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Score 10 out of 10
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Our organization used The GiveSmart platform in our annual fundraising efforts. We have used them to help host our annual gala— hybrid (online and live), for a couple of years, and strictly online during COVID-19. It is used primarily by 3 or 4 of us to run our silent auction during the event. It also helps with communication during the event. Using GS has created ease in auction bookkeeping, payments, and generating post-event thank you/tax letters.
Cindy Paullin | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use GiveSmart to facilitate a major fundraising event and a few additional campaigns throughout the year. GiveSmart is robust in features and allows us to handle ticketing, auction and instant purchase items, and marketing and communication needs.
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We started to use GiveSmart last year primarily as a silent auction platform for an event that we switch from in-person to virtual, but going forward we will begin using the platform's full capabilities. It has been very useful for contactless uses in the time of Covid to make all participants feel safe.
Jennifer Florek | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We initially purchased the GiveSmart package to conduct a virtual fundraiser for our advancement department. This is the fundraising arm of our school, which needed a quick solution for making a pivot from a traditional spring in-person fundraiser to a virtual only fundraiser. Over the course of the year, we have continued to use the platform for advancement/marketing, but now other departments have also begun to use it. This winter, our athletic department used it to run an online fundraiser where alumni could vote for their favorite coaches of school history. Athletic Department team members liked it so much, they have begun to use it as a way to register families for summer sports camps.
The main business problem it addresses for us is the ability to communicate with and perform transactions for several thousand alumni and families - we needed something easy to use, easy to make online donations and credit card transactions and easy to create several different types of events through.
Score 10 out of 10
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I am a parent volunteer and both of my sons' schools. I've brought the GS platform to both schools to use for fundraising. At both schools, we have annual galas, golf outings, smaller fundraising events, etc. I'm always pushing the school to use GS for as much as we can; there is no reason not to. It's a great tool and it's a great tool for the next crop of fundraisers after we move on.
Michelle Munro | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I joined our Rotary Club in June of 2020, during the lockdown phase of the pandemic. The club is small and they had always had 1 large fundraiser, a wine tasting during the holidays. With the pandemic, many of the folks thought we wouldn’t be able to raise money. I was made Director of Fundraising and with my committee’s assistance, one of whom owns a restaurant and lounge, we ended up selling sponsorships and wines. We needed a platform to make sales online and to track and display ads for our sponsors. GiveSmart was perfect. We ended up making close to $15,000 more than we had hoped for. We are going to keep the platform for this next year and are planning a few fundraisers that can be handled entirely online and a few that will involve in person aspects now that the pandemic is lifting. One will be a concert in which we can sell tickets using the platform, another will be similar to the wine sale but will also add an in person wine tasting event. Although I am the primary user, I do register a couple of other members to be administrators, for back up. Their tech savvy levels vary, but it is a user friendly platform and what isn’t easy, you can find a video tutorial, or write up in the help section for it. The staff are also excellent at getting beck to me quickly if problems arise.
Score 8 out of 10
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The Development Office uses GiveSmart for our events, texting campaigns, and other fundraising (for example we are currently selling commemorative sweatshirts). GiveSmart made it easy for us to pivot from in-person to virtual fundraising. It assists us in being able to set-up a website for any fundraising campaign and quickly sending out mass texts to our constituents. We use GiveSmart for event registration and on-line auctions.
Amber Berkey | TrustRadius Reviewer
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GiveSmart is currently used by the Philanthropy department, for fundraising purposes. Its primary use has been for our annual Gala, especially as we needed to host a virtual gala in 2020. We have used the Silent Auction, Raffle, Registration & Ticket Sales, Sponsorships, and "Buy Now" functions. We are anticipating adding additional campaigns to fundraise among employees, utilizing GiveSmart's Champion pages to allow for crowd-sourced fundraising. GiveSmart allows us to have ongoing fundraising throughout the year via technology such as text to donate and text to bid. It provides excellent reporting features and tracks all event revenue sources.
Score 9 out of 10
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Simmons College of Kentucky used GiveSmart as a streaming and online bidding platform for an event that our Office of Development and Community Engagement held. We were looking for a solution to help us with ticketing guests, collecting guest information, hosting an auction, and streaming the event. The GiveSmart software enabled us to do that. Currently, we are not using it cross-departmentally, though we hope to find new uses for the software.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use it to build our event sales, auctions, and financial needs. We use it for ticket sales, auction items, messaging during events, and event records. It is used by several of the employees across the organization. It addresses the need to have all components in our events in one customizable software program and enables us to keep financial and other records separate.
Score 8 out of 10
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Nordson used the GiveSmart platform for our annual employee giving campaign. We had to quickly switch from in-person events to online due to COVID-19. Multiple locations within the United States used the site to hold events and online auctions. This product was used by our production and office employees to raise funds for our communities.
Score 10 out of 10
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In the past year, GiveSmart has been used twice: first to facilitate an online auction, art sale, and holiday gift sale; and second as a fundraising vehicle for our chemistry lab. In the past, it has been used to host a silent auction for our annual gala. Currently, I am the sole user of the platform, but it has been used by another administrator and volunteers of our gala within the Advancement office. It is an excellent platform to share with our community.
May 27, 2021

