Our Simple Goal - Make Everyone a Fundraising Expert

The team at GiveGab hunkered down this brutal winter to work on various things.  For those of you fortunate enough to have forgotten what winter was like, here is a reminder:

One of the better days

One of the better days

Our main goals have been to stay warm and build features to make fundraising a breeze for everyone. We haven't been doing so well at staying warm, but we have been cranking out some amazing features we'd like to share with you. 

Before I do that, maybe I should tell you a little about our new focus.  We set out to make anyone an expert fundraiser, or at least a more confident fundraiser. If you work at a nonprofit, we want to provide you and your volunteer fundraisers the tools and education needed to be successful. 

We started by building an online toolkit for anyone doing peer-to-peer fundraising for a nonprofit. People that fall into this category might not work for a nonprofit, or have any fundraising experience, but they really want to help. They thrust themselves into the position of being a fundraiser, but they might not know where to start when it comes to actually fundraising. We realize that this can be awkward and intimidating spot to be in - "Who do I reach out to? What do I say?". Oftentimes, someone might just share out to Facebook once and be done. This is not an effective form of fundraising.

And that's why we built these tools.

Everything we build starts a little like this:

IdeaS Dumped onto whiteboard

These ideas, combined with feedback from nonprofits and fundraisers, morphed over time into actual functionality on the site. Stuff like allowing fundraisers to create a beautiful page that they can add a personal story and photos to. This takes on the styling of the campaign for which they are fundraising, so it is consistent with the nonprofit's branding.

A PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE

A PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE

Fundraisers have access to their "toolkit", this is a compilation of tips and features to help them raise funds.

START CUSTOMIZING YOUR FUNDRAISER

START CUSTOMIZING YOUR FUNDRAISER

Fundraisers are given tools to reach out via email and social media to their supporters. Beyond just messaging, these tools help keep track of who received a message, who donated, and who still needs to be sent a "Thank You" message.

SEE WHO YOU'VE CONTACTED

SEE WHO YOU'VE CONTACTED

WE ALREADY WROTE THE EMAIL FOR YOU!

WE ALREADY WROTE THE EMAIL FOR YOU!

REMEMBER TO THANK YOUR SUPPORTERS

REMEMBER TO THANK YOUR SUPPORTERS

We also have a section of interesting tips to help them along the way. Fundraisers can even submit a tip to help out fellow fundraisers.

GET IDEAS, GIVE IDEAS

GET IDEAS, GIVE IDEAS

We've added some stickers to reward fundraisers who are successful.

UMMM, STICKERS...NOT MUCH ELSE TO SAY

UMMM, STICKERS...NOT MUCH ELSE TO SAY

Stay tuned for even more features next month. In the meantime, if you have any fundraising experience, please share it with us. We're always looking for feedback on how we can make GiveGab better!


Jay Rogan

Product Director, Engineering Mgr, Co-Founder

@jroganphoto

The Six Steps of Effective Grant Writing

The Six Steps of Effective Grant Writing

When I first began contracting as a grant writer, I had a client named Nick who was very concerned about his budget and his ability to fund my time. Sympathetic to the situation of new organizations, I explained to him that we could work together so that he could become accustomed to the process of preparing proposals, until his budget expanded. “No way!” he had exclaimed incredulously, “I don’t do my own taxes or perform my own dental work! Why would I think I could write my own grants!?”

To an extent, Nick was correct to assume that grant writing was a technical skill and that performing it with competency was challenging. However, there is much that an organization can do to sustain itself. While Nick may not do his own dental work, I certainly hope that he is brushing and flossing each day! In the same spirit, there is much an organization can do to help maintain a healthy budget. Many organizations will still require professional assistance in the long term, but certain submissions may be easily prepared in-house in a few simple steps.

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