Inspiring Minds Spotlight: Empowering Providence Students

This post is part of our Spotlight series, where we spotlight our incredible partners. We are so thrilled that GivePulse has been able to work with these nonprofits, institutions, and corporations!


A volunteer with Inspiring Minds Power Lunch program uses his lunch break to mentor elementary school students

Inspired volunteers

With programs spanning the Providence public school district, Inspiring Minds maintains deep ties to the Providence, RI community. Inspiring Minds has several programs that work with elementary school students in Providence; according to Melissa Emidy, Executive Director of Inspiring Minds, “the underlying theme of all of our programs is that adults go into classrooms in Providence public schools and create relationships and support academic success.” 

These relationships rely upon effective and consistent engagement from volunteers and the nonprofit. Emidy defines engagement as “being authentic and listening to the needs of your community, and providing services that are impactful and effective and to the benefit of your community.” This focus on authenticity and impact has shaped the recently updated mission of Inspiring Minds: “Inspiring Minds empowers students for success in school and life by supporting them with trusted relationships, tutoring and mentoring from inspired community members.” Trusted relationships are at the forefront of Inspiring Minds’ mission. 


If volunteers are to create trusted relationships in Providence public schools, they must recognize how their own backgrounds and those of the students impact their work.

Building bridges

To accomplish this mission, the volunteers need to understand the context of their work. In order to create trusted relationships in these schools, they must recognize how their own backgrounds and those of the students impact their work. 

“Both students and teachers come with background information, most from different places,” says Emidy. “We work with elementary school kids only, and 95% of those kids are students of color, 86% are poor, and our teachers are overwhelmingly white middle class women. They have different backgrounds.” This is where the volunteers come in: “By bringing community members into the classrooms, we build a bridge between those two worlds.” 

While many teachers commute in from towns and cities beyond the Providence border, volunteers are members of the Providence community. Through Inspiring Minds’ programs, Emidy says, “Kids build a relationship with someone who’s in their supermarket — how cool is that? Having community members in the class is awesome.”

Functioning within dysfunction 

The work being done by Inspiring Minds and their volunteers is necessary and complicated. Providence public schools were recently the focus of national attention when an investigation by Johns Hopkins University researchers found that students in Providence public schools were performing drastically below the national average, with 90 percent of students not proficient in math and 80 percent not proficient in English. The reasons for this are widespread, including extensive issues of bullying and fighting, low student engagement, and low teacher morale.  Emidy describes the report as “93 pages of absolute heartbreak.” While she notes that there are good practices happening at some schools, the underlying conditions surrounding Inspiring Minds’ work remain complex: “We are a community agency functioning within dysfunction.” 

“The underlying problem,” Emidy adds, “is systemic racism, and that’s a big issue to grapple with, especially for people who haven’t been on that journey to understand their privilege.” In this context, training and volunteer management are crucial, particularly as the volunteers’ actions in the school can be life-altering for students. “In a lot of cases,” Emidy says, “these trusted relationships between community members and students makes [the student’s] day.” To build this trust, volunteers must learn how to communicate with and inspire these students. 


“We are a community agency functioning within dysfunction.”

New model

Before Inspiring Minds started using GivePulse, volunteer management took up a significant amount of time that could otherwise have been used for training volunteers and interacting with schools. But with GivePulse, “We are so much more efficient,” Emidy says. “We can spend more time in schools supporting volunteers; our whole entire agency has shifted because of GivePulse. We don’t spend nearly as much time matching and placing — we spend much more time at schools.” 


An Inspiring Minds mentor helps a student to work through his assignment 

This shift in focus from volunteer management to program enrichment is evident in the roles of the Inspiring Minds staff. “In our new model,” Emidy says, “we have a program director who is going to be meeting with teachers and learning what our kids’ needs are through data and conversation.” With the extra time provided by a responsive management system, this director “can then go into a classroom and coach [the volunteers] in how to work with that kid.” According to Emidy, this is “transformational from where we were two years ago.” 

