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Remembering world’s greatest humanitarians on World Humanitarian Day

world's greatest humanitarians on World Humanitarian Day

Every year on August 19th the world celebrates those who give their time, risk their lives, so that others can feel comforted.  World Humanitarian Day (WHD) was officially established to recognize Sergio Vieira de Mello and thousands like him who work every day to make the world a better place for the less fortunate, the underprivileged, and those living in places of war and starvation.

Beyonce and her song “I was here” further galvanized the World Humanitarian Day. You know how it goes:

“I just want them to know

That I gave my all, did my best

Brought someone to happiness

Left this world a little better just because

I was here …”

For WHD 2017 the world community is coming together to reconfirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget.

Famous humanitarians  like Mother Teresa, Mahatama Gandhi are an inspiration to all of us; because humanity is in all of us. We all have a share.

Some of the world’s humanitarians

Mother Teresa

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. Leaving home at the age of 18 for Ireland she spent 45 years serving others, spending most of this time amongst the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity which works for orphans, people suffering from HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and leprosy, manages soup kitchens, mobile clinics and more. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and in 2016 she was canonised by the church. She is known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Mahatama Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi, loving called ‘Bapu’ was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in India. A prominent Indian political leader who led the movement for India’s independence from British rule, he organised the common people to protest against excessive tax and discrimination. As leader of the Indian National Congress, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for various social causes and for self-rule. Followed by a nation and respected by all for his beliefs and practices, Gandhi used nonviolent civil disobedience in his fight for justice. Over the years, he has inspired civil rights movements and the call for freedom across the world.

Martin Luther King

King was an American Baptist minister and leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.  He is remembered for his opposition of racial inequality using nonviolent civil disobedience and his famous speech, “I Have A Dream” which has inspired millions. One of the first to defend Rosa Parks, he fought tirelessly to raise awareness about racial inequalities which lead to significant political change. His non-violent protests and fight for justice led the Civil Rights Movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. In 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but gave away the prize money to the movement he championed.

Andrew Carnegie

A Scottish-American industrialist, Carnegie moved to the United States from Scotland at the age of 13. He worked a series of small jobs including some on the railroad, and in due course built the Carnegie Steel Corporation, the largest steel manufacturing company in the world. Often identified as one of the wealthiest people in the world, he eventually sold his business and dedicated himself to philanthropic work. Since then, his wealth has supported almost every cause – from education to the dismantling of nuclear weapons, from the discovery of insulin to the creation of Sesame Street.

Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III is the principal founder of Microsoft, the world’s richest man and a philanthropist. Rising from modest beginnings, Gates dropped out of Harvard and went on to create the world’s foremost software development company. In 2014, he retired from Microsoft and now chairs the world’s largest private charitable foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with his wife Melinda.  The foundation focuses on solving global problems in the area of health, development, advocacy and more.

Warren Buffet

Called the ‘Oracle of Omaha’ for his ability to recognize undervalued assets, Warren Buffet is one of the most successful investors of all time. A student of Economics, he formed a number of partnerships during his early working years. Soon, he acquired a textile firm called Berkshire Hathaway  and built it into one of the world’s largest and most successful holding companies. Today, his net worth is evaluated at over 70 billion, 99.9% of which, he has pledged to give away.

Together, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet founded The Giving Pledge, which asks billionaires to donate at least half of their wealth to philanthropy.

What Makes Givecentral Different From Other Fundraising Apps?

What Makes Givecentral Different From Other Fundraising  Apps?

As a non-profit organization you have three main objectives – raise funds, build lasting relationship with your donors  and do that efficiently. Our GiveCentral Go app provides lasting solutions for your nonprofit!

GiveCentral Go does more than fund collection. Using GiveCentral Go you can collect funds securely and efficiently, generate engagement and donation reports in one place.   GiveCentral uses technology to design innovative solutions that promote online giving for the non profit community.

GiveCentral Fundraising App

Why is GiveCentral App Unique?

On the one hand GiveCentral integrates accounting and communication tools in one convenient place, helping managers and administrators save precious time and effort.  On the other hand it makes it easy for donors to support a cause.

How GiveCentral App Works:

Our robust web-based giving tools lets donors like you contribute from anywhere, at anytime, without installing any software. You can make a one-time donation or recurring gifts, or just allocate funds for a chosen category. Payments can be made by all major credit cards or electronic checks and are secured using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. Donors then receive emails confirming their transactions and can also view or save all information related to their payments. GiveCentral makes giving easy, convenient and quick.

