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GiveSmart

Mobile bidding and event management software for fundraisers

4.57/5 (194 reviews)

GiveSmart overview

What is GiveSmart?

GiveSmart by Community Brands is a mobile bidding and event management solution for fundraisers of all sizes, including foundations, nonprofits, and schools. GiveSmart’s key features include a ticketing portal, guest and event management, as well as online donations and silent auction tools.

GiveSmart’s item management features allow fundraisers streamline event management and increase donor engagement. With GiveSmart, users can organize and store different forms of revenue, create multiple donation campaigns, and automate guest communications. Welcome messages, thank you notes, as well as donor, ticket, and itemized auction receipts, are all customized in advance and sent automatically.

With GiveSmart’s event ticketing solutions, fundraisers can monitor ticket sales, manage guest lists, and automatically register donors for auctions. The ticketing portal allows users to store donor information, process payments instantly, and track all donors, invitees, guests, and sponsors for an event. With the ticketing portal, guests register their contact and payment information, which allows fundraisers to manage the guest list, seating arrangements, and check-in lines.

GiveSmart also includes online donation and silent auction tools which enable users to extend their reach and increase contributions by allowing donors to bid directly from their mobile device.
www.givesmart.com

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Markets

United States

Supported languages

English
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GiveSmart user reviews

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Jill Mitchell

Best Investment Ever

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-10-13
Review Source: Capterra

I have nothing negative to say about this company, the platform or their employees, everyone I have had contact with has been more than helpful. The software is easy to use, but if you do have questions, the chat, email or phone availability of someone who can help you is amazing. They are prompt and efficient, which helps you to complete the task at hand and move on the next thing on your lsit!

Pros
What I like MOST about this software is the fact that people can participate in our auction from anywhere!!

Cons
HHHmmmm......the first year, the uploading process of the auction items was a bear, but they upgraded the software and since then it is SUPER user friendly!!!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Madison Kautman

We Are Beyond Grateful

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-12-03
Review Source: Capterra

I would recommend Givesmart to anyone looking to kickstart their fundraising and be more flexible with their events. Our nonprofit has seen unprecedented success using GiveSmart, even during such a turbulent year full of changes and unknowns. Our entire team of volunteers is thankful for this product and all that it has provided to us. Their platform, help team, resources, and webinars will motivate you to do more and be better for your organization and its mission.

Pros
This software is an incredible tool for nonprofits. Especially in a year with so many unknowns and endless virtual events, this software made it easier and less stressful to pivot, be creative, and fundraise for our cause. In 2020 alone, we have done five campaigns and have exceeded our fundraising goals. It is easy to use for both administrators and users, and is feasible for multiple different types of events (i.e. a golf tournament, a virtual auction, a gala, a 5K, a general fundraiser, a voting event, and so much more). The possibilities are endless with GiveSmart. In addition, their support teams and their resources provide tools for organizations looking for ways to improve and grow. I have yet to have a negative experience with the software.

Cons
The only issue I've had with the software is with a virtual auction. Anytime you share a link, be it to donate, or to view an item, etc., it just links to your general campaign and not to a specific component of that campaign. That being said, that's a minuscule detail in the grand scheme of things when planning and executing an event. This software is easy to use and navigate, and their support team is top-tier if you run into a problem or have a question.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Heather Dean-Presnall

I think the staff at Gesture are wonderful!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-11-02
Review Source: Capterra

During this first year in using the software, I saw the additional benefit of securing bids in advance of opening the auction. This started us out thousands of dollars ahead of where we would have traditionally began at the event.

Pros
I love the ability to add photos, descriptions, bid, buy it now pricing, and much more all in a single entry of an item. I also really like the ease in which bidders can participate, get alerts, and have knowledge of their purchases. Finally, the added bonus of a PR team to work with was an extra perk I was not expecting!

