JDRF, a nonprofit organization focused on type 1 diabetes research, is rebuilding their entire web-based support system for their Online Diabetes Support Team to create a cutting-edge support network for people with Type 1 Diabetes. JDRF is using cloud computing to create a single location to track 5 million donor records. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has raised more than $1.6 billion for its research on type 1 diabetes.

Before migrating to the cloud, JDRF would take all donations in cash and on paper.


For JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, fund-raising and cloud computing have come together.

JDRF can now contact potential donors through email instead of through postal services and take payments by credit card instead of cash and checks. Operating its applications in the cloud also allows JDRF to run an IT shop in a very low-cost manner and put the requirements on the vendors.

Part of the migration to the cloud required a complete rebuild of JDRF's online diabetes support application. JDRF used crowdsourcing as a way to create the new support app more efficiently than traditional methods.


-- Cloud service provider (and TopCoder parent commpany) Appirio is the chief integrator that allows JDRF to bring these multiple cloud applications together under one Salesforce platform.

-- Participants re-register with JDRF every time they attend a walk, gala or ride, and have multiple log-ins

-- To avoid data duplication, JDRF needed a cloud vendor that could efficiently move data between cloud systems

-- The support application allows patients or their family members to get answers to their questions about diabetes from experts in the JDRF community

-- TopCoder provided a way for JDRF to create the support application quickly and at a lower cost