Gesture Software


 

Gesture is a nonprofit management solution suitable for charities and organizations of all types and sizes. Key features include mobile bidding, guest management, registration management, donation management and reporting.

Gesture is mobile-responsive and enables guests to bid in auctions from their smart phones. Donors can even bid remotely. The solution is able to process credit card payments through mobile devices.

The solution is able to manage pre-registration as well as automated registration. When a donor registers, Gesture automatically sends a welcome message and gives them the ability to begin bidding, buying and making donations. Users can also monitor ticket sales for events and attendee activity.

 

Gesture - Silent auction
 
  • Gesture - Silent auction
    Silent auction
  • Gesture - Home page
    Home page
  • Gesture - Seat management
    Seat management
  • Gesture - Mobile receipt
    Mobile receipt
  • Gesture - Mobile silent auction
    Mobile silent auction
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10

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Angel from Loma Linda University Health
Specialty: Healthcare & Hospitals
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

February 2018

February 2018

Great for multiple areas of events especially registration and auction purposes

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Overall I do like the ease that gestures brings to our events. We have worked with other software like bid pal in the past and I prefer gestures as they have easier and more fluid capabilities for what we need.

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The ease of registration is refreshing. They have staff that assists along side our staff and have made event check in/out a seamless process

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Custom reports are a little more difficult. The company was able to work with us and create what we needed but it would be nice if we were able to access the reports any time and pull info we need on our end instead of waiting for custom reports.

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Matthew from Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
Specialty: Human Services
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2017

December 2017

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We used Gesture for our main fundraising event. I believe it paid for itself with its silent auction mobile bidding functionality, but we would not get that kind of ROI with our smaller events, so it's too expensive to use more than once per year.

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Communication during implementation was great. Excellent interface. Mobile bidding was a hit with our guests.

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We'd use it for most of our events if the pricing wasn't on a per-event basis. We'd love to see a subscription-based pricing model.

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Angel from Loma Linda University Health
Specialty: Healthcare & Hospitals
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

August 2017

August 2017

Gesture use for our annaul Gala

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Aside from the comprehensive report, everything else with gestures was fairly simple and easy to use. The staff from gestures that helped during the event was knowledgeable and able to help and respond quickly and effectively during the event went on which made it less chaotic feeling for us.

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I love that gesture was easy for our guests to use at our gala. We used it for check in and the process was simple and easy to understand for our volunteers at registration to find info. We used it for our silent auction and guests were able to see the items from their phones and bid very easily and they received notices when they were outbid or when they won. We used it for general donations, selling centerpieces, and checkout. Overall pretty easy to use during the event.

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During the check in process we were unable to search by table number which would have been helpful because sometimes we are asked who is sitting at a certain table and it would be nice to look up by table. Also after the event we needed specific reports to be able to input all of the money we received and record all of the info and gestures did not yet have one comprehensive report to give us what we needed, instead I had to modify and combine several reports to make it work for our needs.

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Ron from Ozark Gateway Fellowship of Christian Athletes

April 2018

April 2018

Excellent support, fantastic employees and great experience.

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Easy setup, quick additions, and edits, and instant results after the event. Great reporting is available also.

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The software is so easy to use, from a loading standpoint to the night of the event. Changes made easily from the cell phone. Really good software.

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I have nothing negative to say. I did ask to add a report that would identify items during our event that were at a certain percent under fmv so that could be sent out, but it's very good software.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

An mobile version of craiglist for bidding

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It's really simple to learn and use this software. Layout is very simple for non-techy people to pick out and perform the bidding.

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Sometimes it takes a while to load. And the bidding numbers dont update until you refresh the current fragment or activity.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Bonnie from Kindervelt

January 2018

January 2018

I am fairly computer savvy but have found meandering through your site difficult.

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I liked the help I received from support. I do like the ease it will be for those going to the site. I like that it will make our life easier in determining ticket sales and getting donations.

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I taught technology for almost 30 years to teachers and students. I didn't find this site to be user friendly. It's been about 4 years since I retired but I cannot believe my skill has dwindled that much. Maybe it has.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Heather from One Tail at a Time
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2017

December 2017

It's been easy and there has been a lot of support.

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Increased our revenue for silent auction, made check in and check out easy for our event, allowed us to grow our event with the support staff

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The reports, how easy it is to look up what im looking for (a particular guest, an item, ticket sales etc)

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There isn't a lot of flexibility in the event page site. I don't like that you can't easily see how many of each ticket type has been sold. There is no easy way to make nice looking bid display sheets.

Review Source: Capterra
 


December 2017

December 2017

My experience with the gesture site was easy, worry and stress free.

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I had a wonderful experience with this software. I found it was easy to make my own auction site.