Addressing the most pressing needs of administrators, GiveCentral consolidates all collection, fundraising and communication activities in one place, helping non profit organisations raise more money, in less time. From planning fundraising categories to generating reports, this donor management app helps get a lot done easily, including tracking payments that have been received or the ones that are delayed. Reducing paperwork and improving accounting and data management, GiveCentral makes life easier.

Both GiveCentral, our online donation tool, and GiveCentral Go, the mobile app and card reader, use our distinctive approach to accept electronic donations.

Customize It, Use It, Love It!

Compared to other donor management systems, GiveCentral has some of the most sophisticated capabilities. It enables non profit organisations to create a unique online presence through a customizable donation page on the GiveCentral website. This page can be designed to meet your organisation’s specific needs. Also, independent administrator accounts can be used to manage donor accounts, send out communication or make changes to fundraising events. Marketing materials like email templates, donor signup cards and more are available for free, along with ongoing technical support by phone, email and webinars. Our effort is to ensure long term sustainability of organisations like yours.

Mobile Friendly

GiveCentral Go is a mobile app and card reader that allows the processing of credit card and debit card transactions on mobile devices. It can be used with iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android devices, for both real-time as well as preauthorised  transactions. It eliminates the use of POS machines and the need to establish separate merchant accounts for each fundraiser, making fundraising a lot more convenient than before.

What makes GiveCentral a truly unique donor management app, is our unending effort to innovate and do better. Unlike most church apps, GiveCentral is continually evolving. Based on feedback from our clients, we keep improving it.

Our app also lets you learn. Our large resource base of blog posts, press releases, articles, webinars and videos help you stay informed, and efficient.

Do all your fundraising, in one

Easily set up giving categories online for a wide range of fundraising activities – from church collections to scholarship funds, from events and fees to merchandise sale.

Access an unmatched donor management system

Our sophisticated donor management system has features that other church apps are unable to match. From ease in setting up to building lasting relations, GiveCentral partners your journey every step of the way. Generate comprehensive reports, review real time analytics and use these to reach out effectively.

Communicate in new and exciting ways

From requesting donations to acknowledging donor gifts, reach out through customised email messages. Manage recipient lists and link back to your website or social media to keep your community engaged.

Ensure security and confidentiality

With GiveCentral, donor information is never compromised. Personal information is shared with no one other than the recipient organization. Credit card and bank account numbers remain confidential.

Our servers are protected, industry standards for online payment security are applied and information related to transactions is transmitted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption.

While quarterly audits are performed by an independent third party to ensure the GiveCentral website meets PCI DSS requirements, internal audits are performed at least once every month.

If you are looking to enhance your fundraising, and work with more efficiency and less stress, GiveCentral is the right choice for you. It is a donor management system that is sophisticated yet easy to use. It is further differentiated from other church apps by having the lowest processing fees in the marketplace.

To take advantage of its superior features, all you have to do, is reach out to us.

GiveCentral Go – The best way to receive donations online.

When it comes to giving, distance and time shouldn’t matter.

We often hear from our community about the challenge of keeping up with donors and keeping them engaged. All that  while you are focusing on your mission. We heard you and have created GiveCentral Go – an app that helps make progress with your fundraising more efficiently will less stress.

With GiveCentral you can manage all your events and contributions with one tap on your device. Additionally you can connect with your donors instantly whenever they feel compelled to give, with great technology. The app allows you to receive donations for multiple locations wherever your event takes you, quickly and securely (details transferred via encrypted format) right from your iPhone, iPad or Android Phone.

The entire process takes less than a minute!  Just fire up the GiveCentral Go app, connect the reader via Bluetooth (smaller, sleeker device, with no wires), and accept donations on the spot.

Developed and designed by GiveCentral, the app integrates seamlessly with your GiveCentral Administrator and Donor account. This means:

      • You can now sign-up multiple users or pre-register with user card details
      • Search donor records on your app
      • Access automatically updated transactions records (against a donor, location or event) across all devices, real-time
      • Automatic deposits into your bank account
      • Automatic payment receipts sent to your clients
      • Cancel / Void payments before EOD

With no additional set-up required at your end, GiveCentral Go enables your payments to go mobile, just like your donors. So, let’s get started.

Download here       GiveCentral-Go-Android-App   iOS

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GiveCentral Launches Predictions for Nonprofit Giving Survey

As a leading online giving provider, GiveCentral is committed to advancing industry research to help identify and understand emerging trends and challenges in the nonprofit community.  As such, bi-annually, we conduct a national nonprofit giving survey for professionals to gain insights on the state of giving.

