Category: GiveCampus Updates

First Giving Days: Spotlight on George Washington University

Have you ever wondered if your school should add a yearly Giving Day to your annual fundraising strategy? Giving Days are proven to help get constituents excited to give back to their institutions and create a sense of urgency to donate within a specific timeframe. They are also helpful in encouraging donors to make a second (or third) gift during the fiscal year.

Some might wonder, “Is it too late for my school to add a Giving Day?” The answer to this question is a resounding NO! Over and over, we’ve seen schools add Giving Days to their list of strategies with strong results. Take George Washington University (GW), for example. 

Founded in 1821, GW celebrated their bicentennial year by launching their first ever Giving Day in April of 2021. They invited alumni, students, parents, faculty, and friends to “Change a Student’s Life and Change the World.” 

As GW fundraisers prepared to host their inaugural Giving Day festivities, they turned to the GiveCampus Partner Success Team for help planning the big day and implementing best practices. The GW team met regularly with their Partner Success Lead to review strategy. They also leaned on GiveCampus University (GCU), a partner-exclusive content hub containing hundreds of how-to guides, tips, and templates—all written and carefully curated by experienced educational fundraisers.

So how did GW’s first-ever Giving Day go? They crushed it:

  • Their goal was to raise $300k in a 24-hour period. In the end they raised $969,993—that’s 323% of their goal! 
  • Of that, $104k can be directly attributed to peer-to-peer sharing. That’s right, GW was able to raise over $100,000 from friends telling their friends about giving back to their alma mater. 
  • GW also made it easy for donors to give to a cause they cared about. Donors were able to give to 14 different funds during the Day of Giving, allowing people to give to areas they cared about most. 

Check out GW’s campaign page. You’ll see their wonderful branding, video content, and how they used the GiveCampus Social Fundraising Platform to drive peer-to-peer engagement and expand their reach.

If you’d like to learn more about how GiveCampus can help your institution launch a wildly successful Giving Day, schedule a short intro call or demo with a fundraising expert today.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 8, 2021. It has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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The Next Chapter for GiveCampus

By: Kestrel Linder, Co-Founder and CEO of GiveCampus

Better fundraising technology isn’t a ‘nice to have.’ It is a must-have. Without more effective fundraising, schools have to choose between increasing tuition and cutting costs–both of which harm students and hinder social mobility. We created GiveCampus as a bulwark against these

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GiveCampus Raises $50 Million Investment Led by Silversmith Capital Partners


GiveCampus Raises $50 Million Investment Led by Silversmith Capital Partners

WASHINGTON, DC – September 19, 2022 – GiveCampus, a leading fundraising platform for nonprofit educational institutions, announced today that it has closed a $50 million minority growth equity investment led by Silversmith Capital Partners, a Boston-based growth equity firm. Several individual investors also participated in the financing including Y Combinator’s Michael Seibel, Stripe’s Claire Hughes Johnson and founding HubSpot team member, Mike Volpe. As part of the investment, Silversmith has committed significant additional capital to provide GiveCampus employees with liquidity through a tender offer. The financing marks the first time the bootstrapped company has raised capital since raising less than $1 million from family, friends, angel investors, and Y Combinator in 2015. The capital will be used to accelerate product development and hiring across the organization.

GiveCampus was founded in 2014 by Kestrel Linder and Mike Kong to advance the quality, affordability, and accessibility of education by providing non-profit educational institutions with a modern platform to reach, engage and mobilize their communities. The GiveCampus platform supports educational fundraisers’ most mission-critical priorities, from providing donors with a frictionless online giving experience, to identifying and engaging alumni with significant giving capacity, to scaling the impact of volunteer programs. Since its launch in 2015, the platform has facilitated more than $2 billion in charitable giving to more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and K12 schools. 

