Family Intranet

Family Intranet


Initial Challenges:

A prominent Seattle family was referred to Blue Sky Projects with an interesting challenge: How do you keep 7 generations, and more than 400 relatives, connected and informed? Because of their philanthropic work and overlapping business connections with one another, they already had an established public-facing website. What they needed now was a private intranet that would allow family members to search for one another, exchange contact information, read about each other’s accomplishments, and make it easy to plan large reunions and other events.

Because of their philanthropic work and overlapping business connections with one another, they already had an established public-facing website. What they needed now was a private intranet that would allow family members to search for one another, exchange contact information, read about each other’s accomplishments, and make it easy to plan large reunions and other events.

Design and Functional Solutions:

The creative team at Blue Sky Projects first met with the family’s leadership to learn more about what kinds of features would be needed within the intranet. After getting a sense of the different areas of functionality that would be required, we set about developing a back-end, password-protected interface that would be clean, intuitive, and in line with the family foundation’s existing branding.

The result was an intranet that isn’t just easy to expand, but works for users on multiple levels. Family leadership, board members, and foundation directors enjoy administrator-level access, while any relative – including seniors and minors – can log in to share their interests and contact others they know.

Outcomes:

The resulting family intranet combines the best features of Facebook, LinkedIn, and meeting planner software. With its increased functionality, it serves as a hub for the entire family, allowing them to manage trusts, plan events, and communicate socially all through one easy-to-use interface.

Individual members can not only stay in touch, but look for other relatives who live in their area, share their hobbies, or have business relationships and interests in common. With strong security and password protection, a large group of prominent people are able to share with one another in a safe, private online space. As the family continues to grow and even add more generations, they’ll have all the tools they need to talk, meet, and collaborate in the future.