Inspiring Minds worked to set up GivePulse in the summer of 2018. Emidy says that the best thing Inspiring Minds ever did in setting up GivePulse was to hire an intern whose role was to learn and train others in the platform. “Anyone that’s going to change and have a new system is going to have an implementation plan,” Emidy says. “You’ve got to have a subject matter expert, and you’ve got to have someone who’s going to do the tedious work and then train your staff.” 

In regards to these trainings, Emidy adds, “Be patient.” It may take time for volunteers and coordinators to engage fully with GivePulse, but once they do, the organization will transform. Overall, Emidy says that switching to GivePulse “has changed our organization tremendously. I’m happy with it; I tell people all the time.” 


With GivePulse, Emidy says, “We don’t spend nearly as much time matching and placing — we spend much more time in schools.”

Increased information

A key facet of this change is the information Emidy is able to gather through GivePulse. Before using GivePulse, Inspiring Minds wanted to get everything on one sheet of paper, and because of this did not ask any demographic information. 


Emidy says that switching to GivePulse “has changed our organization tremendously.” 

With the online application she has added through GivePulse, Emidy says, “Now I can tell what the demographics are of my volunteers. I now know their employment information, and the big question — does your job do matching gifts? I can look at their employer and know that XYZ employer matches gifts and get that information to that volunteer, so that I can not only get the volunteer’s participation and time, but I can also get a corporate gift.” 

Tracking volunteers

Interactions with both volunteers and donors have been altered significantly by implementation of the platform. “We interact so much more. If you go back to when I first got here, we didn’t even know how many volunteers we had out there on any given day.” Now, when Emidy wants a funder to come and visit a program, she “can just log in to the system and do a little magic and find out how many volunteers [she has] at one location at any given time.” 


When she wants a funder to visit a program, Emidy “can just log in to the system and do a little magic and find out how many volunteers [she has] at one location at any given time.”

Moreover, these operations can all take place at the very start of working hours: “Operationally, I can do everything I need to do before I hit the office, which in a small shop is beautiful.” She can access critical aspects of volunteer management “anywhere. It’s all in one spot.” 


Trust is developed through play as well as tutoring in Inspiring Minds’ programs

Volunteer tracking and coordinating benefit from this easy access to information. Emidy can easily “message people who need to know one certain thing. I can message all of my RIC students a RIC notice; I can email all my Brown work-study students and tell them their timecards are due; I can message an entire school and tell them that next week is eighties day.” These targeted messages allow for efficient volunteer coordination, opening time for actions that more directly impact the elementary school students.

Looking forward

Now, Emidy can focus on creating trusted relationships through both work and play. Inspiring Minds is currently planning for trainings that will address how to move forward after the Johns Hopkins report, including a panel discussion on the report’s findings. 

In addition, Inspiring Minds will be working with an Americorps fellow to manage volunteers with GivePulse. Beyond this, they have “a couple of new things in the works,” including a burgeoning work-study partnership with Providence College. 

Even as these elements change, Inspiring Minds’ emphasis on mutual trust and growth remains the same. Their play-based model relies on understanding how different contexts and backgrounds influence interpretation. Emidy says that in her trainings, she can watch this understanding grow. Students are far from the only ones who benefit from this engagement: “It’s such a cool, eye-opening thing when you say that to adults… having that community member in the classroom, it’s learning on both sides.” 



“Having that community member in the classroom, it’s learning on both sides.”


Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteer recruitment is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a successful nonprofit. The question of how best to connect excited, authentic community members with impactful work remains critical for organizations to consider. Below, we have compiled a list of tips that we have gathered from our experience with nonprofits using the GivePulse platform.

