Dec 8, 2022

How do YOU Bake a Fundraising Campaign?  

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Would you try to make a full holiday spread with an Easy-Bake Oven? Of course not! It’s fun for kids to make cookies, but that lightbulb isn’t so great for a full (and fully cooked) turkey.  

Too many nonprofits and schools are trying to fundraise with the equivalent of a lightbulb.  

From inherited, old tech to stumbling through multiple platforms that do the same thing, organizations are self-limiting their fundraising success. Now is the time to assess your organization’s platforms and how they’re helping or hurting you as you pursue your goals.  

An Easy-Bake Oven 

While nostalgic, an Easy-Bake Oven serves a very narrow purpose. Powered by one lightbulb, it’s slow and results in half-baked goods. While it supports an introduction to baking, it won’t help anyone achieve their full potential.  

Don’t let your fundraising and donor management be held back by inefficient technology. “Free” options exist, but they are not going to best support your organization and donors. And, just as you wouldn’t invest a lot of trust in a lightbulb to support your gourmet goals, tawdry features and platforms aren’t going to best support your donors and mission.  

Gift yourself a more seamless experience for staff, volunteers, and donors, from planning to execution and reporting. 

A Modern, Conventional Oven 

A real oven cooks faster, gives more predictable results, and has some features that are designed to help you deliver better food.  

Modern, easy-to-use fundraising and donor management technology delivers complete, even results. Partner with a solution that has what you need to be successful today and has features to inspire your creativity in the future.  

And you don’t need the priciest, fanciest option out there. In some ways, those can be built like a souffle, falling flat a little too easily.  

Look for a solution that allows your donors to be able to give with ease. Here are just a few things you should look for when searching for the right solution: 

  • Easily customizable online donation forms, that can be fully embedded onto your website 
  • Displays that wow with minimum set-up time  
  • Customizable colors and malleable design blocks on fundraising webpages  
  • Engaging auctions where users can bid from anywhere 
  • Real-time progress thermometers and leaderboards to increase engagement and inspire giving 
  • Options for your donors to make and share ‘in honor of’ gifts  

Need help understanding more about fundraising technology ins and out and what you should be looking for? Check out our Buyer’s Guide! 

GiveSmart is Your Sous Chef 

You want the right cooks in the kitchen with you, as you work hard to power and grow your mission. From our customer Community to Services, support that operates morning, noon, and night, and our Help Center, GiveSmart has the tools and the people you need to be successful. All. Year. Round.  

Learn more about GiveSmart today and connect with our experts.  


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