Case Study

The State Fair of Texas


The State Fair of Texas is a celebration of all things Texan – including its rich livestock and agriculture heritage. What you may not know is each year more than 5,200 students participate in the youth events and leadership contests. And, over 600 volunteers participate in critical ongoing fundraising efforts to fulfill the mission.


Before working with 501ops, the State Fair managed volunteers through Excel spreadsheets and managed donations through Quickbooks. However, the two
systems were not connected. As a result, two full-time staff members and many volunteers spent copious amounts of hours managing the complete process. Due to tracking across multiple spreadsheets, it was extremely challenging for us to pull reliable reports on our volunteers and donors.


From our very first meeting, I was confident that 501ops could create and implement a customized platform to bolster our future success. Candor and “can do” are descriptors that immediately come to mind. They walked through our current process in detail and gave effective, creative suggestions – all of which were then woven into a living and workable fabric of support tailored to our specific needs and goals.


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