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New nonprofit software company tries business model that has donors pay for fundraising software via tips on donation transaction . BetterUnite, based in Austin provides fundraising software free to smaller organizations, and collects voluntary tips from donors as they check out when donating.The software includes features for crowd-funding, peer-to-peer giving, event management, text-to-donate, auction and bids, donor relations, tables (gala) and teams (events), membership and volunteer management. Austin American Statesman
Leya Simmons, Co-founder at BetterUnite
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Classy publishes Top 100 fastest growing nonprofits and the top strategic growth trends shared by them . Check out the Top 100 here . Among the Top 10 organizations annual revenue growth rates of 300%-400% were common, typically from organizations with 50 employees or less.There were 3 disaster relief, 2 poverty & hunger, 1 health, 1 faith-based, and 2 education groups among the Top 10. The slowest growth organization still had ~+37% annual growth. Roughly one-half of the Top 100 are organizations with 0 to 25 employees, with the next largest category nonprofits with 101+ employees among whom Trust for Public Land (160%), Samaritan's Purse (+175%) and Teach for America (+300%) showed very large growth considering their size. The four common growth trends include refining existing tactics, trying new campaign types, expanding geographic donor network, and grow the recurring donor base. Classy
2018 Practical Guide to Nonprofit Chatbots
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Community Brands releases GiveSmart solution for mobile bidding and events .The solution integrates the three software solutions acquired eight months ago by Community Brands - 501 Auctions, Gesture and GiveSmart. Features includes customizable online donation forms, manage event registrations and promote p2p auctions. This announcement continues Community Brands broader strategy of acquiring and integrating software solutions to build a fully integrated cloud-based suite of nonprofit back office and front office software. Press Release

Separately, Community Brands now offers First Data's BluePay/CardConnect Gateway via partnership. Community Brands says, "This partnership introduces a new payment processing solution that is easy to deploy and addresses evolving security and compliance standards. The solution is particularly beneficial for mobile, where more and more of the member experience is happening." Press Release
Jean-Paul (JP) Guilbault, President & CEO
Community Brands
Google releases redesign of Classroom, it's learning management system for teachers and students . New features include a refreshed look, a new grading tool that works with Google Docs, Office files, PDFs and others, a "comment bank" to store a teacher's frequently used comments on student work, new training materials for Google Classroom, a new "Classwork Page" for designing and organizing assignments, easier reuse and collaboration around classes, and extended support for Google Form Quizzes, and more. TechCrunch
Classy achieves Amazon Web Services Nonprofit Competency Status . Classy uses Amazon's AWS cloud services for their fundraising solutions, and Amazon recognized their technical proficiency, customer success, and expertise in nonprofit fundraising. Press Release
Scot Chisholm, CEO at Classy
In case you missed them, there were seven updates to the Salesforce.org Nonprofit Success Pack so far in 2018 . Updates include Batch Data Import Dry Run, Customizable Roll Ups, Automated Soft Credits, Platform Encryption Enablement, Contact Merge improvements, Custom Objects in TDTM, and GDPR Support. Salesforce.org updates are released every two weeks - get updates on each release here . Salesforce.org
Reef Digital named first Australian Google Ads Grant Certified Professional . They join nine other agencies recently named Certified Professionals by Google's Ads Grant team. The Certified Professionals have a successful track record managing Google Ads Grants for nonprofits, possess suitable expertise and they passed certification testing for Google Ads and the Grants program. Mumbrella
Scott Pittman, General Manager at Reef Digital Agency
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