1. Post Opportunities Effectively

Volunteers learn about community engagement work through many different sources. Determine ahead of time whether there are specific groups that might be particularly interested in volunteering with your organization and target your outreach appropriately. Are you looking for help from students? Do you think that retired teachers might be ideal for an education program? Find ways to ensure that your work reaches these audiences. Talk to higher education institutions and high schools, talk to churches, talk to corporations that offer giving programs. Aim your message directly toward the right people, and they will quickly make their way to your opportunity. Many of our partners, for example, post opportunities to university pages, amplifying their outreach for students.


Community partners of Brown University post opportunities to BrownEngage

2. Post Opportunities Digitally

Using online resources, whether social media or online platforms, can increase the range of people who see your opportunities. Options such as VolunteerMatch, Points of Light, and GivePulse provide online platforms to list opportunities and match them to interested volunteers; GivePulse and others offer the ability to link these posts to social media, maximizing the range of volunteers who might learn about your organization. Volunteers can also connect with opportunities via web and downloadable native app presence — joining a platform that offers both a web and downloadable app presence provides volunteers the ability to view opportunities no matter what device they prefer.


The GivePulse mobile downloadable app allows volunteers to seek opportunities in their area from their mobile device

3. Partner Up

Your nonprofit is one of many in your community, all engaging in important and overlapping ways. These nonprofits work with community members who would be excited to discover new opportunities. Engage with these nonprofits, sharing opportunities with each other’s volunteers. If you can illuminate the ways that your efforts coordinate and aid one another, and reiterate that an impact to one benefits all, you will encourage community members to volunteer widely and often, sharing their time across nonprofits. Such affiliations can expand the scope of the volunteers you reach. 


Fido’s Food Pantry posts opportunities to Hanna’s Home for Dogs, knowing that volunteers may be interested in working with both organizations

4. Discuss the Impact of the Work

We believe that it is crucial to show volunteers that they are making an impact; this manifests in the very language that we use to describe volunteer hours and donations. How are your volunteers making an impact? What will their engagement change in their community? If volunteers understand how their work will impact their community, they are more likely to want to volunteer. Include both stories and statistics to show how truly impactful their volunteering can be. You can use reflections and testimonials from other volunteers to reinforce these conversations. On GivePulse, volunteer reflections offer feedback to nonprofits that can help them to improve or can reveal the crucial ways in which their work benefits both themselves and the community. 


Through reflections, volunteers can provide testimonial to support the importance of your organization’s work in the community

5. Offer Information Up Front

Volunteers may be wary of participating in a volunteer opportunity when they are not sure of its exact details. In addition to ensuring that the time, date, and location are easy to find, make sure that you explain how volunteers will be engaging if they choose to sign up. Our partners often write detailed descriptions of upcoming events to ensure that volunteers have sufficient insight to make an informed decision. In addition, offer clear instructions about how to apply and how volunteers will be expected to report hours after the fact. Knowledge is a powerful catalyst for action.


Descriptions added to opportunities can provide information about necessary knowledge and intended impact, as well as anything else that an organization may deep important for potential volunteers to be aware of 

6. Stay in Contact

Sometimes a volunteer may express interest and then suddenly stop responding to emails. Follow up! Keep track of volunteers who have filled out applications but have not joined any volunteer opportunities. It never hurts to make sure that you have tried your best to reach these volunteers. If they decide to engage, they will make a lasting impact in your community. 


Our partners are able to message all those who have volunteered or expressed interest in their organization

7. Volunteer Management

Effective volunteer management is its own form of recruitment. When done well, volunteer management maintains existing relationships — and these current volunteers will recruit others of their own accord. When someone has volunteered in the community, reflect and have the volunteer coordinator chat with the volunteer about their experience and about opportunities to improve. This is also an excellent time to reinforce for the volunteer how they made an impact to the program and the organization.


Our all-in-one database helps nonprofits to collect and track information from a single place 

Do you have any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments! And if you use GivePulse, feel free to share how GivePulse has supported volunteer recruitment or where we could improve. We love to hear your feedback. 

To learn about how GivePulse can help you with volunteer recruitment, please contact support@givepulse.com.  

iPhone & Android: GivePulse Mobile App 2.0!

