Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter

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[GiveSmart’s] easy-to-use fundraising solutions have increased our overall revenues and donor database by 10x!

Jessica Mitcham, Executive Director



Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter (GNHS) needed to raise more money to support growing organizational initiatives, so they decided to host a Dancing with the Stars fundraiser. Wanting to engage community members to vote and make real-time donations to the competing dance teams participating in this event, they contacted [GiveSmart.] 

With [GiveSmart], dance teams could share their unique keyword (example, text ‘Shelley’ to 51555) and use short links via social media, text, email, television, radio, and print. Donor names and donation totals appeared live on each team’s thermometer creating an exciting and competitive giving environment during the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter fundraiser. 


More than $124,000 was raised for the shelter by donations made to vote for dance contestants. Leading up to this event, they were able to send over 6,000 text messages that updated the donor base as to the event plans. The Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter fundraiser was a success, and they thanked every donor for their contribution. They also offered [GiveSmart’s] mobile messaging subscription to stay connected to GNHS through text updates moving forward with the option to donate more at any given time. 

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When homeless members of the community have the loss of shelter, a most basic human need, The Good Neighbor Shelter brings them in as guests. They understand that many circumstances lead to becoming homeless, and they provide a program that assists guests in identifying and dealing with a broad range of variables to facilitate the guest’s return to self-sufficiency. 

GiveSmart is a fundraising and donor management system that enables organizations to accelerate fundraising through configurable, mobile-friendly campaigns, peer-to-peer giving, auction and event management, simple tracking, and secure payment processing. 

Our mission is to help nonprofits and organizations reach their fundraising goals while creating an engaging, exciting, and easy giving experience for their donors. All. Year. Round. Click here to get started with GiveSmart. 

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Disclaimer: This case study originally featured a nonprofit that used MobileCause. MobileCause is now fully integrated into the GiveSmart platform. All mentions have been edited to reflect the new naming conventions.  

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