Transforming Donation Processes with Powerful Digital Workflows

Learn how University of Houston used the Formstack platform to revamp its internal donation processes with online forms, documents, and eSignatures.


University of Houston received more than $1.1 billion in donations from nearly 1.5 million donors in 2019, and many of those gifts required a lot of manual processing. When donations would come in over the phone, the gift processing staff would manually fill out an Excel sheet to designate the type of gift and how it should be distributed.

That data would then be shared through email, physically routed to the correct people, and manually entered into their systems. Once the data was compiled into a document, the data collector, relationship manager, and gift processor would approve and physically sign. The process was slow, paper-based, and often caused bottlenecks and data entry issues.  


The Advancement team created an entirely digital donation workflow using the Formstack platform of Forms, Documents, and Sign. The gift preparer enters data into the secure form, which then automatically generates a finalized donation document.

The document is automatically routed to the relationship manager and gift processor for approval and electronic signatures. Automated notifications ensure the document is signed quickly, eliminating bottlenecks and helping the process flow smoothly. Because the process was so easy to build and implement, other teams at the university are now looking into ways to adopt the Formstack Platform as well.

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Eliminated manual data entry

Adopted digitization across multiple teams and processes

Improved data security

Created HIPAA, PCI, and GDPR compliant processes

Reduced costs

Consolidated software within their tech stack

Automated workflows

Reduced process bottlenecks by automating reminders and document routing

Video Transcript

Established in 1927, the University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership, and engagement. Located in a sprawling metropolis, the campus provides students with cutting-edge programs, including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance, and continuing education studies.
Higher Education
Donation Workflow
Forms, Documents, Sign