We’ve launched the much-anticipated 2017 Predictions for Nonprofit Giving survey and would like to hear your opinions and insights.  As leaders in the nonprofit fundraising industry, we know you have your fingers on the pulse of giving trends. From giving preferences and levels to the increasing role technology plays in donations, your thoughts and feedback matter.  Would you help us by taking a quick survey?  

Click here to take the survey

With your help, the third edition of the GiveCentral Predictions for Nonprofit Giving Survey Report will once again reveal valuable insights on the state of giving while offering practical advice and best practice suggestions to ensure your ongoing fundraising success.  

Thank you for playing a role in this important initiative.  All survey participants will receive a copy of the final report.  Your time and participation are much appreciated.

Here’s to a successful 2017!

Electronic Giving : Realize the untapped generosity in your community

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GiveCentral is an electronic giving platform built keeping the donor’s experience in mind. Our responsive mobile webpages and app allows your donors to give whenever and wherever convenient for them! Electronic giving comes with a lot of benefits. You can use this feature to receive recurring or planned giving, supplemental funds, events and fees, festivals, raffles and galas or alumni giving. Online giving is growing quickly, especially recurring, monthly gifts. GiveCentral data shows that monthly online donors give 33 percent more than donors who give by check, and 94 percent more than a monthly cash donor.

Along with electronic giving, GiveCentral is a complete donor management system that provides your organization with one convenient, user-friendly tool to consolidate all fundraising activities, letting you spend more time connecting with your donors.

Collect donations via all major credit and debit cards, electronic check, mobile app and card reader, remote check deposit, web links and buttons or text messaging.

Get started today! To learn how GiveCentral can increase revenue for your organization, write to us at info@givecentral.org

Receive donations online – Make it easy for people to support your cause.

Receive donations online

Recieve donations online for your cause. GiveCentral is a custom giving solution created to meet the needs of non-profit organizations to increase overall fundraising.

We help make your administration easier. With GiveCentral your organization can:

-Recieve donations online via computer and mobile phone.

-Accept payments via credit card and electronic check.

-Process one-time and recurring donations and pledges.

-Accept donations on a mobile card reader (GiveCentral Go) and texting.

GiveCentral is PCI Compliant and completely secure. It offers flexibility in the types of giving offered to the donors, who can choose any of the following to secure their donations.

-Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express)

-Debit Card

-ACH

-Text-to-give

-Remote deposit (paper check scanning)

Everything come together with GiveCentral. Features that make fundraising convenient.

Automatic Card Updater

GiveCentral is one of the only donation platforms to offer an automatic updater as and when cards expire. This has increased monthly giving by 4%, due to a decrease in failed and lapsed transactions.

GiveCentral Mobile

In today’s fundraising world, the ability to give on a mobile device is paramount. GiveCentral offers:

  • Responsive design – all donor facing pages are responsive and fit to the user’s phone or tablet appropriately (including custom pages)
  • Mobile app – we have an admin and a donor facing app to manage gifts
  • Card reader/swiper – administrators are able to use the card reader to collect one time and recurring gifts on-the-spot
  • Text-to-Give – we offer the ability to give using text message, and the data filters to the donors GiveCentral record, not a secondary system

Text Messaging

To better enable your organization to receive donations online, GiveCentral allows for three types of text messaging/text-to-give :

-Text-to-Connect

-Allows the donors to text their contact information (first name, last name, email address) to a phone number designated for that location. This information is automatically sent to your GiveCentral database to build your contact list.

-Text-to-Give

-Donors can make donations to their Appeal through texting – these donations can be in response from an ask from the parish or Diocese, or the donor can self-select to text a donation

-Unlike other text-to-give programs where the donation is charged to the donor’s phone bill, the money is attributed to their GiveCentral account, and visible through all reporting automatically

-Text Announcements

-This gives the ability for the Diocese to message all donors en masse. (Meant for use for announcements such as a Christmas Thank you, or a reminder of the school carnival)

System Functionality

Administrators have the ability to set frequencies for each contribution

  • Reporting is done in real-time.
  • Location administrators can request reports to be sent to the proper location staff member on a scheduled basis (i.e. the transaction report to the finance manager monthly)

Kickstart your fundraising efforts. For more information on how GiveCentral can ensure can ensure consistent donations for your organization, connect with us at (312) 929-2306 or leave a comment below.