GoFundMe | May 17, 2022
GoFundMe, the trusted leader in online fundraising, announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Classy, the leading nonprofit fundraising software company. Classy will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of GoFundMe.
Classy’s purpose is to help nonprofits raise more funds and increase their programmatic impact. Together, GoFundMe and Classy will create new opportunities to service the nearly $500 billion U.S. philanthropic market as GoFundMe aims to be the most helpful place in the world. Most recently, several hundred million dollars has been raised across both platforms to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
The acquisition creates a global leader in modern giving across B2C and B2B, accelerating growth and unlocking new opportunities to reach more people and organizations across the world. GoFundMe and Classy will also work together to develop new and unique offerings in adjacent markets such as workplace giving solutions.
The company also announced Depelsha McGruder has joined the GoFundMe board of directors as an independent director. McGruder is currently COO at the Ford Foundation, a role she has held since 2020, and previously served on Classy’s board of directors. Her experience spanning media, finance and philanthropy, matched with her passion for giving back, makes her an invaluable addition to the board.
Since 2010, GoFundMe has become a trusted global leader in online fundraising, helping to raise and deliver more than $17 billion from over 200 million donations. In 2022, GoFundMe acquired Classy, a giving platform that enables nonprofits to connect supporters with the causes they care about. Our vision is to become the most helpful place in the world.
Classy, a subsidiary of GoFundMe, is a Public Benefit Corporation and giving platform that enables nonprofits to connect supporters with the causes they care about. Classy's platform provides powerful and intuitive fundraising tools to convert and retain donors. Since 2011, Classy has helped nonprofits mobilize and empower the world for good by helping them raise nearly $4 billion. Classy also hosts the Collaborative conference and the Classy Awards to spotlight the innovative work nonprofits are implementing around the globe.
Community Brands | July 06, 2022
GiveSmart by Community Brands, the industry's leading fundraising software for nonprofits and schools, now offers donors the ability to make donations via Google Pay or Apple Pay. Presently, Apple Pay is available in GiveSmart Fundraise and GiveSmart Events while Google Pay is available in GiveSmart Events.
These digital wallet options allow fundraisers to accept payments through a wider variety of methods and provide more options for individual donors while both simplifying the experience and decreasing the likelihood of abandoned payments. With over 275 million digital wallet users expected in the United States by the end of 2025, preferences are changing. GiveSmart's Google Pay and Apple Pay options offer partner organizations an elevated level of security and convenient, donor-centered giving opportunities to move their missions forward.
The addition of Google Pay and Apple Pay aligns with changing needs and adaptation to donor preferences. GiveSmart's recently published Fundraising Research Study surveyed over 500 nonprofit fundraising and development professionals on technology adoption and use and its impact on giving and the donor experience. Its findings support the urgent need to embrace technology and a correlation between nonprofits that have efficient technology and their ability to delight donors, attain more financial stability, and find overall success.
"Adding leading digital wallet payment options such as Google Pay and Apple Pay to GiveSmart's platforms benefits organizations and donors alike, Technology continues to play an integral part in fundraising as nonprofits cater to donor needs. Digital wallets eliminate the need to swipe credit cards, expediting both donations and registration and check-in processes at events. These added conveniences increase opportunities for giving and enable nonprofits to move their missions forward."
-Steve Greanias,General Manager GiveSmart.
GiveSmart features flexible, customizable tools to support year-round fundraising and special events. Whether online, virtual, or live, organizations can maximize fundraising donation forms, social fundraising peer-to-peer campaigns, text-to-donate, auctions, galas, and everything in between by partnering with GiveSmart to move their missions forward.
