Why Choose GiveSmart over Blackbaud? 

We do it all better: Fundraising, Events, and Donor CRM 



Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) rating


30 million texts sent


$7.5 Billion Dollars Raised

GiveSmart is the built-to-grow fundraising and donor management solution that can do it all. When compared to Blackbaud, there are some key differences that you should consider when deciding which solution will work best for your nonprofit, school, or association and your donors. 

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 GiveSmart Features for Success 

Some of our highest impact, easy-to-use features are included in every GiveSmart plan with standard pricing no matter if you're raising $1 or $1 million.   

There are zero extra, surprise fees with GiveSmart. Blackbaud charges additional transaction fees or requires additional payment for security features, donation transactions, ticket purchases, refunds, and more.

GiveSmart fundraising plans include:  

  • Text-to-donate 
  • Unlimited users/admins 
  • Unlimited peer-to-peer campaigns 
  • Customizable, embeddable donation forms 
  • Digital wallet payments 
  • Robust knowledge base 
  • Dozens of included integrations 
  • Gamification and included “out of the box” features 
  • In-kind giving 
  • Regular, dependable support regardless your chosen plan 

GiveSmart never charges transaction or ticketing fees. Our other simple, transparent fundraising plan options also include our award-winning auction, mobile bidding, and guest management features as well as add-on-day-of-event support if you need it. No need to add (and pay more for!) module upon module to get access to a fully featured fundraising system.

“We have GiveSmart for peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, do-it-yourself fundraising options, to provide text to give options during in person events, and for virtual events fundraising. GiveSmart provides flexibility and permits and empowers donors ... It provides great tracking of progress to goals and the interface for reporting is easy to use.GiveSmart gave us the most overall flexibility and the ability to add offline donations to fundraiser and team pagethis was a primary motivator in the decision to move to GiveSmart ... rather than selecting Just Giving [by Blackbaud]…


Brent T., WakeMed Foundation

Best-in-Class Plans, Support, Services, and In-Platform Fundraising

GiveSmart’s full suite of features doesn’t require multiple add-ons to support your mission and goals.

Our straightforward plans are designed with the modern nonprofit in mind, without the need, and cost, of constant à la carte add-ons and hidden fees. 
Our support team is available when you need them via phone, chat, and email, working those nights and weekends, too. Blackbaud support is limited to Monday through Friday during daytime business hours.
GiveSmart offers in-platform live and silent auctions and text-to-donate as well as peer-to-peer and streaming tools that move your mission forward. Blackbaud requires additional add-ons and outside vendors to perform texting, auctions, peer-to-peer, and virtual events.

Blackbaud doesn’t offer a straightforward, built to grow fundraising or donor management solution, easy-to-understand pricing and fees, or support that works when you do.

GiveSmart Integrations

GiveSmart offers our own modern, easy-to-use Donor CRM, saving your team time and effort. With us, all of your tools are streamlined; meaning you sign one contract, have one contact, and use one support team.   

Have an existing CRM? You shouldn’t have to depend on a manual .CSV upload to get your data where you need it. GiveSmart integrates with many leading CRMs, including Salesforce, NeonCRM, DonorPerfect, and more.  

GiveSmart’s included integrations reach beyond CRMs. Our platform integrates with dynamic, exciting livestreaming tools, matching gift support, Google Analytics, and more!  

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Let’s Compare GiveSmart and Blackbaud

Auction Fundraising *
In-Platform LiveStreaming *
Connected, supporter communications (text, e-mail, messaging) *
CRM Platform
Fixed Fee Structure
Volunteer Tracking
Unlimited Admins
Item Management *
Gamification *
Guest Management (seating management, custom questions, etc)
In-Kind Giving
Dedicated, Standalone Pages *
Embeddable Forms
Honor/Tribute Gifts
Peer-to-Peer *
Supports Walks, Runs, or Rides *
Digital Wallet (Apple Pay, Google Pay)
Recurring Giving
Host Unlimited Fundraisers *
Virtual Events *
Text-to-Donate *

*Available only via additional fees and third party add ons


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