AccelEvents is a cloud-based non-profit software solution specializing in mobile fundraising. Users can hold either silent auctions or raffles in the system.
For silent auctions, AccelEvents gives users access to a host dashboard, where they can set up their online fundraisers and track event performance. Attendees can submit bids from anywhere. A live display shows proceeds raised, prizes available and the current highest bid for each prize.
Users can also host online raffles. As with silent auctions, users set up raffles and track performance through the host dashboard. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets through the system or buy them from volunteers. They can submit tickets from anywhere.
AccelEvents is priced per auction or raffle participant. This product is offered worldwide and has been around since 2014.
Joanne from The Country School
Employees number: 11-50 employees
Simplified check-out process, easy access to bidders and winners, pdf file of all auction postings.
Software was easy to use from setting up the ticket purchases to uploading the auction items. Guests easily purchased tickets and bid on auction items. None required much help the night of our auction. I liked the ability to print out the description of all the auction items, get spreadsheets of the prizes and the winners. Tech support was invaluable both before and during the auction. The guys were just a chat away, which was important the night of our event since a few questions and issues came up where we needed help.
The software was limiting in that we sometimes have multiples of the same item. This required us to list the item numerous times rather than having the top couple of bidders win the item. Also, we had a wine pull and a fund-a-cause during the evening. Normally, we would keep track of who purchased the wine and who funded the cause and bill them at the end of the evening. With the Accelevent software, people would have to pay for the wine, fund-a-cause, and auction winnings in three separate transactions. We would have liked one simple end-of-the evening transaction/charge.
Leo from SheLoves
We used accelevents for our silent auction and only utilized the SMS component. The system was extremely easy to use and we did not have any technical glitches. Our event was over 3 days and we needed a fair bidding system for everyone who attended. Accelerants was able to deliver and our offline (in between event days) bidding was 3x higher than during the events. It really helped boost sales. The developers are great guys and always responsive to any request or question we had, patiently walking us through steps whenever we needed guidance. I've already recommended them to several other organizations.
ease of use, price
wont send images or image links via sms of auction items
I looked around for a long time, they are a great company. Looking forward to using their ticketing component at our next event.
Jess from G TEAM
We researched online and found Accelevents to be a great option. Once we got started, we were impressed by their customer service, so helpful and timely. And even more impressed with the functionality. Such a great option and value for the investment!
I like that we pay per event and per user. The software seemed very intuitive.
Honestly, can't think of any.
It would have been nice if we could have a silent auction where the top 3 bidders could win the item.
Katie from Expedia
Uploading was slightly slow and created some issues. We felt the value was there for the price paid. We did have a successful experience as a whole. It was our first time and have learned different tips/tricks to the process and displays.
Sose from She Loves Collective
The silent auction was easy to set-up, added a fun element to our event and increased participant engagement both in person and on the web. Zack and Jon were extremely helpful via the online chat. All of our questions were answered immediately. And as an added bonus, there were proactive communications from their team to ensure we activated everything we needed. Thanks for all the help, I would highly recommend this website for silent auctions!
Maureen from Whitney Young Health
I recently used the auction option of Accelevents. The site was easy to set up and the technical support was outstanding (only one real technical issue that was quickly fixed - mostly it was me asking a lot of questions that Zach and team responded to quickly). The connection to Stripe worked quickly and easily. I did make my own small donation through the site because the first payment through Stripe takes about a week - subsequent payments only take a couple of days, so I had the auction winner's money in my organization's bank account within 48 hours. We used it for a single item that the donor wanted auctioned off immediately, but I'll definitely be looking to use Accelevents again for my annual event's silent auction.
Technical support/chat function - the team was very responsive
Stripe fee is a little higher than what I use for my other on-line donations
Lisa from Cada Vida Importa
Employees number: 2-10 employees
The platform is easy to use and the support we received was fantastic. I would definitely recommend Accelevents and plan on using them again for our future fundraising.
Ease of use. Fast and efficient customer service.
Cost for multiple products... it would be nice to have the option for a 'bundle' price.
Marile from Northborough Education Foundation
I volunteer with a number of local non-profit organizations and often find myself working on silent auctions. For the past couple of years, I have looked into solutions for moving our auctions online, in order to increase visibility and participation. But most of the solutions would cost us the bulk of our fundraising. For small community organizations like PTOs, the giant platforms are just not a viable solution.
Then, I found Accelevents. Exactly the type of solution that I was looking for, at exactly the right price. Set-up was easy and didn't require any huge investment in time or cost. I could build our auction at my own pace, as items became available. The user experience was equally as simple -- without requiring cumbersome account set-up from people who wanted to participate in the bidding. And the text-to-bid option was a huge bonus, making the bidding process simpler and more exciting. When people are busy enjoying themselves at a party, they don't want to be running around checking clipboards. With text notifications and bids, they didn't have to! The bidding came right to them!
The integration with Stripe made the check-out process much simpler and faster for everyone involved. Our entire auction was closed out in under 24 hours, even when half the participants were not actually at the event. (That was a huge win too -- people did not have to be at our sold-out event to participate in the auction!)
Finally, the support I receive along the way was exceptional. Questions were answered within hours -- and often within minutes.
I would HIGHLY recommend Accelevents to anyone looking to bring their auction --of any size--online.
