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You're changing the world. Let us help, the homepage of Qgiv implores. Qgiv, is a fundraising platform that helps nonprofit organizations raise money effortlessly. From multiple fundraising options to reporting and integrations, Qgiv has set out to be the premier fundraising option for nonprofit and faith-based charities across the country.

In Use:

Qgiv was created in 2007 to help nonprofits, faith-based charities, and political organizations leverage online donations. “As more and more transactions moved to taking place online, it became increasingly apparent that nonprofits would need to move into the digital space in order to maximize their fundraising efforts,” explains Sarah Sebastian, the Director of Brand Communication at Qgiv.

No two nonprofits are the same which is why Qgiv offers multiple options when it comes to fundraising. An organization geared towards college students may utilize the text-fundraising tool while a charity geared towards an older crowd may opt for the Auction-fundraising tool within Qgiv. Besides fundraising platforms, a subscription to Qgiv also includes event registration and detailed reporting to track donation progress.  

When it comes to pricing, Qgiv offers different packages that charities can chose from. Qgiv’s “Start” package is virtually free minus a transaction fee on all transactions. A smaller nonprofit can opt for the “Start” package which includes one-time and recurring donations, event registrations, and campaign thermometers while a larger nonprofit may chose the “Auction” package which is $229 per month. The Auction package includes everything from event registration, matching gift options, and in-app event purchases.

Technology Needed:

Qgiv is a cloud-based fundraising option that does not sit on-premise. Located all in one place, users don’t have to worry about getting the right type of operating system to support the software. One of the benefits of a cloud-based platform is that users can access the platform while remote – and being mobile responsive - users can access Qgiv on cellphones seamlessly.

When it comes to software-  nonprofits are always looking for ease of use as well as integrations. Qgiv does not disappoint when it comes to the amount of integrations that they offer. From CRMs (Blackbaud, Kindful) to Email Integrations (Constant Contact and Mailchimp) integrations allows for a smooth fundraising campaign.

Ease of Use:

While Qgiv does take time to master, the nonprofit software has various forms of customer service to help users navigate the platform. According to Sebastian, phone calls are always answered by a real person and users have access to free and unlimited support and training. “Many of the features and enhancements we develop are the results of direct client feedback or conversations with clients,” she notes.

Recap:

Cloud-based fundraising platform, Qgiv offers users everything from matching gift options, branding, subscription lists, custom reports, and recurring donations. What it lacks, they make up in integrations with popular softwares such as Quick Books and Salesforce.

Advantages:

  • Different price points that can satisfy small to large nonprofits
  • Excellent customer service and training tools
  • Different type of fundraising capabilities to fit a nonprofit’s needs
  • Mobile Responsive
  • Various integrations with popular software

Disadvantages:

  • Qgiv can be pricy depending on the needs of a nonprofit. If a nonprofit wants unlimited events or matching-gift options, they have to pay $229 per month.
  • The software can be difficult to navigate at first
  • Certain integrations are slow or can be seen as “clunky”

My Opinion

I appreciate that Qgiv not only offer trainings, resources, and excellent customer service – but they’re constantly trying to improve their software based on customer feedback.

I also appreciate that the company offers different price points for their software so all different sizes of nonprofits can take advantage of it. While their free version may not get you peer-to-peer text giving or an event builder- it does include the basics like event registration and recurring donations.

Qgiv is a solid fundraising platform that can help nonprofits increase and track donations. Right now a potential customer can request a demo for any of their subscriptions so a nonprofit can pick the right package for them.

 

 

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Danielle Loughnane

Danielle Loughnane earned her B.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College and has currently been working in the data science field since 2015. She is the author of a comic book entitled, “The Superhighs” and wrote a blog from 2011-2015 about working in the restaurant industry called, "Sir I Think You've Had Too Much.” In her spare time she likes reading graphic novels and snuggling with her dogs.

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