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RenWeb Acquires Faithwebsites & Auction Trak

teampic-2015-12-31We are excited to announce that Dynamic Internet Solutions signed an agreement to have RenWeb, a Nelnet company, acquire the Faithwebsites and Auction Trak product lines.

Auction Trak will join RenWeb’s growing family of online products serving schools and nonprofit organizations.

Faithwebsites will remain largely as it is today – serving churches and ministries with the same easy-to-use, yet robust Content Management System.

Curriculum Trak and Donor Trak, two of our other DIS products, were not acquired and will remain part of the DIS family.

Business As Usual

Right now, even today, not much will change for you and your users. We’re not moving underlying networks or making any significant changes. Support and service will continue as normal.

For Curriculum Trak customers, you will continue to work with the same team – including Sheryl, Dan, Laura and Mike. Again, Curriculum Trak remains under the same ownership and management of DIS.

Riding Along the Change

One of the reasons we are excited is that most of our Faithwebsites team is going right along with our customers – they have joined the Nelnet team and will continue serving you just as they always have. This includes Jeremy, one of the founding partners, as well as Matt, Molly, Amanda B, Bekah, Graham, Amanda S, and Will. They are determined to continue doing what they do best – serving ministries and exploring new avenues for growth in websites and online auction fundraising.

Some Changes Are Tough

There’s always some hardships with change, isn’t there? As part of this, Mike and Jeremy had to pursue different paths, after a 14+ year business relationship together. Jeremy is moving on to new development opportunities with RenWeb, and will remain a part of both the Faithwebsites and Auction Trak teams. Mike will continue to operate DIS and focus on growing and developing our Curriculum Trak product. The needs of curriculum mapping are quite different from website building. While this change is hard, the blessing is that it allows each product to flourish and meet the specific needs of our customers.

Bob, a long time member of the customer support team, will be continuing with the Faithwebsites team through the transition. However, in the coming months, he is transitioning to full-time ministry.

Also, near and dear to our team’s heart is the changing relationship with Lisa, our operations manager. After 5+ years of managing things here at DIS, Lisa won’t be moving on with the Faithwebsites team. Not to worry though – Lisa will officially rejoin the Faithwebsites, School Site AND Curriculum Trak products as a customer and marketing consultant!

For those of you who personally know or have been able to work directly with us (Mike, Jeremy or Lisa), know that going forward, the Faithwebsites and Auction Trak team hold our vision for the company mission dear and will continue to honor what this company was built upon – dedication to those who serve others through ministry or education.

RenWeb’s School Site and Faithwebsites – how are they different? How are they the same?

School Site, the CMS product for RenWeb, is actually the same Faithwebsites CMS! DIS and RenWeb have been partners for many years, so this acquisition really just brings all the products under one roof.

School Site differs from Faithwebsites in that it is integrated with RenWeb, and supported by the RenWeb customer support team that already works hand and hand with those schools. Faithwebsites is not integrated with RenWeb, and additionally certain service plan levels for Faithwebsites do not offer the same level of tools, modules and storage that the School Site’s plan may offer.

Going forward, Faithwebsites will look to grow by serving additional churches and ministries. School Site will continue to focus on serving private and Christian schools. While we may start to enhance each CMS differently in the future, right now, there’s are no changes for you and your users.

I’m a current Faithwebsites customer, do I have to move to RenWeb / School Site?

No! All current customers of Faithwebsites can simply continue as you are – FWS customers! Like we said above, it’s business as usual for you.

Why RenWeb?

As mentioned above, DIS and RenWeb have been partners for a long time. As RenWeb’s niche market is serving private and Christian schools, and a good share of Faithwebsites customers are schools or church & school combined customers, it made great sense to put all the products under the same roof.

We are a church, not a school… where does RenWeb fit for us?

RenWeb doesn’t currently work with churches specifically, although working in the Christian education industry, they connect with churches all the time. It has been a goal of theirs to begin serving the church and ministry sector, and with this acquisition, that goal can begin to be realized! Remember though, Faithwebsites continues serving churches and ministries.

I’m a customer of Curriculum Trak and Faithwebsites and/or Auction Trak – how’s this going to work?

DIS will continue to provide, support and develop Curriculum Trak, and your invoicing will continue to come from DIS. In the near future, your invoice for Faithwebsites and/or Auction Trak will change, but you’ll receive an update of that before it happens.

Will my rates change?

No. At this time, all current customers will maintain the same service fees. Fees for new customers, or new services, may be increasing in 2016, but your fees are going to remain the same for now. We can’t guarantee that forever, of course, but we can assure you that there is no immediate service fee increase due to this acquisition.

Thank you and more coming soon!

We are so deeply grateful for every person that’s contributed to our story so far. Our team members, our friends, our family and certainly you – our customer. Thank you for being a part of this growth, for trusting us with your business, your ministry. Because of your support, our future is filled with potential and exciting growth opportunities. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings, and are thrilled to have each and every one of you be part of that.

We’d be remiss to not take a moment and share this video with you – a few of you have already seen this but most of you haven’t. It’s a video that shares who the team at DIS is, and that passion continues as the team moves forward now, part with RenWeb and part with Dynamic Internet Solutions.

Mike Vander Berg, Jeremy Eisenga and Lisa Gutknecht

 

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