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Powered by people with a heart – those who are passionate about something bigger than themselves… people who selflessly support and promote their Causes because it's important to them. We're the Community of dedicated people, charities, businesses, brands, celebrities, teachers, churches, and many others that work together to make a difference... making each corner of our world better in some way.
What is GivingConnected, exactly?PASSION, COMPASSION, COMMITMENT, PLUSACTION:GivingConnected is a community of people giving and receiving help when needed, and theonline community for connecting Causes and passionate people with committed people and Organizations to help meet those needs. THE PLACE FOR GIVINGis also the place for showing your appreciation by publicly thanking those who Gave - a pat on the back is always appreciated! Inspire others to Give :)How does it work?Check out our 1-minute Explainer Videofor a quick overview of how GivingConnected works. If you want more info, click here (coming soon - we’re almost ready) to schedule an online group meeting at your convenience and we’ll be happy to walk you through specific features and answer any questions you might have.Why do I need something like this?INDIVIDUALS:Well, if you’re a Giving person, you’ll feel right at home here. There’s simply so much you can do here to benefit the Causes you’re most passionate about and inspire others to join in.CAUSES/CHARITIES/NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, CLUBS/GROUPS:GivingConnected is a single-streamlined system that helps you reach out to your passionate Followers to ask for their help, and provide them the opportunity and blessing to rally around your Cause and help in whatever way they can.SCHOOLS/TEACHERS/PTA/PTO:GivingConnected helps teachers communicate easily with parents and others interested in helping fund projects. Schools - reach out to your local community, Coalition Partners, and Alumni to rally them around your efforts to better educate your students.CHURCHES/MISSIONARIES/MINISTRIES: Make it easy for those in your Fellowship to help each other, as well as your Missionaries & neighbours in your Community. GivingConnected is a single-streamlined system to reach out to your passionate Followers to ask for their help, and provide them the opportunity and blessing to rally around your Cause and help in whatever way they can.BUSINESSES/BRANDS/CELEBRITIES:GivingConnected provides the platform to showcase your efforts in helping the Causes that are aligned with your values & goals. Demonstrate what you’re doing to Give Back and be Socially Responsible to your local community and other Causes. Give your Followers (hundreds? thousands? millions?) reason to join in and help you reach extraordinary gains for the Causes you support and believe in.Do you offer a demo or free trial?We provide something even better: a free account (okay, with a 30-day trial period). But if that even makes you nervous, ask us about our demo.What Do I Get with the Free Trial (AHEM, ACCOUNT)?Free Accounts during the trial period provide the features and functions of our Champion Account for 30 days. After the 30-day period, if you have not upgraded to a paid subscription, your account will switch to the Free Limited Plan (so you will not lose your trial account data) and may continue to use GivingConnected.What do I need to SignUp?An email address is all we require for a free account, but most importantly you should have a desire to make a difference and be a person of action.If words like compassionate, committed, action, genuine, passionate, helpful, caring, purposeful, kind, and generous feel at home in your heart, then you’re welcome here. GivingConnected isn’t about getting(even though receiving is obviously a common occurrence here), it’s about being a part of the experience of helping to better someone, something, somewhere, somehow, in some way - and feeling great about it (or as some say: happy, satisfied, joyful).Do I have to Pay for New Enhancements?There are no extra costs for enhancements. They’re included with your subscription license. We want you to have a great experience with your community and the Giving System, so we release new features (many ideas provided by the community - thank you very much) and fixes regularly. And because the software is web-based, you get those updates automatically. Nifty, don’t you think?
We’re all so busy lately, and we already use Facebook. Is this just one more thing I have to manage?Quite frankly, yes and no - it’s up to you. No one wants ‘another tool’. If you just want to post some updates for the world to see, then you may not need GivingConnected. But if you’re genuinely interested in reaching those who are serious about supporting your Cause (not just ‘liking’ it) then we believe there’s not a better place online to be than here.It’s quite easy to post updates and other content on GivingConnected. But honestly, the more effort you put into giving your Followers reason to join in, the better off you are. So, yes - this may be one more thing to manage (depending on your goals for content, activity, and Giving), but if you believe your Cause is worth the effort then we’re happy to provide all the functionality you need to help you out. Oh - almost forgot: You may update#your Facebook page from here! That’ll save you time.Our Church/School/Charity doesn’t even have a website. Can we still use GivingConnected?Sure. Of course. Absolutely. In many ways this can be your website. We provide many features for you to use to reach out and tell your story, keep your Followers updated, fundraise (see more here), create Events (ticketing too), receive support when you need it, and publicly thank those who have helped. Is it expensive?Not at all - our pricing is very reasonable (Individual plans start at a few pennies a day (no, really … about 3 cents/day). Plans are based on the features you require. Most likely, Causes will benefit so much from support provided by their Followers and other Members, that there may in fact be no net cost to them whatsoever.Who pays for GivingConnected?We all do :) Although free plans are available, typically each Member pays for their own subscription (after all, do you really want a free ride as a Member in a Community that’s passionate about Giving? It’s okay if you do - we’ll still love you ). GivingConnected provides benefits to everyone, and in all fairness we believe all Members should share in supporting their Community. No Member type or Page type (Campaign/Project/Cause, Business, Group, and others) is a ‘product’ - we’re all in this together. But we don’t want you to pay a dime (nada, zilch) until you’ve had a chance to see how much GivingConnected can do for you. Click herefor your risk-free trial account (that credit card in your hand? Don’t even think about it).Do you offer any Setup/On-boarding or Customization Services?GivingConnected is designed to be self-service software, and quite easy to use. Our online help documentation (forums, tutorials, knowledge base, community forums, community Q&A, and community Feedback) are always available (some content is exclusive to certain Member Levels). However, if you would like to use additional services such as setting up your page and content, data transfer (for uploading hundreds/thousands of Members such as employees), training, or other customization, please feel free to contact usfor assistance. We provide these services because we knowthat proper setup and training ensures adoption and success.I have more questions. Who do I ask?As cliché as it sounds, your questions and suggestions are indeed important to us. Email us hereor use the Support button (over there on the right). We’ll get back to you as fast as we can! (and we’re usually pretty darn quick).What’s the Story Behind the Software?GivingConnected began very simply, as an answer to a question a little boy with rolls of pennies had decades ago. Almost 45 years later, the two most common problems of Causes and Giving remain: ‘How to connect people – those with Requests/Needs and those who are able to meet those specific needs’? and ‘How can more people be empowered to do more to help serve however/wherever they can with the Causes they’re passionate about’? We’d love to tell you more of our story …