Charities, nonprofits, and advocacy organizations have been in the news lately, after questions around voter turnout and Americans’ civic engagement arose following the election. Charities and other non-governmental organizations raised record donations in the days following Trump’s unexpected victory.
While these groups are rarely thought of organizations at the bleeding-edge of tech adoption, there’s actually a number of well-funded startups focused on helping charities, nonprofits, and advocacy groups raise more money, gain greater visibility, build social and civic engagement, and manage their internal databases and accounting.
For Giving Tuesday, we’ve surfaced 20 tech startups focused on the charity, nonprofit, and advocacy sectors. We chose these startups based on recency and quality of funding and their Mosaic score, CB Insights’ proprietary algorithm that uses financial and nonfinancial signals to predict private company health. For more information on CB Insights Mosaic scoring tool read this.
Disclosed Funding: $26.5M
Select Investors: Bregal Sagemount
Advanced Solutions International offers database management and engagement software targeted at nonprofits.
Disclosed Funding: $7.2M
Select Investors: San Joaquin Angels
Aplos Software is a cloud-based accounting and bookkeeping software product aimed at nonprofits and churches.
Disclosed Funding: $29.2M
Select Investors: JMI Equity
Benevity is an HR tech company that provides software to businesses to promote company and employee giving and volunteering, as well as grant management.
Disclosed Funding: $1.1M
Select Investors: Berkshire Capital Investors, Henry Kravis, Todd Dagres
CariClub is an online professional network that pairs young professionals at partner corporations with nonprofits seeking associate board members.
Disclosed Funding: $4.11M
Select Investors: 360 Capital Partners, Fabio Cannavale, Rancilio Cube
CharityStars sells celebrity memorabilia and access to VIP events and gives 15% of proceeds to selected nonprofits and charities.
Disclosed Funding: $730K
Select Investors: Blackbird Ventures
Chuffed is a crowdfunding platform aimed exclusively at nonprofits and social causes. There are no fees and campaigns take home 100% of the money they raise.
Disclosed Funding: $1.8M
Select Investors: Future Venture Capital
Community Funded is white-label crowdfunding software aimed at institutional nonprofits, higher education, and healthcare organizations.
Disclosed Funding: $31.3M
Select Investors: Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, Index Ventures
CrowdRise is a crowdfunding platform specifically centered on charity fundraising and personal causes.
Disclosed Funding: $3.7M
Select Investors: Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, Camp One Ventures, Fenway Summer Ventures, Nyca Partners
GoodWorld enables donations through hashtags on Twitter and Facebook.
Disclosed Funding: $1M
Select Investors: VentureClash
Hubbub offers software for creating and implementing a digital fundraiser, including identifying donors, creating campaigns, and analyzing fundraising and outreach.
Disclosed Funding: $500K
Select Investors: Fundnel, RB Investments, Harvard Innovation Lab
ImpactGuru is an online fundraising and crowdfunding platform that focuses on rewards-based incentives and private investment as well as traditional donations.
Disclosed Funding: $3.5M
Select Investors: Cultivation Capital
Kindful is a donor database and analytics platform designed to help nonprofits improve donor tracking and outreach and maximize fundraising.
Disclosed Funding: $18.6M
Select Investors: Accomplice, Apposite Capital, Revolution Ventures
MemberSuite offers a SaaS platform aimed at professional associations and nonprofits for managing member relationships, analytics, communications, event planning, and fundraising.
14. MyLife Digital
Disclosed Funding: $2.7M
Select investors: Business Growth Fund
MyLifeDigital is a Personal Information Management (PIM) company that houses secure personal information for sharing and analysis with specific organizations. Through subsidiary Wood For Trees, the company offers an analytics product aimed at charity organizations, including the British Red Cross and WWF. The company also has another major product targeted at professional sports organizations, as well as bespoke offerings.
Disclosed Funding: $5.5M
Select Investors: Dundee Venture Capital, Osage Partners
Phone2Action is a platform for fostering social, email, and mobile engagement between an organization or advocacy group’s supporters and government or other entities.
16. RevUp Software
Disclosed Funding: $5M
Select Investors: Greylock Partners, Omidyar Network, Salesforce Ventures, Sean Parker
RevUp Software identifies and ranks prospective donors, and tracks fundraising efforts. The company has products aimed at universities, nonprofits, and political groups.
Disclosed Funding: $24.5M
Select Investors: Softbank Capital
Schoola is an apparel sales and donation site that offers discounted clothing with proceeds going primarily to schools. Groups and individuals can also use the platform to set up their own clothing-based fundraising and donation drive.
Disclosed Funding: $8.3M
Select Investors: Undisclosed
StratusLive offers a nonprofit fundraising and CRM SaaS platform.
Disclosed Funding: $16.8M
Select Investors: Silicon Valley Bank, Blu Venture Investors, Hyde Park Ventures, First Analysis
Streamlink Software offers a SaaS platform for grant and board management, allowing nonprofit and public sector organizations to structure grant information and automate tasks throughout the grant lifecycle, as well as engage and communicate with board members.
Disclosed Funding: $2.2M
Select Investors: Access Ventures, Marketplace One
Virtuous provides customer relationship management software targeted to nonprofits to help manage and improve donor relationships.
Disclosed Funding: $500K
Select Investors: 500 Accelerator, 43North, NYU Future Labs
WeDidIt provides an online fundraising and analytics platform aimed at charities and nonprofits.
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