University Heights Tool Library
University Heights Tool Library found the Volunteer Management they were looking for with GiveGab!
University Heights Tool Library is a nonprofit organization that aims to facilitate self-reliance, civic engagement, and grassroots reinvestment in neighborhoods by providing residents with the tools they need to affect the positive change they want to see!
Aaron Krolikowski, Managing Volunteer for the University Heights Tool Library, shared his success story using GiveGab. Having never used an online fundraising platform before, Aaron described the many benefits he experienced using GiveGab.
Aaron first looked into using GiveGab for volunteer management due to a variety of frustrations, including high subscription fees, coordinating volunteer logistics, and tracking volunteer hours.
"We had been trying to figure out solutions to the problems associated with handling frequent volunteer opportunities. The UHTL staff sketched out its vision for an ideal system. Three weeks later, we found GiveGab and it has made our community-directed work so much easier to manage."
When asked for the top reasons for choosing GiveGab, Aaron said: "We wanted a platform that would give us flexibility in fundraising for smaller initiatives. Tree plantings, graffiti removal, blight mitigation, community gardening. We're gearing up for a new membership drive and project-based fundraising this Spring, so been on the lookout!"
GiveGab helped University Heights Tool Library overcome challenges they had before: "We're able to experiment with different types of fundraising. Our goal is to run simultaneous service and fundraising campaigns tied directly to problems identified in our neighborhood. With GiveGab's combination of low fees, easy-to-build campaigns, and the best volunteer management system we've seen...I think we'll be able to overcome those challenges pretty quickly."
When it comes to GiveGab's variety of platform features, Aaron told us: "We really like that volunteers can log their hours, it allows us to demonstrate that donations can be leveraged alongside time-based 'community investment'."
Aaron shared with us his most positive experience using GiveGab so far: "We run a program with the University at Buffalo Honors College, where 45 students work with us on over 30 service events during the course of a single semester. It was a nightmare to manage everyone's schedules and hour logs. GiveGab has streamlined that entire process, giving us more time to do things like plant trees, keep the parks clean, and work with our neighbors on the things that really matter."
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