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Working at Givebutter

Natalie Gambrell

November 17, 2017

Givebutter is a social crowdfunding platform. We help student organizations, nonprofits, startups, sports teams, and individuals raise more money for amazing causes. Last summer, we recruited interns from across the country to join our creative, business, design, and engineering teams. These interns had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with one of the nation’s fastest-growing startups. Here’s what some of our interns had to say about their experiences working at Givebutter.

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How to save 10% on fees on your next fundraising campaign

Natalie Gambrell

November 17, 2017

Fees are one of the most important aspects of any fundraising campaign, which is why our team at Givebutter has worked extremely hard to come up with a cost effective and transparent solution to fees. This means that you, the fundraiser, can keep as much money as possible at the end of the day. Wondering how that works? We’ll show you.

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Create beautiful fundraising campaigns that will enage your donors

Natalie Gambrell

November 12, 2017

​The Givebutter community is the most important thing to our team here at Givebutter, which is why we always try to incorporate your feedback into the actual product. Many people tell us that our user experience is their favorite part of the Givebutter experience. This article will serve to give you a brief walkthrough of the Givebutter user experience.

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Raise 10x more money with team fundraising

Natalie Gambrell

November 12, 2017

​Team fundraising is something that has been used by organizations such as Dance Marathon and Relay for Life to raise millions of dollars every single year, but it hasn’t been easily accessible until now. Givebutter provides team fundraising features that are completely free and easy to use, so that you can hold your members accountable, track how much they raise and even generate friendly competition. The team fundraising feature will simply help you raise more money for your cause.

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How to Successfully Raise Money For Your Student Org

Natalie Gambrell

November 08, 2017

The thought of figuring out how to raise money for student organizations can be awkward and terrifying. No one enjoys asking their friends and family for money. However, creating a consistent inbound flow of donations is essential to keeping your student organization running. Scary as it may seem, there’s no need to fear! With these simple tips, fundraising will be a lot less scary, and a lot more fun.

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How To Turn Social Media Followers Into Donors

Natalie Gambrell

November 07, 2017

Sure, you have social media followers. But how do you turn those social media followers into active supporters? Since the dawn of the first viral cat video in 2007, the internet has grown increasingly saturated. In today’s digital age, not only is everyone consuming content, but almost everyone is creating content. This can be intimidating to nonprofits and organizations with little resources that are seeking greater engagement on social media. Turning social media followers into donors is a skill that is vital to the long-term success of all organizations. This list contains just a few of the many ideas to help you do so.

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Creating Fundraising Opportunities Year-Round Is Easier Than You Think. Here’s How To Do It

Team Givebutter

October 29, 2017

Creating fundraising opportunities to engage your donors year-round can be tough. But it’s definitely worth taking this extra step, as organizations that fundraise year-round benefit from consistent engagement and loyalty from their donors. If you host only one or two large fundraising events per year, you’re missing out on the opportunity to capitalize on several smaller (but still incredibly valuable) fundraising opportunities throughout the year, such as empowering your supporters to fundraise for their birthdays or during the holiday season. The following ideas will help you keep your donors connected to your cause all year long.

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25 Creative and Engaging Fundraising Ideas For Your Nonprofit

Team Givebutter

October 23, 2017

All great fundraising ideas have two things in common: they inspire their participants to donate money, and they spread the message of your cause to as many people as possible. However, fundraising doesn’t need to take a ton of money, or months of planning. With a few hours of dedication, you can plan an event that will draw donors in and keep them invested in your nonprofit for years to come.

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success stories

How one student is working to revolutionize pediatric patient education- one video at a time

Ari Krasner

July 17, 2017

Ahaana might seem like a normal college student living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She takes classes, goes hiking, and even lives in a fraternity part time. But she is far from your average student. In her spare time, she's working in the pediatric patient care space, where she has discovered a very real problem with far reaching implications. How is she doing this, you may ask? Introduce Pedi- Ed, the nonprofit she is launching with the goal of revolutionizing pediatric patient education.