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The gesture software is very easy to learn. I am new to the website and it only took me about an hour to figure everything out. Everything is pretty self explanatory. I had to create an auction site for a silent and live auction. Adding each item came with ease. When you go to add an item each section is categorized telling you exactly what information to put in. I also found it very easy to go back and change things if I had made a mistake. The site is easy for others to use and view the auction items I posted. I felt that the crowd we were trying to attract was the older generation of people and this site allowed them to have the ability to see each item without complication. I really liked that the software told you who was watching certain items. It was easy to generate an item sheet in order to print them out and post them for our auction.

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I think my least favorite thing about this software is trying to figure out when someone bids higher than you and who it is. I found that I had trouble when I bid on an item. My friend and I really wanted an item and we kept out bidding each other but didn't realize we were the only two bidding. I wish it would tell you who is bidding against yo.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kyla from Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin

November 2017

November 2017

We love Gesture - it is great! Easy to use, great onsite teams and it helps you raise more money.

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From a guest perspective, it's easy to use, the onsite staff is helpful and it makes bidding quick and fun. From an adminstrator perspective, entering items is user-friendly, the software takes much of the manual work outu of your auction and the Gesture team makes sure you're supported throughout the whole process. The best part is that you can open your auction before your event begins, so you're making money before a guest has even arrived!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Laura from National MS Society

November 2017

November 2017

It was our first time using Gesture and overall it made our auction checkout process much smoother

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Much smoother checkout process for our event.

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Easy for customers to use. Great support. Have suggested to other chapters to implement online bidding with Gesture for their events.

Cons

Time consuming to add pictures, set up the items. Didn't see a huge increase in money in, especially with the cost to consider, but will use again for next event.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Gianna from Paulyd foundation

November 2017

November 2017

Great experience. But didn¿t like how everything went the day of

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How easy it is to use! I love that a lot of Organizations are using it so it's easy to understand when I'm going to other functions. Another feature would be that I could print all sheets for all the items . This is a huge help and time saver . It's also great to be able to call your manger at all times

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Showing the value on all items or none . Wish you can pick and choose . I didn't like that the manger I spoke with wasn't at event . I feel like having someone you worked with should be at event not just anyone . Had a tough time with that.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Sue from Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance Foundation
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2017

November 2017

We utilized Gesture for the first time at our June 10, 2017 Hangar Party silent auction.

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Gesture greatly improved the productivity of our auction administration. With their great customer support, we were able to launch the software within a month of our event. By allowing guests to preregister, checkout was a breeze for guests and our staff. Guests could spend more time visiting with others without the need to run and check their bids. While their is a learning curve for all, we feel that mobile bidding is the wave of the future.

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Our auction checkout was incredibly easy for us and our guests. We did not have to follow up post event to collect from bidders who left without confirming if they had won an item. The auction results reporting saved hours of manual calculation.

Cons

While the sign making function is a big time saver, the printed signs were not as visually impactful as those we had previously designed. The formatting could be improved.

Review Source: Capterra
 

BRIENNA from St. Joan of Arc

November 2017

November 2017

Pretty easy to use and update

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Easy to use- update - manage
-Like the push notification options
-Photo adding seems easy
-Like the customization header options

Cons

-When you try to print more than 1 - 5" x 7" it will not let you completely format that so you end up wasting a lot of paper
-Would be nice to have a scrolling screen of featured items or a way to highlight different items other than through push notifications

Review Source: Capterra
 

Anne from Children's Home of Northern Kentucky

November 2017

November 2017

Gesture is the real deal for mobile fundraising; intuitive to use, with great customer support.

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The software is intuitive to use and streamlines so many of the processes that eat up your time when you have to do them manually; we eliminated so many Excel spreadsheets, thanks to everything being easily captured, managed, and tracked right within the software - from auction packages to ticket sales to even the seating and meal requests.

Beyond the software, Gesture's customer service was incredible; from the initial sales call all the way through to the event itself, every single Gesture representative we worked with was attentive, helpful, and genuinely interested in helping us have a successful event - which we did. In just the 48 hours since the event concluded, I've received multiple compliments from guests who expressed how "smooth" the night ran and how "seamless" their experience was, from check-in to bidding on auction packages to purchasing raffle tickets to checking out when they won auction packages. We will definitely be using Gesture again, for next year's event!

Cons

Since our event is coordinated by a mix of paid staff and volunteers, it would be helpful to have an administrative access level in Gesture that is "view only" - currently, it's all (full admin rights) or nothing.

It would also be helpful if raffle winners could be "drawn" right in the software, rather than needing to use a random number generator on a third party site.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ruben from Mental Health Colorado
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Site is to manage and get other user trained.

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With another year with this software we seen an increase in our silent auction bids.

