Communications of the IIMA


This paper describes the development of a scrip management application system to support the fund-raising needs of a youth swim team. A scrip program is a common fund raising activity used by many not-for-profit organizations and offers a long-term method of raising funds without asking people to spend more money than they normally would in their daily routine. A scrip program requires that people purchase coupons, certificates or cards (scrip) from the not-for-profit organization or directly from a national scrip organization. The scrip cards or certificates can then be used as cash. Each merchant or vendor then contributes a set percentage back to the not-for-profit. Utilizing an action research approach, the organizational and technical decisions will be discussed as well as the lessons learned. This should be of interest to practitioners interested in developing Web-based applications, as well as researchers who hope to engage in action research.