Bidr Launches New Text-To-Donate Platform: Text.Gives

Charleston-based startup Bidr launched its new text-to-donate platform, Text.Gives, innovating the way nonprofits can fundraise and making it easier than ever to donate for a cause.

Text.Gives is a fully automated, text-to-donate platform that allows organizations to create a donation campaign in minutes that’s centered simply on a chosen keyword.

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Here’s how it works:

A nonprofit organization or supporter of a cause chooses its keyword and launches a campaign through Text.Gives. Donors can text the keyword, then reply with a dollar amount and make a donation in seconds. It’s that easy.

Text.Gives also allows you to turn relevant issues or events instantly into financial momentum for your organization.

Bidr utilized the platform in a powerful way when they partnered with the City of Charleston to help raise funds for the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund established in the wake of the church shootings. Bidr immediately set up a text-to-donate campaign using the keyword PrayForCharleston, providing an easy way for donors to contribute to the fund. View the PrayforCharleston campaign HERE.

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In just a few days, individual donations ranging from $5 to $10,000 were made through Bidr’s text to donate platform, raising over $160,000 for the fund. To donate to the fund donors would (and still can) text “PrayforCharleston” to the number 843-606-5995.

Chief Evangelist Mindy Taylor said, “This unique partnership with Bidr provided the ability for the city to raise money quickly, and significantly increased funds raised for the Emanuel families and the church. The potential for using text-to-donate in exciting new ways for nonprofit fundraising is incredible!”

Text.Gives was created as a result of that success so that organizations can quickly set up a text-to-donate campaign to capitalize on a crisis or offer a continuous keyword campaign integrated into all of its fundraising, communications, and events. Now organizations anywhere can simply choose a keyword and easily set up their own text-to-donate campaigns to start raising funds for their cause. For donors the process is even easier—text the keyword, an amount, and you’re done.

“We are excited to announce the launch of Text.Gives today, making it super easy for nonprofits to set up keyword campaigns in minutes,” said Bidr CEO and Founder Sam Staley. Bidr does not charge any upfront, annual, or maintenance fees, so an organization can choose a keyword and keep its campaign open as long as it needs. “As people have become more comfortable making donations electronically, the time has come for Text.Gives to transformationally change how charities raise money. Every nonprofit should have a Text.Gives campaign,” remarked Staley.

“This is a powerful tool for charitable organizations, athletic teams, disaster relief, and even schools and booster clubs,” said Patrick Bryant, Bidr Business Development Lead. “Text.Gives allows organizations to incorporate a simple, memorable keyword into all of their promotional materials without a penny of maintenance cost for the organization,” added Bryant.

Text.Gives is now being used to help victims of the recent South Carolina floods with its #SCFlood campaign.  Donors can contribute via twitter (text.gives/tweet/scflood) or text (text.gives/scflood). All proceeds are given to the American Red Cross.

Bidr provides an innovative fundraising and event management solution that helps nonprofits make more money through ticketing, silent auctions, charity events, and raffles.

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The company first announced the Text.Gives platform at the White House Demo Day on August 5th while demonstrating Bidr’s platform and nonprofit fundraising services to President Obama. Bidr was one of 30 innovators from around the country chosen to showcase how their ideas have turned into disruptive technologies and services.

Bidr also won a $100,000 investment from Steve Case and Revolution Ventures’ Rise of the Rest competition, as well as DIG SOUTH’S Wild Pitch event earlier this year.

 

 

 

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