United Way of Calgary and Area

United Way gives individuals and families the opportunity to reach their potential and improve their quality of life. Whether funding programs that teach conflict-resolution skills to a high-risk family, enabling a senior to live independently, or helping a high school student stay in school, the United Way’s impact is local, tangible, and meaningful. Area community partnerships in Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, and Strathmore ensure people in the towns and communities around Calgary have access to the support they need.

"At the United Way of Calgary and Area we constantly strive to collaborate more effectively with our external partners. The Extranet User Manager from Envision IT has helped us in this regard because it makes it easy for our partners to sign-up with us and for our staff to manage their access once they do. With an easy to manage extranet in place we can now engage more effectively and securely with all kinds of stakeholders across the community we serve."

David Denhardt,
Director of Information Services

The United Way of Calgary and Area was looking for an extranet solution that would allow them to interact more efficiently with external partners. They wanted users to be able to sign up quickly for access to secure resources without placing a large burden on IT. This extranet solution would extend the functionality of their SharePoint 2013 site by providing the United Way with all the necessary tools to create accounts for users outside of their domain and then allow those users to view or use specified resources inside of SharePoint.   

Envision IT developed a self-service Extranet for United Way of Calgary and Area based on SharePoint 2013 that will be rolled out to board and committee members, campaign coordinators, volunteers, and others outside the organization and across the community. The Extranet User Manager for SharePoint has been integrated and customized, allowing new users to self-register and gain access to sites in SharePoint following an approval process. EUM allows the United Way to collaborate more effectively with external corporate giving campaigns, community agencies, committees and other stakeholders in a secure environment with individual permission levels. The solution allows designated group owners to directly manage their users, and provides external visitors with password management and lost password retrieval, as well as a landing page for displaying and directing them into the sites that they have access to. The Extranet will greatly reduce the overall reliance on IT within the organization, and will help the United Way of Calgary and Area collaborate more effectively with community partners.

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