We are excited to introduce you all to our new mobile downloadable iOS and Android app. The GivePulse Mobile App 2.0 comes packed with additional capabilities to allow a seamless search and discovery process for events and groups, an easier tracking experience for community engagement, and a consolidated inboxing system to organize all communication on the go!

Screens: These are some screenshots of the mobile app.

These screenshots of our mobile app include: the list/map view, details view, and dashboard view.

We designed and developed this GivePulse iOS/Android app for Volunteers, Members and Administrators (who can use its inboxing feature to communicate with their volunteers).  The mobile app is supported to work on iOS and Android devices (phones and tablets). On this post, we will focus our energy sharing key areas we think is important for all users!

Fun Fact: We currently have 2 downloadable apps in both the iTunes and Google Play store. One is for individuals (volunteers or members of organizations to browse and track their engagement, and we recommend admins to use it for communication). This is the focus of the blog post. The other one, called GivePulse Sign-In (is meant specifically for admins, checkin attendants, or site leads to sign-in individuals on the go or in kiosk-mode so volunteers can walk up to sign-in or even clock in/out).

Login

When using the new GivePulse Mobile App 2.0, users will have a few options to login or authenticate as shown below:

Login: We have multiple types of authentication methods to streamline login

Register if you don’t have an account or use existing authentication methods.

Over the course of the past year, this is by-far the biggest improvement to our mobile downloadable app. As shown on the left, we now include multiple authentication options (namely Single Sign On) to support the diverse set of users GivePulse supports. With these abilities, we are able to ensure our enterprise clients can encourage their communities to log in with existing credentials. This will protect them from duplication of data, accounts and a number of different security factors. We believe having these options will provide a single access point for all users to login seamlessly.

Fun Fact: You can login to any of the options available (Email, Facebook, Google and SSO). If there are multiple accounts created, these accounts can be merged together so all authentication methods end up on the same account/profile. In the case you want to register without using the existing authentication methods, you can press the “Register” option at the top. This workflow will drop you into a few steps to complete.

Navigation

When logged in successfully, you will be able to see the following at the bottom navigation (these options appear at the top for android):

Navigation: Shows the primary options for mobile navigation

As shown above, these are what we believe are the most important menu options to help navigate in the app. You can tap on any of the following –

  1. Search: Allows the end user to browse and search for regional events and groups to register or become a member of
  2. Dashboard: Pulls together a list of groups you are a member of, upcoming events registered to, previously attended events, etc., This can be used as a quick way to track and confirm your engagement
  3. Add Impact: Allows individuals to track their engagement. If their administrator decides to ask additional questions or specific details of the activity, these will be populated too
  4. Inbox: Allows individuals to communicate back and forth within the app. People who receive messages will get push notifications every single time there is a new message
  5. Profile: Pulls together a list of details to summarize the individual’s engagement in the community

Search & Browse

On the “search” experience, you will immediately access a map/list view of local events and groups in your region.

Fun Fact: If you decide you want to search a larger radius, you can “pinch” the screen so that it will zoom in or out. Pinching will also increase the search radius too! Note, we haven’t launched in all the cities yet, but we do anticipate to do so with your help!

View: Displays map pin that you can select to see more details.

You can zoom in and out on the map and click on the pins to see more details of the events or groups.

List/Map View: Shows items you can interact with and see more details.

You can drag and drop the list view which is overlaid on the map and interact with both views together.

The map and list views are interactive, meaning users can drag up and down the list view and see a whole map view in the background. Users can also choose to browse through the normal list view without the map. Whenever there is a specific event or group of interest, the user can tap more to see the details. A modal will be displayed to show some details of the event.

Dashboard

Dashboard: View Groups you are member of

Screenshot of how it looks viewing groups from the dasbboard.

In the case, the user has existing memberships or groups they are a interested in, they can navigate to the “dashboard” shown on the right.