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The ability to send out notifications on silent auction readiness for bids. Dashboard is perfect when needing to know exact dollar amount raised.

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Item sheets need some work on spacing and layout. No other real issues other than bid sheets. Once fixed there will be no cons.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Beonca from Big Hearted Babes

November 2017

November 2017

Wonderful company to work with!

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The user interface was a great experience for our bidders while the backend of the platform was simple and easy for our staff to navigate and use. The Gesture staff was awesome! They were always there to answer any questions every step of the way.

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While the current photo process is very simple, I would like to see an automatic pairing of photos with items when doing a mass upload of items into the system instead of adding each individually.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Heather from National MS Society
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

November 2017

November 2017

I think the staff at Gesture are wonderful!

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During this first year in using the software, I saw the additional benefit of securing bids in advance of opening the auction. This started us out thousands of dollars ahead of where we would have traditionally began at the event.

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I love the ability to add photos, descriptions, bid, buy it now pricing, and much more all in a single entry of an item. I also really like the ease in which bidders can participate, get alerts, and have knowledge of their purchases. Finally, the added bonus of a PR team to work with was an extra perk I was not expecting!

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There are certain gaps in the software we have discovered such as: Nowhere to record solicitors such as staff, committee, or Board member who was responsible for bringing in the item; Nowhere to record an individual's name associated with a company in donor details; Nowhere to record details for pledged item, such as when it will be delivered, staff pick-up needs, etc.; Need to have ability to check box if donor has already received thank you for their contributions (such as when it went unsold at a past event and is being used again); Non-transferrable input from one event to another such as donor information. I also have major concerns over the software abilities to capture donations during the ask. There is simply no way to ensure those that raise their hands, are actually hitting the button to donate that is texted to them.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Gesture, Gesture

Date: November 2017

November 2017

 

Heather, Thank you so much for the review! We love working with the National MS team!

I'm sure your account manager will touchbase on a couple of the software items you mentioned, but we are excited to let you know that the ability to record an individual's name associated with a company in donor details, and the ability to transfer donor information between campaigns/events have recently been addressed and we can do a quick demo of those items. We've also logged your other notes for the development team, as you know, we are always looking for new ways to improve the software and greatly appreciate your feedback. We look forward to many more National MS events!

 

Blaise from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

November 2017

November 2017

We had a great experience with our account manager and the system helped us capture what we needed.

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We like the capability of on site event live donations and the ease of use for our guests for the acution

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We think the ticketing piece can be improved upon as well as the security with the personal link for suction bidding that is sent to the user.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Brenda from Berkshire Hathaway (for Sunshine Kids)
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2017

November 2017

This software has enabled us to take our fundraising event to a new level.

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We are very pleased and will continue to use the software for our future events.

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Ease of check out at the event , promotion of auction items, collection of funds. Having Gesture staff at our event is very valuable.

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Would like easier ability to email to our database using the site . Would like to be able to sort and organize options for donations on the front page of the site.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Barbara from The Woman's Club of Raleigh

November 2017

November 2017

Great experience with Gesture from start to finish. A few glitches but overall, great!

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Ease of use setting up the site with important information. Also, inputting registrants who pay with a check. Honestly, just about everything or we would not have used Gesture for a second time. Support was fantastic!

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Online Help! Difficult to navigate when in a hurry, too many screens to go through, need to print help or have a download capability such as a User Manual especially for new people. This might seem trite but the blue "Help" button is in the way when trying to work with a list or read a screen. Keep it at the top and turn it blue. Some of the dashboard items are difficult to get the right reports out of.

Review Source: Capterra
 


November 2017

November 2017

My experience with Gesture has been nothing but positive.

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I love the fact that the Auction is not limited to those who are physically at the event. The fact that there is a website that allows ANYONE to bid on auction items widens our bandwidth and allows for a much higher return. Additionally, the customer service is always impeccable. They are willing to answer any question or jump on a conference call to discuss questions or concerns and they always make sure to accommodate our needs.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jill from The Gillispie School
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Great product, great people.

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It makes my online auction much easier.

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The best thing about Gesture are the people who work there! We LOVE our account rep - she is super responsive. The folks that come out to work the auction are always wonderful too. The extra staff support is essential to our event! I also think the interface is very user-friendly and not overly complicated.

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I wish there were an easier way to do a mass photo upload for items, and I wish that items said SOLD instead of CLOSED when they are purchased outright, and that they said NOT OPEN FOR BIDDING if they are something being auctioned in the future.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Shannon from Blessings in a Backpack
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Easy site to work with and very helpful emloyees.

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This software is very user friendly on both macs and pcs and on mobile phones. I have taught everyone from millennial to those who are 80+ use this software and they all comment on how wonderful and easy it is to use!

Review Source: Capterra