Caren from The Chicken Challenge
Employees number: 2-10 employees
When hosting our South African based charity event we didn¿t have a lot of options. After reaching out to a number of companies we managed to find Accelevents. Jon and Zach were accommodating, open to ideas, extremely responsive and customised the system to South African currency. It is also a cost-effective solution. Our online auction netted more than 34% extra revenue compared to the previous year¿s paper-based auction. The company has a bright future.
Speak to the people from Accelevents - they are open to suggestions and have helped us customise the solution for our country.
Christy from Chipeta PTA
This was our school's first online auction. It was awesome and parents loved it and I wanted to recommend https://accelevents.com/ to anyone thinking about this.
The website is relatively easy to set up and simple to use. Bids are done online and via text. Their online chat customer service is AMAZING quick and available at all hours. Usually instantly!
Arthur from NAACP
Accelevents was fantastic, and it was a pleasure working with Zach and the rest of the team.
We ran a successful silent/online auction to benefit the NAACP, using the Accelevents platform. We found it to be a refreshingly effective and accessible software.
The texting feature seemed a little unfamiliar at first, but proved to be an excellent feature. It made our whole process much easier to organize, and it hugely facilitates real-time communications with bidders. People found it to be easy to use and understand, and much more convenient than a paper process. Supporters of our organization who couldn't attend the live event also appreciated the ability to participate fully in our auction remotely.
We also very much appreciated the helpfulness of the Accelevents team. They were quick to respond to questions and requests and were supportive of our efforts on the ground.
I recommend Accelevents strongly for silent/online auctions.
HAROLD from 100 Black Men of North Metro, Inc
The software solution works as indicated. Our guest experience with bidding, notifications and payments was very smooth. Although I wish I had a way to format my text for the actual auction description to highlight key points, I was able to get all of my bid info to display which is the critical piece. I would recommend this and will use it again. I am also learning more about the raffle service to see how that can help me.
Ashley from Weber Shandwick
I was able to use the Accelevents software at a charity event this November and it made everything really simple and effortless. The text functionality took out the guesswork and stress of bidding - it was a great experience. It was also exciting to see how many bids had been placed on certain items so I could keep track of what was really popular and which items I had a better chance of winning.
Hoping fundraising events I attend in the future will use the Accelevents software!
Sonia from Hexion
We did much better than I thought we would do from a tech stubborn company. But everyone was able to bid easily and without any trouble. Loading the items was a little cumbersome but after a few I got the hang of it plus customer service (Zach) was right there helping me through. Highly recommend.
Pooja from Altera Corporation
We used both Auction and Raffle feature of Accelevents for Altera's Annual Fundraiser Golf Tournament. Jonathan and Zach have been very supportive and very prompt in answering our question. We really appreciate extended support during and after the event.
Website is very easy to use. Mobile bidding is the way to go in this era of technology. Texting feature was the most helpful and hassle free way of bidding on your favorite item or submitting the raffle ticket. It saved us a lot of trouble of signing up the participant for an account, before they can bid. Accelevents have made this process very easy. However, it would have been nice to be able to bid online too, since few participants accidently gave submitted their office number, instead of mobile number.
There were few glitches but the team was very fast in addressing them and finding a workaround very quickly.
The team is always thinking ahead of demands from the customers! Which is very impressive!
It would be nice to see what they have more to offer in future revisions of their product. I would recommend using Accelevents for your next auction/raffle events.
Denzil from Royal House Ink
Hi, we used Accelevents for an online art auction and were able to share the event through social media with ease. The team Zach and Jonathan were amazing, they offered hands on communication every step of the way and we were even able to give them some feed back to help develop their product. I would recommend them and Accelevents to anyone who is thinking about doing an auction or fundraiser! And we will use them again. Thanks Zach and Jonathan, wish you all the best!
Deanna from Deloitte
I was (happily) surprised when I wasn't handed a long strand of tickets to fill out when I visited the raffle tables at the fundraising event I attended to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Instead I was simply asked to provide my credit card info and directed to send a text submitting my 'tickets' I had just purchased to the items I wished to win. The whole process was quick, simple, and fun! Throughout the night I kept a close eye on the live tracker on the projection screen to see what items were getting the least amount of submissions. I could strategically submit my tickets from anywhere in the venue :) (rather than a packed raffle table with a line of other guests...). I ended up purchasing more tickets than I originally intended because there were no lines to wait in or tickets to fill out - and plus it was all for charity! I would definitely attend another event using AccelEvents and plan on proposing to the committees I sit on for future fundraising events.
Alexander from pmc
tried it instead of the typical paper raffle tickets. Easy to set up online. Didn't have to deal with handing out tickets. Guests thought it was fun and easy to use. People who couldn't attend the event were still able to enter the raffle-HUGE bump in revenue. Track raffle progress and revenue in real time, guests can see the donation meter.
Eric from Fall Formal
Used Accelevents at a fundraiser. Very easy to understand. More efficient than traditional raffles. Takes away all of the hassle of traditional raffles/silent auctions, and simplifies the process. I can't imagine having a fundraiser without Accelevents after using it.
Kathryn from NB
This is an extremely seamless way of mobile auctioning. Suggest that all major events try out Accelevents.