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Social media and the Internet have
completely changed the way people donate money and discover causes they're
interested in. To help your organization find the tools it needs, we have compiled
a list of the best software and web-based tools along with resources on how to
meet the many challenges of modern fundraising.
TechSoup offers a wide variety of
fundraising tools through its donation programs. From developing your own online
store to taking donations from your phone, TechSoup has you covered.
Want to reach donors
online or via social media? There are a variety of tools and platforms out
there, many of them are free, to help you galvanize your supporters online.
apps make it easy to connect with donors and track campaigns right from your
smartphone. Discover mobile fundraising tools in our Cool App Round-Up:
Fundraising Edition as well as some examples of apps that make fundraising
interactive and entertaining.
text message is one of the easiest ways to raise money for your organization. The Connect2Give discount program at TechSoup provides mobile donation and communication services to eligible nonprofits, charities, and public libraries.
TechSoup has dozens of resources on
fundraising tools and best practices available. Start exploring on Fundraising Articles and How-tos page or take a look at some of selected articles:
Do you use a fundraising tool that
isn't listed here? Share with us in the comments or join the discussion in the TechSoup Community forums.
Image: Donation jar, (Flickr)
Ginny Mies is a Content Curator at TechSoup Global.
I love Shopify so much. So worth using and so easy to make a stunning looking online store or donation page. Definitely a +1 from me on that one.
Ginny, can I suggest an addition to the list? I don't know if this is against the rules here as I am connected to the product - feel free to edit or delete if I'm stepping over the line.
EnvoyRelate ( http://envoyrelate.com ) is a donor management tool that makes donor care for small nonprofits easy as pie. We've found it to be an awesome tool for small nonprofits (I suppose like many using TechSoup) because it's not a big database system that costs heaps or requires much skill. It fits really nicely with something like a Shopify/Mailchimp combination or just plain old reporting on what financial data is coming through your website.
We are looking at Razoo & Rally.org as our two choices. Anyone have any experience with either?
Matt (MVFYMCA) - that would be a *great* question to ask on the software branch of the TechSoup community: forums.techsoup.org/.../20.aspx
Are you saying, "If I join the program, I can get donations from different companies, etc. . . .
Just last week I was dismayed to find that ChipIn is no longer operating, since it was apparently bought out by a different company in February and shut down. I used ChipIn for both charity-related projects but also for gift giving from groups of friends (group baby shower gifts, helping support a friend on a trip to Haiti to bring supplies and medical expertise, etc).
I wish there was a new ChipIn, and I've done a little looking around and see that some companies have tried to position themselves as the latest and greatest version, but I was still sad to see that a great, easy tool is no longer available. If you click through on your link above, you'll see the note from the company about no longer letting folks "chip in" and no mention of any type of replacement planned. :(
We are looking closely at DonorSnap. it seems to be a full feature product for a small price.
Our company has just launched a new on-line silent auction software service called SilentFundRaising.com
We offer one low-cost fixed price based on auction duration, so you can keep more of the funds you raise.
NO annual hosting fee. NO expensive setup fee. NO variable percentage pricing. Reach more bidders, Raise more money.
SilentFundRaising.com enables nonprofit organizations to create on-line silent auctions one, two or even
three months before the day of their event. Event attendees are able to view auction catalog items and
choose their favorites before the event. They can even place their bids on-line.
Crowdfunding campaigns can move in several different directions and usually a lot will be told early on, in the initial few days. The information is showing that only 1/3 are being successful across the main platforms found. This is a great article able on "Fundraising: The Tech Tools You Need". A lot of time will go into preparing and making plans, thinking about how to execute your strategy. Great tips!!