Gesture Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives


Mobile fundraising platform for charities

4.63/5 (49 reviews)

Gesture overview

Gesture is a cloud-based fundraising solution which enables users to sell event tickets, run auctions, accept donations, and more. The software is suitable for charities and nonprofit organizations, schools, religious groups, and various types of fundraising events.

With Gesture, users can sell event tickets and pre-register guests for events, with the ability to create custom tickets, define available quantities and attendee numbers, and offer packages and sponsorships. Integrated credit card processing allows users to sell tickets directly through Gesture, and purchaser information, including phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses, can be captured. Additional questions can also be added to the purchase process, allowing users to collect attendee meal choices or seating requests.

Gesture enables guests to bid in silent auctions using their mobile phone or computer, either online or via SMS, with status banners on item pages and automated text message outbid notifications. Guests can pay for items on their phone, and collect their items without requiring printed receipts. Direct donations can be made online or by text, with the option to show amounts and donor names on the real-time donation display. Users can also monitor registered guests, ticket sales, bidding activity, and total revenue in real-time through Gesture’s dashboard.


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Gesture screenshot: Guests can bid for items online through their computer or phoneGesture Mobile BiddingGesture screenshot: Bids can be placed manually for the minimum amount or higherGesture screenshot: Guests can also choose to watch itemsGesture screenshot: Auto bids can also be placed, allowing guests to set an upper limit for biddingGesture screenshot: Status banners are displayed for each itemGesture screenshot: Guests can make direct donations from their phoneGesture screenshot: Donation items can be created for specific donation amountsGesture screenshot: Guests can pay for items directly through their smartphoneGesture screenshot: Gesture includes credit card processing, and cards can be stored on fileGesture screenshot: Guests can download receipts for their records

Gesture reviews

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Brandi Garcia

Amazing Product

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-01-09
Review Source: Capterra

Most of our donors and guests loved the new aspect of our Auction, including switching to mobile bidding/checking in and out. Instead of the previous years of pen and paper bidding. There were only a few people that preferred the old method and just couldn't seem to get on bored. People were concerned that guests would be on their phones all night and no one would be interacting but it was quite the opposite. People had more time to mingle not having to go back and check the paper bid sheets since there were none. We were looking for an affordable and easy to use mobile bidding auction program and this one did not disappoint. The company sends a representative to the auction to basically be the point person and fix anything that might come up and help with check in, entering data, etc. They show up early and stay through the event. They bring tablets that are easy to use for our volunteers and staff. Entering items and bidders is easy and functional. Your event can go live as soon as you'd like it to so that even donors that can't attend the night of, can bid on items. This increases revenue tremendously. They also helped us with not having small items but focusing on larger items of value and only having around 100-150 silent items. The colorful pictures and descriptions are easy to view on mobile devices. And if guests don't have a smart phone, we can help them bid on our tablets. Guests receive notification of being outbid, but you can add am amount you are willing to pay and Gesture will continue bidding on your behalf until the amount is reached. Guests are also able to check out from their device, so it makes check out a lot faster and smoother. It is a lot easier to collect on balances as well because we collect credit card information before the event. Guests received notification of being outbid, but you can add am amount you are willing to pay and Gesture will continue bidding on your behalf until the amount is reached.

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Anne Sturgis

Gesture is the real deal for mobile fundraising; intuitive to use, with great customer support.

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-11-14
Review Source: Capterra

The software is intuitive to use and streamlines so many of the processes that eat up your time when you have to do them manually; we eliminated so many Excel spreadsheets, thanks to everything being easily captured, managed, and tracked right within the software - from auction packages to ticket sales to even the seating and meal requests. Beyond the software, Gesture's customer service was incredible; from the initial sales call all the way through to the event itself, every single Gesture representative we worked with was attentive, helpful, and genuinely interested in helping us have a successful event - which we did. In just the 48 hours since the event concluded, I've received multiple compliments from guests who expressed how "smooth" the night ran and how "seamless" their experience was, from check-in to bidding on auction packages to purchasing raffle tickets to checking out when they won auction packages. We will definitely be using Gesture again, for next year's event!

