch their platform, that remained untouched since 2017. The NGO spent close to two years for preparations and saw it as one of its most important milestones.

In 2020, GoVolunteer launched GoNature, a platform that enables everyone to participate in conserving nature and biodiversity in Germany actively. In addition, the platform provides access to thousands of nature and species conservation projects across Germany. The challenge was to unify GoNature and GoVolunteer under the GoPlatform and create new product features which both initiatives can use.

The solution

With our team in Rwanda and the GoVolunteer team, we worked closely together in product sprints and guaranteed a smooth relaunch of the website. Some of the significant features of the platform are:

  • New design 
  • Extended and improved search
  • Optimized project pages
  • Organization pages
  • Easy onboarding for new projects
  • Powerful content editing
  • Flexible content structure 

In parallel, we unified GoVolunteer and GoNature's codebase, allowing all development efforts to benefit both platforms. It is time and cost-effective and supports the GoVolunteer team to react to timely events, making it possible to shift focus according to changing volunteering demands rapidly. It already proved worthwhile during the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

GoVolunteer Website

GoNature Website

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