The dashboard helps aggregate together the groups and events the individual is associated with. This will  make it easier for the user to quickly access these on the go.

In many instances, an individual primarily will use the app to register to an event, join a group or discover new experiences. Beyond this, the secondary actions include tracking one’s engagement and interacting with those on the platform to organize the logistics of the events.

Add Impact

As shown below, you are able to search and select organizations to track your engagement (be it service hours or other outputs):

Add Impact: Track your engagement

Shows a list of potentially required areas sections, like Group, Event, Date and the outputs that help tell the story.

This workflow will continue to evolve as we learn more about its usage. With this in mind, we anticipate adding new enhancements in upcoming versions to streamline the tracking process.

Now moving forward, individuals can leverage the mobile app to track their engagement on the go. Since we encourage accurate data tracking, there is a workflow established which requires users to fill in the basic information: e.g., the group has to exist, an event is optionally associated (and dependent on the group admin’s setting), and the date and outputs must be inputted to go to the next screen.

Fun Fact: There are potentially additional questions the admin can add into the workflow, like adding qualitative custom fields. For example, when administrators want to add reflection questions or a scale to determine user feelings or sentiment, custom fields  can be applied to the workflow too.

Inbox

Inbox: Shows a list of conversations you might have

Inbox: Pulls all the communication you are having within the app so simplify messaging on the go.

We conclude this post by introducing you to the Inbox! The mobile downloadable app now has an inbox that can organize all your conversations on the go.

For example, if you were a volunteer who reached out to the organizer and wanted more details on the event, you can now do this within the app. Or, if you were an admin, responding back to volunteer questions, or doing message blasts with all your constituents, you can now do so again on the mobile app!

The inbox benefits individual volunteers and the administrators. With this in mind, we recommend all GivePulse users to download the app to manage conversations to improve response rates.

Fun Fact: If you receive a message, you will be notified by a Push Notification…way better than an email and it is free from SMS charges!

We believe the inbox will be a great foundation to let all users respond back in a efficient manner.

Splash screen for the mobile app

Generic splash screen which we will change from time to time

And there you go, that’s a skinny! From the search experience to the inbox experience, we have rewritten our existing app with a 2.0 release. There is still waaaaayyy more to come and we are excited to give you a glimpse of version 2.0. Hopefully we have also given you a few hints towards what may be coming soon on our roadmap! For those who want to be a part of the roadmap, please contact our product team at product@givepulse.com 

Remember, there are 2 apps we support: 1) predominantly for volunteers, which this blog describes, and 2) another focused on allowing admins and event managers to track who signed in or as a way to expose a kiosk mode to allow people to “clock in and out”.

We continue our goals to innovate in this space. We believe with these new additions, we are one step closer to help our partners understand their impact in the community!

And… if the above was too long to read…

TL;DR

Below are a few of the benefits to using the iOS or Android downloadable app.
Volunteer, Member, Participant, Registrant
  • Login (Gmail, Facebook, email or even Single Sign On – your institution or business’s internal authentication/sign in method)
  • Discover, browser and search events and groups to join
  • Register or cancel registration of events
  • Answer custom fields or questions requested by admins
  • Review profile and manage your Dashboard of events and memberships
  • Manage events you are registered to (Dashboard)
  • Oversee your memberships (Dashboard)
  • Communicate and message people (Inbox)
  • Contact the organizer, planner or admin
  • Add impact (service hours & reflection) to any group or event

To download the iOS app for volunteers: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/givepulse/id633874815

To download the Android app for volunteers: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.givepulse.givepulse

Note (we now advise admins to download the primary app which includes both admin and end user capabilities).