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Annie Palubicki

The software is easy to use and provides a seamless experience for our staff and event guests.

Used other for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-27
Review Source: Capterra

The software is easy to use. It's intuitive and easy to navigate. It makes my job as an event manager much easier. Adding auction items, auction close out, and financial reporting are a breeze. It is also a smooth process for our guests. Bidding on auction items or making a donation is very easy for them, which means more donations for our cause. We set up our auction online in advance of the event. This gives guests an opportunity to start bidding on silent items, and become familiar with live auction items. All of this leads to more revenue to support our mission. I also appreciate the ability to customize our site so it looks like us. This creates a cohesive experience for our guests and helps us put our brand front and center. As a site administrator, I love the ability to download the generated auction sheets. This is a huge time saver. We also download the receipts and send to guests with a thank you letter after the event. It calculates the tax deductibility automatically on the receipt which is an essential feature.

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Crystal Phillips-Pierce, MBA

Gesture offers excellent professional software with outstanding customer service.

Used other for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-31
Review Source: Capterra

Gesture's software is user-friendly, fun to utilize and has a clean, professional look. I thoroughly appreciate Gesture's frequent software updates. They are continuously in search of even better ways to improve upon the customer experience, which they communicate through their Gesture Innovation Center emails. I believe that they value customer opinions and implement suggestions, accordingly. As an event planner, other companies often approach me, but none offer the experience Gesture has given my clients over the years. Our account manager, Allie Erickson is on top of our every need, patient, accessible, friendly and helpful. Our on-site manager is thoughtful, communicative, professional and kind. The Gesture team is trustworthy, diligent and fully dedicated to their customers. Every year, our attendees highly rate Gesture in our post-event survey. We have remained loyal to Gesture for many years and will continue for many more to come.

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Meghan Gauen

Worth the investment to skyrocket your event fundraising!

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-31
Review Source: Capterra

Ultimately, it has very clear ROI for the agency. The transition from paper building to mobile has drastically increased our pre-event and day of event fundraising. My favorite part about the software is the increase in funds collected the night of the event. It was incredibly unfortunately how much staff time we had to dedicate post event to collecting money, for many of our events we not have 100% funds collected the night of the event, which frees our staff up to focus on thanking donors. Lastly, the interface is very easy to understand and navigate. We have a number of events that have more mature attendees, who were skeptical when we began to make the transition from paper to electronic. After one use they all required we use the technology at future events. This is also a credit to the Gesture onsite staff who really meet the attendees where they are at and give extra attention when needed!

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Gesture pricing

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Gesture charges a flat rate per event, charged 50% upfront and 50% one week after the event.

Gesture features

Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Credit Card Processing

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Additional information for Gesture

Key features of Gesture

  • Mobile bidding
  • Pre-registration
  • Auto-registration
  • Ticketing
  • Data import
  • SMS outbid notifications
  • Item status banners
  • Guest management
  • Ticket sales
  • Attendee activity monitoring
  • Real-time dashboard
  • Credit card payment processing
  • Customizable tickets
  • Attendee data capture
  • Welcome text messages
  • Online donations
  • SMS donations
  • Real-time donation display
  • Follow-ups
  • Online auction
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Integration between the ticket purchase and registration systems enables the automatic registration of guests when they purchase event tickets, and guests are automatically sent welcome text messages.

Custom event tickets can be created, with users able to control ticket names, prices, available quantities and number of attendees, with the option to offer packages for groups.

Guests can pay for their purchases using their mobile phone, and show their electronic proof of purchase when claiming items, without needing a paper receipt.

Bidding activity, revenue totals, and registered users can be viewed in the real-time dashboard, and users can track the number of bids for each item and calculate the difference between winning bids and fair market value.

Guests can bid on the web or via SMS, and are sent automated texts to notify them of donation and bidding activity, such as outbid alerts.