This Guidance demonstrates how Nonprofits can personalize experiences across the fundraising lifecycle with donors such as a) right amount to solicit, b) right frequency of engagement, c) right channel, leveraging AWS data lake and other AWS services.

Architecture Diagram

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Well-Architected Pillars

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

The architecture diagram above is an example of a Solution created with Well-Architected best practices in mind. To be fully Well-Architected, you should follow as many Well-Architected best practices as possible.

  • The Personalized Engagement with Donors/Members Platform (PEDMP) reference architecture is using fully-managed AWS services. The solution can be deployed with infrastructure as code and automation for fast iteration and consistent deployments. The platform can be monitored using Amazon CloudWatch and audited using AWS CloudTrail logs.

    Read the Operational Excellence whitepaper 
  • Use Lake Formation for unified governance to centrally manage security, access control (at the table, row, and column security levels), and audit trails for the data. Lake Formation also enables automatic schema discovery and conversion to required formats. 

    Read the Security whitepaper 
  • By leveraging fully-managed AWS services in this architecture, the solution is automatically scalable, available, and deployed across all Availability Zones.

    Read the Reliability whitepaper 
  • By using fully-managed AWS services, you only provision and utilize the resources you need. To maximize the performance of the PEDMP solution, run periodic stress and performance tests with varying volumes of data to test the system performance.

    Read the Performance Efficiency whitepaper 
  • By using fully-managed AWS services that scale automatically based on demand, you only pay for the resources you use. With QuickSight's pay-per-use pricing and serverless architecture, this platform delivers increased value to the business, faster and at lower costs compared to other competitive visualization tools/services.

    Read the Cost Optimization whitepaper 
  • Minimize your environmental impact. The data lake uses processes to automatically move infrequently accessed data to cold storage with Amazon S3 lifecycle configurations. By using fully-managed AWS services and dynamic scaling, this architecture minimizes the environmental impact of the backend services.

    Read the Sustainability whitepaper 

Implementation Resources

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