Admin & Event Manager
  • Sign in folks on the go
  • Put the app into Kiosk Mode and Clockin/out folks
  • Verify one’s hours/activity

Make Your Donation Platform Work For You

With private charitable contributions reaching an estimated $358.38 billion in 2014, it’s no secret that donation collection and management is a vital facet of how your nonprofit operates. There is no one-size-fits-all system for charitable organizations (or even one-size-fits-most). Picking the right system for your organization will help you make the most out of your supporters generous contributions, as well as make your life a whole lot easier. Below is a comparison of five different platforms, DonorBox, Razoo, GivePulse, NetworkForGood, and Facebook based on priorities, pricing, features, and scalability. Consider the goals of your organization and choose the platform that has the right functionality and price to match your needs.

If you are completely uninterested in the networking and P2P opportunities of the four platforms below, you can utilize Stripe or PayPal directly by either 1) integrating it into your current system or 2) as a “donate” button on your website.

Option 1: If you want to automate the data transfer about your donation history and donor information or keep the workflow of donating seamless for your potential donors, integrating Stripe or PayPal into your webpage and backoffice procedures will some take time and money. Depending on integration costs, in our experience, hiring a consulting firm to do it for you would take around a month and cost anywhere from $2K to $10K.

Option 2: You’ve probably seen “donate” buttons on many websites, and if you have no need for any integration whatsoever this is a good option for you. It is relatively painless and should only take 15 minutes to 2 hours depending on your familiarity with the technology, but there are numerous tutorials and how-tos to walk you through it. This option will allow you to export your donation data as a CSV, but it will be up to you to integrate that data into whatever CRM or other systems you use.

More information on using Stripe or PayPal for donations.


DonorBox

For small organizations that need a low cost system and don’t care for any more additional functionality, DonorBox is the way to go. For medium to larger organizations and anyone focused on growing their donor base, DonorBox will likely leave something to be desired.

Pricing
They are the price leader in the industry: 0.89% platform fee and 2.9% + $0.30 transaction fee, with no monthly fees or annual contract. The platform fee is only charged if your organization reaches $1000 in donations for that month.

Features
Although they do lead in price, their features are fairly minimal by having no management system and few integration options. Below are functionalities and limitations to consider:

  • Offers options to integrate with the SalesForce Nonprofit Sales Pack and Mailchimp but those will cost you extra ($25/month for SalesForce and $8/month for Mailchimp)
  • Form is optimized for user-friendly recurring donations setup
  • No personal fundraising page is supplied, rather you are given an embeddable form
  • No internal donor management system that they provide, but you can export your data as a CSV

Scalability
Low. With no donor management system and limited integration options, DonorBox is not the most scalable system to stick with as your organization grows.


Razoo

If your organization is most interested in a crowdfunding platform to collect donations and not interested in a donor management system or CRM integration, Razoo is the way to go for small to medium nonprofits that may not need multiple admins or have a strong brand yet.

Pricing
Crowdfunding for charity at its best. Razoo provides you with their donation platform for a 4.9% platform fee and 2% + $0.30 transaction fee, with no monthly fees or annual contract.

Features
While the features offered by Razoo are more extensive than those offered by DonorBox when it comes to your fundraising page, they also provide no management system or integration options. Below are functionalities and limitations to consider:

  • Personal  fundraising page, as well as options for embeddable widgets for your website, Facebook, etc
  • Export all of your data as a CSV
  • 10 admin limit for your page
  • Branding options are limited (uploaded pictures/videos and custom URL), meaning it will look and feel more like Razoo rather than your organization
  • No internal donor management system or ways to integrate with your CRM

Scalability
Medium. Razoo offers some specific functionalities to allow you to expand your donations collection, like customizable widgets and the option to set up matching grants once you have found a willing grantor. They can grow better with you than simpler platforms.


GivePulse

For organizations of any size looking to grow, GivePulse is the go-to. They are the price leader when it comes to systems offering donation collection and donor management. For organizations utilizing both donations and volunteers, it will streamline those processes on the same platform. If you are not interested in donor and/or volunteer management or integrating with your existing CRM,  they’re not your best bet.

