FirstGiving Software


 

With millions online donors and more than $200M raised online, FirstGiving is a leader in the online fundraising space. Their web-based software is both user-friendly and extremely powerful, giving even smaller nonprofits the tools they need to plan, create, execute and also measure successful fundraising campaigns and charity events.

FirstGiving's fundraising software is accessible to fundraisers donors alike. With the software's features, as well as the tips and fundraising ideas included, nonprofits can easily and effectively meet their fundraising goals while donors can rest assured that their online contributions are secure. 

With its friendly interface, FirstGiving helps nonprofits expand their donor base, manage event registration and donor communications. We really like that users can create a branded, personalized nonprofit page where they can tell a meaningful, personal story about their cause, building the awareness they need to raise more funds. The software also includes a secure transaction engine that makes donating a seamless, hassle-free part of the process. 

FirstGiving is also a great fit for individuals, helping them raise awareness and funds for an issue or cause that's really meaningful to them. FirstGiving creates a page with a unique web address that users can share with friends and family via email and social media. 

In addition to free personal support for all their organizations, FirstGiving also provides reporting on all events and supporters, offering complete visibility into campaign success and donor relationships.

 

FirstGiving - Nonprofit Fundraising Page
 
  • FirstGiving - Nonprofit Fundraising Page
    Nonprofit Fundraising Page
  • FirstGiving - Personal Fundraising Page
    Personal Fundraising Page
  • FirstGiving - Reporting and Administration
    Reporting and Administration
  • FirstGiving - Nonprofit Event Page
    Nonprofit Event Page
  • FirstGiving - Event Registration
    Event Registration
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic)

17 Reviews of FirstGiving

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from TSA
Specialty: Faith-Based Ministries
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

Useful way to raise money for various causes

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It is intuitive, easy to use and you get your own personal webpage for people to access.

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The pages are not search engine optimized very well.

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See if there is a way to better optimize customized pages.

 

from Monrovia Police Department
Specialty: Governments
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

FirstGiving as a Way to Collect Donations

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It was easy to log on, set up an account and start collecting money.

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I didn't have any dislikes about this vendor. The sign on was easy and friends accessed it easily.

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I have limited experience with this type of software but this worked well for me.

 

from PepsiCo
Specialty: Corporations
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

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It's very user-friendly and easy to navigate and share with others.

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Sometimes the pages and events can be confusing. You don't know if you are signing up for an event, donating to a cause, or starting your own page.

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Test how easily shareable it is through social media.

 

from Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund
Specialty: Philanthropic Foundations
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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There is a toll-free number to call for assistance.

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I can't figure out a way to use my individual page for the team page, so I have to create two different pages.

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For our organization, this is the best product we've found.

 

from Adopt A Husky
Specialty: Animal Welfare
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

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They are easy to work with and we receive our money in a timely fashion.

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I think that the percentage that they charge for their fees is a bit high. I realize they need to make money but I think their fees are one of the highest.

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I like to look at the fees charged, how easy it is to work with the company and how quickly the company gives you the donated money.

 

from Citron
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

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It's all online, has easy copy and paste inserts, and API access for more complex scenarios.

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Sometimes it's difficult to get a good level of support.

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Get a developer that has sufficient experience with it.

 

from self-employed
Specialty: Faith-Based Ministries
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Basic and easy to use

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Simple and friendly customer service. The interface in simple and basic.

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Font is too small on the Website and sometimes it is hard to understand.

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Recommendations for others evaluating this software or software like this is to look at the font size.

 

from LLF consulting
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Easy to use. A convenient way to make a donation.

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This product is easy to use, and provides me with a safe, secure and trackable way to make a donation.

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I did not like the additional charge to the nonprofit, but I did like the fact that I could elect to pay the fee instead of having the organization I was donating to pay the fee..

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I have no recommendations for others utilizing this software. It was easy to navigate through so no one should have an issue with it.

 

from PHS
Specialty: Animal Welfare
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

C4P 2015 PHS

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It's easy to raise money for charity events that I do for a local animal shelter.

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I don't like that they charge a fee for non profits as well as for profits.

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I don't have any recommendations at this time.

 

from BZAEDS
Specialty: K-12 Education
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Great product

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Easy to use for us, easy to use for the customers.

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It would be nice if the cost was lower, but otherwise it's fine.

