Built by students, for students
to spark movements, fund projects, and create change.
Givebutter was started in Spring of 2016 by three college roommates, Ari, Max and Liran. After working with several large nonprofits ranging from the Red Cross to the World Wildlife Fund, it became apparent that nonprofits around the country were facing the same dilemma and asking the same question: “how do we reach more millennials?” The average donor age for nonprofits has been increasing significantly each year, and there was no clear solution to this problem. Knowing that students are consistently at the forefront creating change, Givebutter was built with the mission of inspiring more people to make giving back a part of their lives.
Givebutter was built for students, by students. Every day students around the country are creating movements, raising awareness, and fundraising for some of the world’s most important causes. We built Givebutter to give these movers and shakers a voice. Whether you’re fundraising for a student organization, a trip abroad, a startup, or a nonprofit - we can’t wait to see what you accomplish.
Max, Liran & Ari
Just weeks after moving in together, Givebutter co-founders Max, Ari and Liran were featured in the Washington Post for a charitable website we built over a weekend during a snowstorm. With Liran coding, Max designing, and Ari selling - we made a really good team.Feb. 9
We believed in a simple idea: in order to create a better way to fundraise, we had to build a better way to give. A butter way to give...Feb. 27
Our tagline: Givebutter is a butter way to give. Our mascot: Mr. Butter. Our mission: to make the world a butter place. Domain available: Check!March 15
This was among the first campaigns on Givebutter, and they quickly surpassed their initial $10,000 goal. Carly Meisel, the organizer of the campaign, told us: "When my team decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign, we immediately knew that it had to be through Givebutter. Simply put, no other site has the engagement or excitement factor that Givebutter exudes. Our campaign was a success, and we are so grateful to the dedicated and talented Givebutter Team. Thank you!"See Campaign May 3
With the weight of homework and exams off our shoulders, we were ready to get to work. Liran began developing major new features for the site, while Max and Ari spent the first month of summer calling and meeting with the development officers of the top 100 nonprofits to learn more about how online fundraising can be done better. The takeaway: every nonprofit is trying (and failing) to find a consistent way to activate and engage millennials. This is when we established Givebutter’s mission of inspiring more people to make giving a part of their lives.May 15
We decided to launch the Butter Ambassador program to spread our message and inspire more people to give back in any way they can. We interviewed potential ambassadors via Snapchat, and quickly broke the app due to the number of applications we received. By the end of summer, we amassed nearly 2,000 applications and ultimately accepted 160 ambassadors at 110 schools.Learn More June 1
After speaking with many nonprofits and conducting extensive research on the topic of millennial giving, we decided to launch a blog to share our insights and spark conversations around how we can collectively make the world a butter place.Check out the blog June 27
Yes, it was absolutely delicious.September 1
It’s On Us is a campaign to shift the culture around sexual assault. Shifting a culture is no small feat, but since It's On Us began educating, engaging and empowering students and communities in 2014, the issue of combatting sexual assault has been thrust into national conversation. Yesterday, September 19, marked 2 years, 1,400 events, 350,000 pledges, and 20 million video views since the movement’s inception. It's On Us launched a Givebutter campaign to raise awareness and funds so they can bring their message and materials to over 1,000 campuses this semester.See Campaign September 20