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Score 10 out of 10
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We use GiveSmart to support various types of fundraising activities, including galas, auctions, Day of Giving and special projects. It is only used within the Development Office. However, the data analyses that come from the reports it produces are shared with the school's leadership team for planning purposes. It also assists us in expanding our prospect database.
Emilie Knud-Hansen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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While GiveSmart is obviously good at what it does, it is not designed for a small community non-profit. It offers an excessive amount of information that has no bearing on a small group like ours. I sought out one of your customers, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, to find a company to help us put on an online auction. Our events are always in-person, but that changed with the pandemic. My cochair Karen Starkey and I learned as much as we could in order to put on the auction, and it was a huge success, thank you! But it was extremely labor intensive for an organization that is unlikely to merge membership information.
Kelley Likes, MBA, CFRE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We are utilizing GiveSmart as a bidding and registration platform for two gala events. In the past, bidding was difficult and our donors weren't able to split their attention between our program and bidding on items. This allows people to register easily and bid from where they're at. It also helps our staff organize items, organize attendees and create a more streamlined experience.

What is GiveSmart?

GiveSmart™ is a mobile friendly online fundraising management platform designed to maximize and accelerate donor impact via event/campaign management tools, mobile donations, auction management, peer-to-peer, and secure payment processing for a single fundraising campaign or all year round fundraising. The vendor states their mission is to help nonprofits and organizations reach their fundraising goals while creating an engaging, exciting, and easy giving experience for their donors.

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Live stream with integrated fundraising! With GiveSmart’s one screen experience for live stream virtual events, fundraisers can run their program and direct donors to donate, bid, and participate in fundraising activities without leaving the presentation.Create, manage, and report on champion-led peer-to-peer fundraisers all in one place. Built to make giving easy and administration simple, the GiveSmart peer-to-peer platform allows you to empower your community around your cause. Expand your reach by allowing champions and supporters to create their own donation campaigns as a part of your peer-to-peer campaign and create branded landing pages to promote to their own networks. This helps amplify your mission with consistency and easy to use tools and software.Mobile bidding software designed with donors in mind. Giving should be as easy as possible. Bidders will receive a link to your auction site via text message, and with one click they’re browsing and bidding! With each outbid comes a text notification and a link back to that item. As an administrator, you can manage your auction from one dashboard, communicate with guests, and process payments.Manage annual campaigns, recurring giving, and online giving options all-in-one platform.

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Deployment TypesSaaS
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Supported CountriesCanada, United States

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What is GiveSmart?

GiveSmart, a Community Brands company, offers a full-service event management platform supporting event website, event registration, attendee tracking, donor management and data insights, and full customer service for entities wishing to raise funds via an auction or charity event. The platform also integrates technology from Community Brands brand Gesture to provide a comprehensive suite of services. GiveSmart replaces the former 501 Auctions, a platform to support charity auctions, mobile bidding, and general event management with automation for nonprofit fundraising.

What is GiveSmart's best feature?

Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 8.7.

Who uses GiveSmart?

The most common users of GiveSmart are from Small Businesses and the Non-profit Organization Management industry.