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Keep in mind that price isn't everything. Also, ease of use is important.

 

from APC
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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They make it so easy to donate to a particular cause.

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Nothing. I have found it very easy to use every time I have used it.

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Give your honest opinion. Follow your gut feeling.

 

from Harvard University
Specialty: Higher Education
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

Works well enough

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It's easy to use and reasonably priced. Because so many people use it, it's imperative that I not have to take a significant amount of time explaining it. FirstGiving is simple enough that I don't have to.

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There's nothing that I don't like about it, although there are at least a couple of other products that are comparable, and it needs to do a little more to stand out.

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Pay very close attention to ease of use, not just to the price.

 

from majicphotos.com
Specialty: Corporations
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Great to deal with and easy!

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The service was easy to use and was found easy by common and minimal computer knowledge.

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I thought too much of the donation was used for admin charges.

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Use it and I think you find it easy to use. It also has decent followup tools.

 

from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore

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The Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, actually the one and only RMH in the State of Maryland, is hosting its first 5K event next month. This is the first time we have used fundraising software for an event. We researched a couple of different software packages prior to choosing FirstGiving. Based on the feedback we received from our event participants, the software has been very easy to use, which is very important to our Charity. We wanted to choose software that people would be willing and able to set up on their own. Our success and experience with FirstGiving has been great!

One of the criteria in selecting fundraising software for our Charity was support; what type of support would be offered and at what level? Well, we are pleased to pass along that FirstGiving has EXCEEDED every expectation in terms of support and response to our questions! From day one to now (one month prior to our event) Nick and Camille in the Support Center have not only answered every question I called or emailed about, but they did so quickly and kindly. There was never a time when I was apprehensive about contacting them.

One of the key aspects to a successful event is support and making sure that everyone involved with the event has a good experience. For our 5K, the capability of online registration and online fundraising was the key to raising key dollars to benefit the care of the Ronald McDonald House families. We are so excited about our 5K and looking forward to Race Day on April 15th. We would strongly recommend using FirstGiving as fundraising software; we are totally hooked and will continue to branch out and use this software in helping our Ronald McDonald House raise support in the future!

Thank you FirstGiving, but a BIG THANKS to Nick and Camille for doing such a great job everyday in helping people and organizations like the Ronald McDonald House produce successful events!

 

from Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association

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We are very pleased with FirstGiving in every aspect. Thanks for all the support... every time I called I received excellent customer service! The First Tee of Dallas, who has also expressed having a great experience with FirstGiving, referred us.

 

from Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

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We at Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest have been using FirstGiving for the last few years for our biggest fundraiser, bigBowl. This is personally my first year running the event and I have been nothing but impressed with the support provided by FirstGiving. The bigBowl event has increased this year and we have over 3,000 bowlers. With the 3,000 bowlers come plenty of questions, which come through me, and I pass them along to the FirstGiving support team. I am beyond impressed by how quickly they answer my questions and make adjustments for our bowlers.

Not only are they very timely (most of the time within a few hours), but also they are extremely polite. Even after the second or third email request I send to them on any single day, they have continued respect for the easiest question. I never feel like my questions are irrelevant. The support team helps me learn more about the program, which I am very thankful for. With the support of the FirstGiving staff and our increased knowledge of the site, we have increased our fundraising greatly from this time last year. I can't thank the support team and out account leader, Lucas, enough for all of their help in making the fundraising process VERY easy.

THANK YOU!

 

from World Vision

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I have been working with FirstGiving fundraising pages since 2004 when it was still named Justgiving, was still centralized in the UK, and was fairly new to the U.S. market. Online fundraising was in the infancy stages and we needed a way to do this without investing time and capital in building and maintaining our own system. FirstGiving was the answer for us. There have been many reasons why we "stuck" with Firstgiving over the years. The webpages are easy to build. The cost is minimal compared to other online fundraising pages we investigated. The donor data was secure. We did not have to deal with any credit card information. We would get a check every month from the active pages we had available.

FirstGiving had a strong customer service and support staff. Most of the time, they were quick to answer my frantic calls. FirstGiving's pages were not set up to make it easy for them, but with the potential donor in mind. They were always asking the question, "What will encourage this person to give?" That made sense to us, but we really liked was the option for each donor to make a comment on the page that showed their support for the fundraiser. That's huge! Thanks, FirstGiving!

 
 
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