Humanitarian Software Foundation

Serious Enterprise Solutions for Non-profit Organizations

Humanitarian Software Foundation (HSF) is a non-profit that is passionate about helping to create better solutions that help benefit humanity. Our primary focus is on research and development to help create better technology and systems for humanitarian aid organizations. Secondarily, HSF is here to support worthy humanitarian non-profit organizations with grants or facilitation of 3rd party technology support. New initiatives are also in the works to develop solutions on other fronts, name green energy.

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Software Development Strategy

2021 has brought many big changes to HSF as our software continues to evolve to best meet the needs of our customers. HSF is in the process of transforming due to the growth of the Humanitarian Enterprise Logistics Managers (HELM©) product over the years, and the continued evolution and advancement of our Web Development Framework (WDF) into the new HELM Control Panel and Portessa™ Portal Builder.

HS LLC is an entity that will be the primary provider for sales and support services for Portessa™. The main focus of HSF is on R&D for the improvement of technology solutions for humanitarian causes, as well as starting new initiatives to work with donors to help support the causes of humanitarian aid organizations.

Humanitarian Software Information and Sales

Humanitarian Enterprise Logistics Manager (HELM©) is a full featured Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Logistics solution designed specifically for humanitarian aid and disaster relief organizations. The development of core modules to benefit the unique needs of the NGO/non-profit relief organizations has been a primary initiative of HSF for the past 10 years.

Web Portal Development Software

Portessa™ Portal Builder is an integrated website design tool that uses the popular WordPress platform, themes, and design standards to build websites with enterprise level data integration from most backend databases and systems. These web portals provide us with starting points for field operations, remote warehouses, and Partner Portals.


Humanitarian Software Foundation (HSF) helped develop our web based supply chain software solutions and website development tools. Our supply chain solutions are tailored for the humanitarian sector: NGO’s, humanitarian aid, and other related non-profits. Our software has developed over a thirty year history of software development and implementation experience.

Our main services revolve around the HELM© (Humanitarian Enterprise Logistics Manager) and Portessa™ Portal Builder. HELM is our core supply chain/warehouse management solution. Portessa is a customer portal building tool that can be used to customize HELM, or to extend functionality to build web portals and other solutions.

Supply Chain Solutions

HELM Overview

Our flagship product, HELM, is a robust and very flexible, configurable, and customizable solution; designed for a variety of supply chain and warehouse management functions. It has a variety of optional modules and tools which allow the installation to be configured and scaled easily to meet different needs. The application is vast and has been designed from the ground up to be flexible and easily customized.


The core of HELM is a WMS (warehouse management system) featuring modules for inventory control, purchase orders, gift in kind, advance shipment notifications, gift valuation, order entry, picking, shipping, and history. Other optional modules include kit building, display pack handling, client management, RF (radio frequency) barcoding.

Platform Details

HELM is a fully browser based application that can be either installed on your local server, or rented as a cloud based SaaS (software as a service) option. The front end web interface is primarily PHP based and developed with our WDF product. The back end runs on Apache webserver and the Oracle database.

Humanitarian Aid

Gift in Kind Donations

HELM addresses the unique needs of humanitarian aid organizations. From small foundations working in a local community to large NGO’s providing disaster relief world-wide, they all had a common thread – their business models did not fit well within traditional systems. Many aspects of non-profits are different. Receiving, valuing, and tracking donated goods, for example, is something that few traditional supply chain systems could address, until now.

GIK Processing

Other features built into HELM include the abilities to handle complex and regulated product tracking and shipping. Our knowledge and ability to address the unique needs of this very worthy group of clients, combined with experience with pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, disaster operations, international shipping, third world countries, etc. was the foundation that our solutions are based on today.


DSCSA Guidelines

A common thread in humanitarian aid and disaster relief is the logistical management of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies. The complexities of handling these products abound. This is why we have built HELM to handle the range of complex issues from FDA DSCSA (Drug Supply Chain Security Act) compliance, donor valuations and shipping and usage limitations and restrictions, international shipping considerations, state licensing rules, demanding donor reporting, and more.

Processing in HELM

HELM is designed to handle the technical side of tracking product lot, serial, expiration dates and other parameters, as well as load drug information and product catalogues from the FDA and drug manufacturers. Inbound receipt vs donor ASN validations and quarantines along with outbound shipping transaction history conform to the FDA requirements. HELM provides an extensive history of product movement from door to door not only to meet regulations and recall requirements, but also to provide data to reporting back to donors. The powerful report creation tools integrated into HELM give the ability to easily create additional reports or exports beyond the hundreds of available base reports available.

Flexibility and Scalability


From the very beginning of our software development journey 30 years ago, a core requirement has always been to provide a flexible and scalable solution. Giving the administrator the ability to enable and disable functions and features, change data entry pages, data fields, menus, and much more has only grown stronger with every release. This gives the ability to adapt the application to your needs, rather than try and make your business match a software program. HELM is available as an SaaS but if needed it can be installed on an on-site server.

Flexible Supply Chain Management

HELM and additional ala carte applications (like EDI processing, RESTful API, Tracelink Interface, etc.), the suite has grown to have over 30 modules to choose from. With the available choice of options it is becoming hard to categorize the product as simply an inventory or WMS solution. The functionality and features provide a solid supply chain management (SCM) solution.

Data Back End

At the Enterprise level, our core backend runs on the Oracle database by default. We also have IBM DB2 as an available option. These databases are supported on Windows servers as well as in more substantial Unix and AS400 midrange platforms. As a new introduction, for smaller applications, we support a community version that utilizes MySQL.

HELM and Portessa Portal Builder


The HELM Control Panel is a suite of website and data portal development tools for designing websites, web portals, and HELM web pages. This tool can be used to quickly develop a web page, integrate customer and HELM data portals, as well as customize and configure HELM.

Application Architecture

HELM has full integration with WordPress on the front end and with the secure Data Engine RESTful API on the backend. This means that you can have the most popular website CMS platform and access to virtually any dataset on the backend (not just HELM). The Data Engine provides a RESTful interface to access data from most any data source that can be accessed from java JDBC connectivity. This makes not only building a custom data portal into HELM a breeze, but gives powerful web integration possibilities for any other legacy system you may have.

Customer Web Portals

Customer portals for customer order entry, ecommerce, inventory logistics and many other applications can now be easily generated with our Portessa™ Portal Builder. With a cloud hosting option, we can even handle hosting of your data portals. Connecting facilities and organizations for a variety of applications and purposes is the way of the future, and where the majority of our development is now focused.

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