OVI annually recognizes outstanding new and long-standing projects from member support groups throughout North America.  Endeavors in which volunteers have been intimately involved in the conception and implementation of a project, and which are designed to educate, build audience, support the many facets of a company’s work need to be applauded and shared. So too are programs to train volunteers for work with the company and in the community and to attract new members to their support groups.

Applications for a Project of Special Merit Award need to be submitted by May 31, 2021. Click here to download a pdf of the application materials.

2020 Projects of Special Merit

Opera Guild Portal

The goals of this project were the creation of a more effective, efficient and secure way of communicating information among the Board of Directors and related Committees, providing a repository for important documents and increasing knowledge retention across the organization year over year.

The Opera Guild Portal project was created by the San Francisco Opera Guild VP of Development. After internal due diligence, the platform selected was Google Suite, which offers a broad set of products created and maintained by Google at zero cost to the organization making this model applicable to any other small non-profit. With the creation of one gmail.com account, the SF Opera Guild now benefits of a Google-Site (aka, portal), a Google-Drive, many Google-Folders and Google-Documents with access permissions and rights managed by the Staff in partnership with the Executive Committee members.

The design and development of the Google-Site and Google-Drive was completed by one person, but the Staff and Executive Committee members were and are now responsible for the upload of the documents relevant to their activities. Overall, it took 3 months to complete the effort and gather key documents and material to finalize the first version of the portal. Once the initial design and development of the SF Opera Guild Portal was completed the ownership and maintenance have been transferred to the Staff for on-going updates.

San Francisco Opera Guild


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