Realising that area schools had a need for engaging literacy curriculum, Pop Culture Classroom was originally founded in Denver in 2010 as Comic Book Classroom to improve students’ learning experiences through comic books. The founding enthusiasts were joined by educators and other volunteers and began focusing on lower income communities, inspiring a love of learning by embracing pop culture as classroom-worthy texts.
“We’re all just a bunch of nerds who wanted to share our love for pop culture. We realised a convention would be a great way to share our passion and raise money to fund our nonprofit. When it blew up, it really surprised everyone. NetSuite is helping us manage it all.” Angie Morency, Office Manager, Pop Culture Classroom
Seeking funding, the nonprofit launched Denver Comic Con in 2012. By 2018, it grew to become one of the largest such events in the country, boasting 115,000 attendees annually and providing STEM-approved programming to more than 100 schools in Colorado and another 100 libraries, nonprofits, and an onsite classroom at the PCC office.
The sudden explosion of Denver Comic Con quickly overwhelmed the small organisation, run largely by volunteers. An outsourced accountant using QuickBooks delivered little in the way of payment approvals and complex, manual processes created bottlenecks.
An Oracle NetSuite Social Impact software donation allowed the organisation to replace QuickBooks and bringing accounting in-house, making it better prepared to manage its massive event while also accounting for other funding sources. Automation allows the staff of 11 and volunteers to spend more time on promoting literacy.
As Pop Culture Classroom spreads its mission, attracting schools in other states, a prison program and day- and week-long workshops, it intends to lean on NetSuite to help manage its growth and provide real-time visibility into finances, donor relations and more.