Wilderness Inquiry is a nonprofit organization that helps people from all walks of life to personally experience the natural world. Each year Wilderness Inquiry operates more than 100 multi-day trips to locations around the world. In addition to these trips, they offer a variety of day long programs, training sessions and other events.

LuminFire has been a long term technology partner helping to build their back-end office systems in FileMaker that includes a powerful CRM/ERP system as well as their WordPress website that has interactive maps (GIS) and exchanges information with FileMaker. LuminFire’s contributions help make it possible for more people to enjoy the life changing adventures made possible by Wilderness Inquiry. BrilliantSync is a critical technology for connecting their FileMaker database to their website.

In the trip finder, potential participants can type something in, with results that change as you type. The solution syncs trip information directly from FileMaker that is used in the type-ahead searching. The trip finder also includes faceted searching, so you can see that (for example) there’s eight tandem canoe trip that match your results. Through the website, we take advantage of customized search algorithms, caching, and tech tricks to make searching fast.

The map includes spatial data using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software features. Each button is connected to the trip destinations for that region.

Fundraising on the site is enabled by integrating a WordPress plugin called “Charitable”, for “champion based fundraising.” This is also using BrilliantSync to translate and exchange information with FileMaker.

“Our FileMaker system has been a key component to our success at Wilderness Inquiry. Over many years has enabled us to consistently do more work with less staff. We work with LuminFire on our technology because they are the best at what they do.” – Greg Lais, Executive Director

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Tim Cimbura

Tim Cimbura – CEO and Software Engineer

Tim is an expert in creating custom business solutions that make your work more effective, productive, and profitable. He specializes in FileMaker app development (certified in versions 8-17) for macOS, Windows, iPad/iPhone as well as integration with the web using WordPress, and AppleScript. He knows Apple technology and Windows systems inside and out.