Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is join::table?
A: join::table is a resource for non-profits and public schools who need pro bono FileMaker development. join::table is a resource for FileMaker developers who wish to do pro bono work.

Q: I’m a non-profit / public school in need of FileMaker help; how can join::table help me?
A: We’d love to help you find a FileMaker developer as well as give you some guidance on forming a successful relationship with a FileMaker developer. Please contact us via our contact form or email us at’d love to learn more about your situation and how we can help you.

Q: I’m a FileMaker Developer and I would like to do pro bono work, how can join::table help me?
A: We’d like to help you find non-profits / public schools to work with, and we’d love to give you tips and resources, too! Please contact us on our Contact page or email us at

Q: Can I be paired up with someone to work on a project?
A: We’d love to get to the point where we can connect FileMaker developers with each other and build project teams, but we aren’t doing that yet. Stay tuned as our organization matures and grows…

Q: Is there a limit on how much time I will need to commit to a pro bono project?
A: That’s really up to the development team to decide. We strongly recommend setting a limit of some sort, whether it be total hours spent or hours spent per month / year. As a developer donating time, you want pro bono work to be an enjoyable experience you always want as part of your weekly work routine and not become a negative burden. We highly recommend making these limitations clear at the beginning of the relationship.

Q: How is a pro bono project different from a paid project?
A: The main difference is that that pro bono projects are not paid projects; they are volunteered time. Also, work might be done during off hours if the FileMaker developer has “day job” commitments during the work week, which also may result in a longer timeframe to complete the work. But besides that, they should be treated very similarly. We recommend writing estimates, tracking time spent, gathering proper requirements, doing quality assurance, setting deadlines, documenting your work, etc. You should not cut corners and sacrifice quality of work merely because the project is pro bono.