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Why we're free for nonprofits

We believe that nonprofits, no matter their size, should not sacrifice their means to satisfy their missions.

So we built and support a powerful and practical fundraising platform that's free for nonprofits and intuitive for donors.

Through nonprofits’ use of our secure technology, we make it easier for them to devote more resources to their critical work — not to fundraising software — and hit ever-higher fundraising goals.

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What does free mean?

We do not charge nonprofits for use of our fundraising platform — no setup fees, no platform fees, no membership or subscription fees, no annual or monthly fees, no hidden Give Lively fees.

CEO of Give Lively, David DeParolesa, speaking in a panel of a nonprofit event

David DeParolesa, second from right, is CEO of Give Lively

We understand and sympathize with the concern about what “free” means today. We've experienced the same “free” service offers with hidden gotchas. And we know that some services claim to be "free" as a way to justify selling your data.

However, we never sell, rent or lease any data — just one aspect of our comprehensive approach to data privacy and security. Nor do we charge donors to give through our platform.

While we do not charge nonprofits for our tech, we do rely on third parties like Stripe and PayPal to power payment processing and disbursement. These market-leading service providers attach their small fees to every transaction, just as they do with all of their clients.

Some fees may also be charged by third-party platforms that we make available through integrations, like Salesforce and Double the Donation.

We are fully transparent about all of these non-Give Lively costs, including how much they are and who must or may cover them.

We pledge to be different. To be the future of digital fundraising for nonprofits — powerful, practical and free.

How is free possible?

First and foremost, our founders are committed philanthropists. In keeping with their goodwill vision of digital fundraising, our founders cover our operating costs so that we don’t have to charge nonprofits or donors.

They see Give Lively as a technological remedy to the complexity of fundraising, solving problems that have long stumped the nonprofit community. Too many nonprofits, especially small ones, struggle to pay for, set up and faithfully manage cutting-edge and secure online fundraising tech. The real and perceived financial and technical barriers are just too high. 

Given this, our founders identified an opportunity. They recognized a way to make strategic, efficient and impartial decisions about how to support the nonprofit community. They saw a mechanism for sustainably leveraging their resources to help meet the development needs of a very broad group of potential beneficiaries.

That mechanism is our superpower. We call it the Give Lively Effect: a proven way of democratizing and leveling the digital fundraising playing field, guiding nonprofits into the digital age, helping them hit their fundraising goals and freeing them to devote more resources to their critical work.

Happily, it has worked extremely well.

Our Founders’ Rationale: The GIVE LIVELY EFFECT

Strategic, efficient and impartial

Give Lively helps our founders and the nonprofit community in three ways:

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As an impact investment multiplier
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As an efficiency provider
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As an ethical filter
iMPACT

Measuring our success

A gift to the community

Our decision not to charge nonprofits or donors for use of our technology can be thought of as a sizable charitable gift to the nonprofit community. Millions of dollars in donated money that nonprofits might otherwise have spent on digital fundraising software have instead been redirected toward their essential operations and services.

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How much have we contributed?

Give Lively’s free tech has subsidized the cost of fundraising by more than $25 million.

This number grows every day as our active membership of 7,000+ nonprofits puts our platform through its paces.

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OUR CONTRIBUTION

Give Lively’s free tech has subsidized the cost of fundraising by more than

$25 million
This number grows every day as our active membership of 7,000+ nonprofits puts our platform through its paces.
SERVICES

Our free products and services include:

OUR MEMBERSHIP PROMISE

Members gain full and free access to all of our digital fundraising products.