Pricing
As a donor and volunteer management system, GivePulse offers a variety of services through their platform on both free and paid versions. Organizations can make an account to access their donations collection system for free (no monthly fee or annual contract), and they charge a 1% platform fee and 2.9% + $0.30 transaction fee.

Features
GivePulse can offer a variety of features based on pricing tier so we’ll look at the most cost-effective and least expensive of the five available packages for nonprofits. Below are functionalities and limitations to consider for each:

  • Free
    • Donations and ticketed events can be processed through the platform
    • Offers an internal CRM for donor and volunteer management
    • Embeddable widget for your website, Facebook, etc
    • Export all of your data as a csv
    • 1 admin limit to manage your page
  • Platinum ($138/month, discounted if paid annually)
    • All core features are available
    • Extensive branding options with white-labeling and subdomains (yourbrand.givepulse.com)
    • Open communication so that login is not necessary to message and reply to members of your group (donors and volunteers)
    • Unlimited account admins

Additionally, integration with almost any other CRM is available as an add-on to any pricing tier for $50/month and complete domain masking (no mention of the GivePulse name in your page’s URL) is an available add-on to any tier for $80/month.

Scalability
High. GivePulse offers five pricing tiers for nonprofits ranging from $138/month to completely free with additional add-ons to fit your needs. If your organization wants to start off using the free version offering donations collection and management, but also wants the option of scaling up, it is simple to do. The same is true if you start on a higher tier and would like to scale down.


NetworkForGood

For larger organizations that care more for the advanced functionality of a robust internal management system over cost, NetworkForGood is a solid option. If you don’t want the commitment of a long-term annual contract or the price is out of your range, consider any of the options above.

Pricing
For $79/month, an annual contract, and 3% per transaction, you have access to the NetworkForGood donation page platform. With the three product package for $179/month, you also have access to their peer-to-peer fundraising platform and their donor management system.

Features
Although the prices are on the high end, you definitely get what you pay for with NetworkForGood, like extensive branding options and a strong management system. Below are functionalities and limitations to consider:

  • Customizable donation page specific to your organization’s branding and feel
  • Open fundraising and ticketed events
  • Strong technical support and advice throughout the page creation process
  • Bulk data export and import (with donor management system purchase)
  • Unlimited personal fundraising pages to empower your donors to fundraise for you (with peer-to-peer fundraising system purchase)

Scalability
Medium. NetworkForGood has decent scalability with three different products you can purchase separately or in combination, but adjusting functionality within each product to meet your needs is not quite possible.


Facebook

Rather than functioning as your primary donation platform, Facebook’s “donate” function can augment your existing fundraising efforts. This will make the donation process quick and simple for the over 1 billion Facebook users your nonprofit has access to. Any registered 501(c)3 can apply to accept donations via Facebook, but if you want to stick with one single platform, opt for the “donate now” call-to-action that sends users to your third-party donation platform.

Pricing

There is no contract involved, monthly or annual, and the fees are pretty standard: 2% platform fee to cover operational costs + 3% credit card processing fee.

Features
The Facebook donation function has it’s benefits, like exposure, but restricts integration and data collection. Below are functionalities and limitations to consider:

  • “Donate” button front and center on organization’s page, your posts, and supporters’ posts
  • Simple donation workflow that keeps the donor on one website throughout
  • No integration with third-party platforms whatsoever
  • Data collection limited to name, amount, and email (only if donor opts in)
  • Thank you email and receipt cannot be customized

Scalability
Low to medium. The donation functionality could very well become more easily customized and integrated into your current workflow as it becomes more widely used and Facebook adjusts the program accordingly, but how it looks presently is limited by the facts that 1) there is no option to integrate with your current platform and 2) collection of donor info is severely limited.


Whichever platform you decide is best for your organization, it should make your work easier, not harder. Decide on what your most important priorities are and choose the system(s) catered to those needs. Fundraising is the hard work, collecting donations shouldn’t be. For more information on using GivePulse as a donation platform, reach out to us at support@givepulse.com.