About Community Brands-
Community Brands is the leading provider of cloud-based software and payment solutions to associations, nonprofits, and K-12 schools. Specifically for charitable nonprofits and schools, the Community Brands Education and Nonprofit portfolio provides the industry's most complete set of software solutions for nonprofits and K-12 schools of all sizes. Nonprofits benefit from award-winning fund accounting and fundraising solutions, purpose-built from the ground up to empower them to achieve and grow their impact in our communities. Paired with a complete set of K-12 solutions encompassing enrollment management, financial aid, student information systems, and digital payments, schools are empowered to raise funds and deliver on their missions. To learn more, visit communitybrands.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
GiveSmart is a mobile bidding, fundraising, event management, and donor management software. Our mission is to help nonprofits, schools, and foundations reach their fundraising goals while creating an engaging, exciting, and easy giving experience for their donors.
United Way | July 21, 2022
As a part of its leadership role within the specialty films and flexible packaging industry and furthering its commitment to sustainability and supporting local communities, Charter Next Generation (CNG) recently made a sizable donation to The United Way chapters of Richland County, Delaware County, and Morrow County. These three United Way chapters will act as a steward of CNG's employees by dispersing the donated funds across fourteen different local charities and organizations that were hand-selected by the employees of CNG for their respective roles in revitalizing local neighborhoods and amplifying the growing importance of sustainability inside the communities where CNG's employees live and work.
"This is really mind-blowing! The impact that CNG is going to have on our community These organizations are impacting lives every day, people throughout Richland County due to the generosity of employees of CNG. These are transformative funds for people you may never know."
-Dan Varn, Executive Director of the United Way of Richland County.
Charter Next Generation continues to passionately expand its investment in the communities in which it has manufacturing facilities, specifically earmarking a $130,000 donation to the Central Ohio region with the explicit goals of fostering:
Community Sustainability Efforts through its support of local programs and organizations that actively protect the environment while promoting community resiliency and revitalization.
Workforce Development through its support of local programs and organizations that focus on education, career readiness, mentoring, and workforce training inside the specialty films industry.
Social & Economic Equity through its support of local programs and organizations that lift up and empower disenfranchised individuals within local communities.
The best way to describe our Community Giving Funds event is ONE TEAM, ONE FAMILY, ONE COMMUNITY. At CNG, we have always taken pride in making sure we operate as ONE TEAM, ONE FAMILY within our company, and now we are expanding our focus to support our local community even more than before," said Matt DeHart, who is the Director of Operations at Charter Next Generation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Richland County. I am proud of all our employees for their effort and consideration while voting on how we will donate our Community Giving Funds. We are thankful to work for a company that allows us all to make decisions as owners of the company. DeHart concluded.
Through its donation, CNG is empowering The United Way to provide financial support to fourteen hand-selected organizations, including The American Red Cross Central & Southern Ohio Region, Catalyst Life Services, Catholic Charities, The Domestic Violence Shelter, Friendly House, Humane Society of Richland County, Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring, Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Third Street Family Health Services, Pathways to Hope, Pacer Pantry, Willis Education Center, Turning Point, and Veteran Companion Animal Services in Morrow County.
This donation represents CNG's ongoing commitment to invest in and create a positive impact on both its employees' lives as well as the communities in which their employees' families live. By working directly with The United Way of Richland County, Morrow County, and Delaware County, CNG is leveraging the United Way's established network of relationships with local charitable organizations within these areas to reach and impact a much larger group of individuals and deliver direct support to a far greater number of households throughout Central Ohio as a whole.
About United Way-
United Way is an international network of over 1,800 local nonprofit fundraising affiliates that improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.
About United Way of Richland County-
The United Way of Richland County is a Non-Profit organization dedicated to serving the community by raising funds through an annual campaign and investing those dollars into 47 critical programs throughout Richland County.
About Charter Next Generation-
Charter Next Generation is North America's leading independent producer of high-performance, specialty films used in flexible packaging and other end-use markets. Known for sustainable, innovative products and world-class manufacturing capabilities, the company's quality and expertise are unsurpassed. Its sustainability-first mindset and relentless pursuit of excellence make it an ideal partner to help brand owners reach their long-term sustainability goals.