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Review: Giveffect

giveffectIf Kickstarter and gift registries united and had a baby, that baby would be Giveffect. Combining the best qualities of Kickstarter with the ease of gift registries, Giveffect has been able to construct a program that makes fundraising both fun and simple. Whether you are a nonprofit wanting to raise money for your organization or one person hoping to raise money for a 5K you're running in honor of Breast Cancer, Giveffect has a proven track record of being effective.

In Use:
With so many fundraising options today it's hard to decide which software will benefit your company the most. You need to look at cost, simplicity, and the perks that come along with the software. The founders of Giveffect saw that softwares like Kickstarter or Indiegogo could only offer clients so much and set out to make a program that went beyond the tools that were being offered to them from other services.

Giveffect allows both organizations and individuals to post their project on their own website. Among the many benefits of Giveffect, organizations can give donors perks for donating, they can keep track of the donations, get information on each donor, and all the money raised goes directly to the nonprofit organization. When it comes to back-end information, they can run reports and analytics helping them gage how successful their campaign is.

Many organizations have complained that the fundraising software they are using does not give them access to their donors. So although they raised a considerable amount of money, they don't have information about the donors. With Giveffect you get donor information so that the next time you have a fundraiser or a Gala, you can easily contact your supporters.

Technology Employed
Giveffect exists solely on the internet. The founders understand that new programs can be tricky to navigate, and therefore customer service representatives can answer any questions an individual or company may have.

Ease of Use
When navigating through Giveffect myself, I was confused because they offer so many different programs and tools. I was only able to fully process the program after I spoke to a spokeperson for Giveffect. It is definitely a learning curve because there are so many benefits that you can take advantage of it, it can at times seem overwhelming. With that being said, once you fully understand the program, you shouldn't have any problem taking advantage of the program.

Giveffect is a program that nonprofit organizations and individuals can use to raise funds for the causes that matter. Giveffect is a program that allows donors and organizers to connect in a fun, safe, and proactive environment.

  • It's a great way to interactive with fellow donors and friends who are donating money to support your cause.
  • You can run reports on your cause to see whose donating, their age range, how much their donating etc. So not only do you get the front of end, you get access to the back end of your fundraiser as well.
  • There are three methods of payment. The basic method is free so you can try Giveffect with no obligations. You can also upgrade at anytime.
  • You can engage donors by offering perks.

  • Disadvantage
  • There's so much the program has to offer, it can get very overwhelming
  • The website is confusing to navigate, because there's so much information to take in
  • Giveffect charges by the month, which is OK for organizations but not-so-much for individuals trying to raise money for their campaigns. In this respect they might go to another fundraising site that doesn't charge a fee.
  • Trying to be the end all-be all of fundraising websites- which is actually a disservice to their program.

  • My Opinion
    To me it seems as though the founders of Giveffect took the perks from every other fundraising website out today and combined them to create Giveffect. Although they have so many great ideas, these great ideas get lost because there's so much going on within their website. It's almost as if their spreading themselves too thin. Instead of focusing on one aspect of the fundraising, they include everything you could ever want a fundraising website to be- and then more. Which is very noble of them, but not efficient. You cannot excel at everything, and at a certain point it starts to hurt your company and I think that that's what they'll be seeing in the future. Even their website is confusing because it throws so much information at you, it's hard to get your bearings.

    Personally I looked through the website on my own, got a demo, and still don't know if I grasp Giveffect and all it has to offer. It's a shame because talking to the Giveffect spokespeople, they do have a lot of love for their program and for helping others, that if they can just make Giveffect more concise by sticking to one or two ideas and running with them, it would be more beneficial than trying to take the best of each fundraising site and mashing them all together.
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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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