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October 25, 2021

Nonprofits and foundations raise $4 billion through GiveSmart

Today we announce a new milestone of $4 billion raised by nonprofits and foundations on our fundraising platform.  “Today we celebrate the hard work and dedication of tens of thousands of hard-working nonprofit…

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dance floor
February 27, 2019

4 Tips For A Quick & Easy Silent Auction Checkout

At the end of a successful event, it can be hard to get guests off the dance floor and over to the checkout table. Closing out auctions can be a daunting task which is why we’re here –– to help you run your most efficient auction checkout yet.  

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silent auction
February 13, 2019

How to run a successful silent auction

As a fundraiser, you’re learning how to run a successful silent auction. Just when you think you have it down, trends change, hot new items pop up, donors are seeking something different, technology evolves, and more. So, you adjust. Silent auctions are one of the most popular ways nonprofits engage guests and raise money at fundraising events.

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successful donation ask
February 12, 2019

Tips for a successful donation moment

Hosting a successful donation moment is the crux of annual fundraising for many organizations. Don’t let your fund-a-need give you nightmares; follow these key steps to make your donation moment a success for your organization’s mission!

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February 8, 2019

2019 Corporate Donation Guide: Houston

Raising money for your Houston-area nonprofit takes planning, coordination, creativity — and yes, a donation…

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silent auction
January 28, 2019

How to display silent auction items

At GiveSmart, we consider every speck of detail that’s crucial to maximize the opportunity to raise the full potential of donor dollars. It is important to not only package your silent auction items properly but also to show them off in an aesthetically pleasing way.

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January 11, 2019

10 Unique Charity Event Venues

After partnering in more than 10,000 charity events, the GiveSmart team has seen a variety…

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fundraising games
January 2, 2019

15 Games for fundraising campaigns

Looking to spice things up at your next event? Games are a great way to raise additional funds, entertain, and keep guests engaged through participation. Raffles and wine pulls are familiar, but we’ve broken down a few more to help jog new ideas.

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2018 fundraising trends
December 21, 2018

2018 fundraising trends

The way donors give is ever-changing. We got our team together to reflect and discuss fundraising trends we saw at events across the United States this year.

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Increase Attendance at Your Next Event
November 1, 2018

Increase Attendance at Your Next Event

It’s stressful when your guest count isn’t looking how you want it to before an…

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mobile bidding auction rules
October 22, 2018

Essential Steps for a Text-to-Donate Campaign

Tips to execute a successful text-to-donate campaign.

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Donor Segmentation
October 8, 2018

Donor Segmentation: Why it Matters and How to Use it

Data has many uses in the nonprofit world and beyond. Segmenting your donors and catering…

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mobile bidding
September 4, 2018

Why mobile bidding is an improvement, not a distraction

Many organizations considering the transition to mobile bidding from paper bidding ask us if fundraising…

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What our clients say

We needed a platform to make sales online and to track and display ads for our sponsors. GiveSmart was perfect. We ended up making close to $15,000 more than we had hoped for. Definite better ROI than we anticipated. The interface is easy to use and provides plenty of options to get help if needed.

Michelle M.

The Rotary Club of South Whidbey Island

Using GS has created ease in auction bookkeeping, payments, and generating post-event thank you/tax letters. While we were online during COVID, our interactions with our GiveSmart via phone, email, and zoom were seamless. A representative always got back to us within the day. I would recommend GiveSmart to anyone doing a large online event.

Julie G.

MicroFinancing Partners in Africa

GiveSmart is highly flexible - you can use it for [a] simple registration and check-in, to full-scale galas with complex order forms, onsite upsells, live auctions, seating management, and more.

Jamie F.

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

GiveSmart is easy to use and ideal for virtual events and can be used for in-person events to manage the silent auction, seating charts, and check-in to the event. Being able to use the platform for unlimited events within the contract year is very useful and being able to add other users and volunteers for different levels of access is helpful as well.

Dawn L.

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County