In this episode of Giving & Gabbing, we chat with Meagan Given, Executive Director of the White Rose Leadership Institute, and host of Give Local York. Meagan shares her Giving Day story, highlighting her most recent experience coordinating an event that engaged supporters, both online and in-person, in meaningful ways.
The University of Baltimore (Ubalt) is a public university located in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland. With both graduate and undergraduate programs, this university is home to approximately 4,000 students from all walks of life. Set in an urban environment, University of Baltimore students do not live on campus and commute to their classes. Many of their students also work outside of their class schedule, and do not spend the majority of their time on campus.
Cybil Guess, Vice President of Donor Relations at Austin Community Foundation, shared her team’s experience using GiveGab’s Donation Forms to collect and distribute funds to seven organizations during A Night For Austin live-stream benefit.
In this episode of Giving & Gabbing, we connect with Nicholls State University’s Giving Day planning team - Jeremy Becker, the Executive Director of Nicholls Foundation; Hillary Charpentier, Development Director; and Katherine Mabile, Director of Alumni Affairs to discuss how they facilitate student participation during Give N Day.
“GiveGab's Giving Day product is robust, secure, and well-maintained. Their product team helped us develop the Giving Day site of our dreams, and with the help of their amazing product and customer success teams, we surpassed our goals. Our expectations were high and GiveGab delivered.”
-Brandon Tabor, Director of Marketing Operations for Notre Dame University
Nikki Robb, Program Manager at The Missoula County Community Foundation, shared her team’s experience pivoting their Giving Day strategy for a 100% virtual campaign amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19 with a 26-hour live stream event.
In the first episode of our second season, we brought on Stephanie Flinn, the Schneck Foundation's Executive Director, to talk about her team's experience running their inaugural Giving Day campaign, Shining a Light, on Giving Tuesday 2020.
Steve Savage and Steph Bailey from Cayuga Medical Center Foundation, along with Tiffany Bloss from Schuyler Health Foundation, shared the story behind their combined efforts to pivot from their two in-person galas to a streamlined virtual Giving Day during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What stands out most about GiveGab's Donation Forms is the ability to embed our donation forms right into our own website, making it a seamless web experience for our donors. We came from a product where our donation experience was hosted on a completely separate website from our station website. As a public television station, we have a lot of trac on our website related to content and programming, so it was important to us for our web visitors to have a user-friendly, easy, simple donation experience when they clicked our donate button and to be able to give right on our site.”
-Susannah Winslow, Vice President of Development at KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
In episode 10 of Giving & Gabbing, we chat with two extraordinary fundraising professionals at Family Promise National: Chief Impact Officer Cara Bradshaw and Chief Operating Officer Sandy Miniutti. Family Promise is a national organization serving the homeless population and low-income families.
Jennifer Remmes, Manager of Digital Resource Development at United Way of Rhode Island, shared her team’s experience planning for a state-wide event and what it was like to work with GiveGab for their inaugural 401Gives.
“The software is very user-friendly and intuitive, but also very aesthetically engaging and creates a really great platform for our donors to engage with. The support team is incredibly helpful throughout the entire process from planning to execution of our Giving Day.”
-Matthew Gorczyca, Director of Canisius Fund for Canisius College
Lesley Banis, Director of Programs at The Community Foundation of North Central Florida, shared her team's experience in postponing their Spring 2020 Giving Day, repurposing their site for Emergency Relief, and providing nonprofits with year-round engagement tools.
In Episode 8 of Giving & Gabbing, Jackie and Karin are joined by Carol, Director of Donor Relations & Programs at The Orange County Community Foundation. Carol and her team are responsible for coordinating philanthropic initiatives such as OC Nonprofit Central and their Social Innovation Fund.
“If you’re reading this, you probably understand how much work it is to plan a big day of giving. We signed on with GiveGab as we started to plan for our 6th annual day of giving and we could not be more satisfied with this decision. They’re organized, they do what they say they will and most importantly, they actually care. Sometimes I forget they have other clients because of how attentive and helpful they have been for us. They’re like an extension of our team and I have yet to find that level of support with any other provider!”
-Colleen Fida, Assistant Director of Annual Giving for Ursinus College
Christine Herlin, Manager of Nonprofit & Customer Relations at I Live Here I Give Here, shared her team’s experience using GiveGab for Amplify Austin Day, and the difference it made to their results.
In this episode of Giving & Gabbing, we welcomed Higher-Ed fundraising specialist Michelle Mullins onto our show. Michelle is the Assistant Director of Integrated Marketing Strategy at the College of Charleston (CofC) and oversees their annual Giving Day, CofC Day.
"The GiveGab team is a pleasure to work with - they have top notch customer service. Whether it's your first time utilizing the platform or 10th, they will provide the right amount of support to make your campaign a success."
-Karalee Harhaji, Director of the Fund for the Catholic University of America
“My advice is to work with an amazing platform like GiveGab because it really takes the pressure off. I am a staff of one so working with a platform that makes it easy for the nonprofits with great resources and customer service to support them is huge for me. I used to have to create all of those tools and support those organizations myself and now they take a lot of the pressure off of my back.”
-Meagan Given, Executive Director for Give Local York
Lisa Schooler, Director of Alumni Relations and Digital Media, and Katie Gunzelman, Assistant Director of Development & Communication at Wichita Collegiate School, shared their team’s experience launching their first Giving Day using GiveGab’s platform.
“The staff at GiveGab consistently went above and beyond ALL expectations. They worked with us to organize our most successful giving day in just a few weeks. They were available at all hours on our giving day and they were ALWAYS quick to reply to all questions in the weeks leading up to the last minute on giving day!”
-Gary Carskaddan, Senior Director of Annual Giving Programs for Sarah Lawrence College
In our April episode of Giving & Gabbing, we spoke with Kirk Windus, the Communications and Fund Development Manager for the Cattaraugus Community Foundation. His organization hosts Cattaraugus Gives, a Giving Day in western New York that raised $110,996 in its first year.
"For us, what we got back was staff time to focus our event planning efforts. Before we spent a ton of time just doing training and registration support. GiveGab made both of those things so easy. We have almost doubled what we raised since we first started working with GiveGab because giving is easy and we can really focus on donor engagement."
-Amy Little, CEO of the Idaho Nonprofit Center