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Community Building Platform

What is the NPCA Community Building Platform?

National Peace Corps Association’s Community Building Platform is an all-in-one service designed to increase the visibility of affiliate groups, strengthen engagement with members, and improve groups’ fundraising capacity to support programs. It’s part of our commitment to techcnology and services to help affiliate groups thrive.
The Community Building Platform is powered by SilkStart and has recently been upgraded to better serve affiliate groups. With more than 60 groups already using the platform — and many more in the process of joining — NPCA is excited to facilitate increased connectivity and collaboration between our affiliate groups and the broader Peace Corps community.


The platform is an all-inclusive system. It supports:

  • member management
  • website creation, hosting, and administration
  • communications and marketing
  • calendar and event organization
  • fundraising campaigns
  • payments and invoicing

Ready to transition your group to SilkStart? Have questions? Email [email protected].


Having an online presence is key to increasing your group’s membership engagement. A website is the best way to communicate your mission and activities to your members (and potential new members!), share information, and offer opportunities to get involved.

The Community Building Platform offers:

  • pre-built template designed specifically for the Peace Corps community. It’s a great launching point, and is still easily customizable to be tailored exactly for your group’s needs.
  • A modern, easy-to-use, mobile-friendly website.


Membership Database

A nationally integrated membership database — complete with a variety of management features — allows you to better communicate with, track, and engage your members. The inter-connectivity of the platform makes it easier for both group leaders and group members.

The Community Building Platform offers:

  • national database, allowing members to view their membership status in all their groups and update their information from a single login point.
  • Real-time updates on membership purchases, renewals, or  changes to contact information.
  • Groups can set multiple membership plans — both free and paid.
  • An automated renewal process which automatically sends members reminders when it is time to renew.
  • An online, searchable membership directory for your members to use to further connect.


Fundraising Campaigns

The campaigns page and payment processing center facilitates your fundraising initiatives to increase your group’s impact. Raise funds to support that causes or projects that matter most to your members.

The Community Building Platform offers:

  • The flexibility to run targeted campaigns for a specific project or program. You can offer multiple campaigns at the same time, allowing donors to choose what they are most passionate about.
  • progress bar that lets donors immediately see how their contribution is making a difference in reaching the goal.
  • An automated system that allows people to sign up for a recurring donation on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis, in addition to sending out automatic thank-you emails.


Communications Platforms

Communications tools are essential to keeping your membership engaged and encouraging their continued participation as members, donors, or volunteers. Use these tools to share information about your activities and accomplishments to keep your community informed.

The Community Building Platform offers:

  • An e-newsletter features that offers a variety of pre-formatted templates you can use to send regular e-newsletters or stand-alone messages.
  • blog to share news and stories from around the Peace Corps community with your members.


Events Calendar

Engage with your members in person! You can organize free events or paid events, and collect ticket sales directly through the website.

The Community Building Platform offers:

  • A calendar that can be organized by color-coded event categories for easy scanning of types of upcoming events
  • Automated emails to remind people about events they are registered for.
  • Easily downloadable registration lists for organizers to use during check in or future outreach.

Ready to start?

Email [email protected], to schedule a meeting for a more depth tour of the system, to answer any questions you may have, and to discuss pricing.


Group Testimonial Videos

Affiliate Pro Package

The Community Building Platform comes as a part of the Affiliate Pro package. This package includes additional benefits such as a complimentary Peace Corps Connect conference ticket and has tiered pricing based on the annual revenue of your group. Please read this document for more details about NPCA Affiliation, the Affiliate Pro plan, and pricing.

Not Ready to Transition to the New Platform?

Every group still has a profile in NPCA’s online Affiliate Group Directory.

Click here to find your group’s page, and if needed, watch this video to learn how to make updates.  


Email us at:
[email protected]

Click here for a full list of links to group websites using the Community Building Platform

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