Cons
There are certain gaps in the software we have discovered such as: Nowhere to record solicitors such as staff, committee, or Board member who was responsible for bringing in the item; Nowhere to record an individual's name associated with a company in donor details; Nowhere to record details for pledged item, such as when it will be delivered, staff pick-up needs, etc.; Need to have ability to check box if donor has already received thank you for their contributions (such as when it went unsold at a past event and is being used again); Non-transferrable input from one event to another such as donor information. I also have major concerns over the software abilities to capture donations during the ask. There is simply no way to ensure those that raise their hands, are actually hitting the button to donate that is texted to them.

Response from Gesture


Heather, Thank you so much for the review! We love working with the National MS team!

I'm sure your account manager will touchbase on a couple of the software items you mentioned, but we are excited to let you know that the ability to record an individual's name associated with a company in donor details, and the ability to transfer donor information between campaigns/events have recently been addressed and we can do a quick demo of those items. We've also logged your other notes for the development team, as you know, we are always looking for new ways to improve the software and greatly appreciate your feedback. We look forward to many more National MS events!

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Kristin Culp

The Best Choice

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-10-19
Review Source: Capterra

From beginning to end, my experience with GiveSmart was outstanding. I have recommended them to a number of other nonprofits. We will definitely continue to use them. They will do everything they can to make your event a success!

Pros
I was very nervous about setting this up for the first time. I'm a one-person development office, and I'm not extremely technology-savvy. But once I started, it was so intuitive that it practically told me what to do. And when I ran into something I needed help with, the tutorials were great, and if I still needed help, the customer support reps responded very quickly with exactly what I needed. There was no down time! It's also easy for our donors to use for bidding on our gala auction. We have received many compliments about that, so much so that we're using the software again on another fundraising program. The reports available to me during and after the event have been unbelievably helpful. There was no time lag waiting for results. I could watch the action results real time on my computer and send out appropriate messages. The software works seamlessly with Excel. There are great resources on their website from other organizations about how they used GiveSmart for their events. These were extremely helpful when we had to pivot from a live event to an online event. They took me from fear to excitement!

Cons
I wish I had set up our site earlier. I would have been able to use it for ticket purchases, sponsors and auction donations. I will next time!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Beth Dobrzynski

Great resource and awesome personnel

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-10-18
Review Source: Capterra

The personnel and platform are excellent and make my job so much easier!

Pros
Givesmart is so easy to use and allows us to run different types of fundraising events. The more I use it, the easier it becomes, and I find myself thinking about new ways to use this platform.

Cons
The financial reporting can be a bit confusing but as I use it more, and with the assistance of Givesmart, I am able to navigate much better.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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GiveSmart pricing

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GiveSmart features

Activity Dashboard
Attendance Management
Automatic Notifications
Campaign Management
Communication Management
Contact Database
Contact Management
Credit Card Processing
Customizable Branding
Electronic Payments
Event Management
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics

API (71 other apps)
Access Control (45 other apps)
Custom Fields (54 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (56 other apps)
Data Import/Export (65 other apps)
Third Party Integration (68 other apps)
Volunteer Management (54 other apps)

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Additional information for GiveSmart

Key features of GiveSmart

  • Absentee Bidding
  • Administrative Tools
  • Attendee Management
  • Auction Website
  • Bidder Management
  • Buy Now Option
  • Buyer Notifications
  • Buyer Preference Tracking
  • Contribution Tracking
  • Customer Data Management
  • Donor Management
  • English Auction
  • Extended Bidding
  • Forward Auction
  • Immediate Payment Option
  • Live Auction
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Giving
  • Mobile Ticketing
  • Nonprofit / Fundraising
  • Online Auction
  • Online Bidding
  • Online Ticketing
  • Onsite Ticketing
  • Payment Processing
  • Phone Bid Tracking
  • Phone Bidding
  • Pledge Management
  • Pre-Lotted Bid Entry
  • Prospect Management
  • Proxy Bidding
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reserve Auction
  • Reserve Price
  • Reverse Auction
  • Seating Map
  • Silent Auction
  • Social Media Promotion
  • Sponsorship Management
  • Ticketing
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