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It's a Movement | Introducing Changemakers and the #Give Pledge

Team Givebutter

November 17, 2016

When we started Givebutter eight months ago in our college dorm room, we knew that simply having the best fundraising product on the market wouldn't be enough. We interviewed hundreds of nonprofits, and quickly learned that younger generations simply weren't giving back like they used to...

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New Features Alert: Raise $1,000 with the click of a button, automate your campaign's success, & more

Liran Cohen

November 09, 2016

After speaking with our first hundred campaign organizers, we began to notice very specific trends. Campaigns that sent individual emails to potential donors, garnered a strong donor/support base early on, posted on Facebook regularly and changed their profile picture often had the most success - especially if done by an entire team.

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Givebutter Reviews

Team Givebutter

November 01, 2016

Read reviews and testimonials from a few of our favorite people and favorite campaigns.

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How to run a successful crowdfunding campaign from start to finish [GUIDE]

Team Givebutter

October 27, 2016

Crowdfunding isn't rocket science. There is a formula for success, and the purpose of this guide is to help you reach your fundraising goal no matter how big or small. Every fundraising campaign is different, but all successful ones have certain traits and strategies in common. We'll start from the very beginning, but be sure to look out for the bolded text for insider tips and tricks we see in every successful campaign.

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600 students in Honduras can continue attending school thanks to this inspirational nonprofit

Team Givebutter

September 27, 2016

Just weeks ago, 600 youth in Juticalpa, Honduras weren't sure where they'd be attending school this year. Their school, Centro de Educacion Basica Manuel Bonilla, had a roof that was in danger of collapsing at any moment. Fortunately, Katherine Najera Villeda, the Founder and President of De Manos Con Amor, took note and decided to do something about it. Less than a month after launching a fundraising campaign on Givebutter, Katherine singlehandedly raised $1,633 from 67 donors and was able to hit her $3,000 fundraising goal with the help of the incredible De Manos Con Amor team.

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8 Tips to Help You Fundraise Successfully for Anything In College

Ari Krasner

September 15, 2016

College fundraising is hard. Oftentimes students dread being tasked with fundraising because they see it as a chore that’s almost impossible to accomplish successfully while having to navigate the difficulties of class, finding the time to eat, and sleeping less than 4 hours daily - not to mention “midterms” that seemingly pop up every week. But fundraising doesn’t need to be hard. In fact, it can be quick, easy, and fun, but only if done right.

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Beyond Brilliance author Lucas Miller explains some of the secrets to better learning

Team Givebutter

August 11, 2016

We are so excited to introduce Beyond Brilliance, a book by four UC Berkeley students about how we learn and how we can do it better. Our team sat down with Lucas Miller, the ambitious author behind the project, to learn more and discuss how he used Givebutter to fund the book's launch. Here's a short excerpt from our conversation.

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How to get young people excited about your nonprofit (hint: being a "modern" nonprofit has nothing to do with being modern)

Max Friedman

July 20, 2016

In my last two posts, I laid the groundwork for millennial giving. We've established that millennials don't care about your nonprofit, but at the same time they are a population essential to any organization's future. The purpose of this post is to give actionable steps that you can take to begin reaching and activating millennials on a consistent basis.

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Five reasons why my organization should invest time and resources on younger donors

Max Friedman

July 05, 2016

99.99% of all nonprofits are currently facing the exact same dilemma: their donors are aging. The average donor age for many nonprofits spans from 50 to 70 years old, and this number is increasing every year.

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Millennials don't care about your nonprofit

Max Friedman

June 27, 2016

Welcome to Givebutter. Founded by 3 college students caught somewhere between the Millennial generation and Gen-Y. Like many of our peers, we rarely, if ever, give money to nonprofits, student organizations, etc. Why? Well, it's complicated.

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