“We founded GiveCampus because we believe it should be easy to make a gift to your school and that fundraisers at schools deserve cutting-edge technology designed specifically for them,” said GiveCampus Co-Founder and CEO, Kestrel Linder. “As we embark on this next chapter, we will continue to obsess over the needs and priorities of our partner schools while integrating additional capabilities, data, and insights into our platform in order to drive even bigger impact.”

“From the start, we sought to build a sustainable business that prioritizes long-term success and value creation,” continued Linder. “That’s why we’re thrilled to have Silversmith as our first institutional investor. As we have gotten to know the Silversmith team over several years, it’s become clear they share our belief in capital efficiency and long-term outcomes. Silversmith brings deep experience working with software and payments businesses that will be invaluable as we begin our next phase of growth.”

Since GiveCampus launched in 2015, the company has achieved major milestones including:

  • Facilitating more than $2 billion in charitable giving to more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and K12 schools in 48 U.S. states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, as well as internationally
  • Surpassing a revenue run-rate of $20 million
  • Six consecutive years of profitability and positive cash flow
  • Growing the team to 75 employees in 23 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Donating $1 million in free fundraising support for programs that help low-income students, first-generation students, and underrepresented minorities through The GiveCampus Social Mobility Initiative

“Fundraising is a critical component of school budgets. Without effective fundraising, schools face a choice between cutting budgets or increasing tuition and fees, both of which harm students and especially students from less advantaged backgrounds,” said Jim Quagliaroli, Silversmith Managing Partner. “GiveCampus is a game changer, helping schools of every shape and size advance their missions through significantly improved fundraising outcomes. “It is rare to find software companies that deliver so much real, measurable value to users and society as a whole. We are excited to work with Kestrel, Mike and the entire GiveCampus team as they continue to play a vital role in ensuring that a high-quality education is accessible and affordable for everyone.”

The GiveCampus platform provides educational fundraising teams with the solutions they need to fundraise more effectively, including:

  • Social Fundraising: peer-to-peer advocacy and streamlined giving experiences for giving days, crowdfunding, senior gifts, and reunion campaigns
  • Giving Forms: frictionless online giving experiences that make donating easier and more personal, driving increased donor conversion
  • Spotlight: personalized video communications and stewardship
  • Volunteer Management: empowering volunteers to engage and solicit other alumni and parents at scale
  • GC Wealth: identifying high-net-worth donors and surfacing actionable real-time insights for engagement
  • GC Connect: mobile “point-of-sale” for seamlessly accepting in-person donations

As part of the investment, Silversmith’s Quagliaroli has joined GiveCampus’s Board of Directors alongside the company’s co-founders. Kirkland & Ellis served as legal counsel to Silversmith Capital Partners and Wilmer Hale served as legal counsel to GiveCampus.

About GiveCampus
GiveCampus is the world’s leading fundraising platform for nonprofit educational institutions. Trusted by more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools, our mission is to advance the quality, the affordability, and the accessibility of education. We provide software, services, and expertise that help schools raise more money, from more people, at a fraction of the cost of other fundraising methods. For more information, please visit

About Silversmith Capital Partners
Founded in 2015, Silversmith Capital Partners is a Boston-based growth equity firm with $3.3 billion of capital under management. Silversmith’s mission is to partner with and support the best entrepreneurs in growing, profitable technology and healthcare companies. Representative investments include ActiveCampaign, Appfire, DistroKid,, Iodine Software, LifeStance Health, and Webflow. For more information about Silversmith, please visit or follow the firm on LinkedIn.

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GiveCampus Ranks No. 2,610 on the 2022 Inc. 5000 Annual List


GiveCampus Ranks No. 2,610 on the 2022 Inc. 5000 Annual List

With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 218% Percent, GiveCampus Receives Ranking No. 2,610 Among America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

NEW YORK, August 16, 2022 – Today, Inc. revealed that GiveCampus is No. 2,610 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list represents a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. Facebook, Chobani, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
“Earning a spot on this list is a credit to the GiveCampus team and everything it has achieved,” says CEO and Co-Founder Kestrel Linder. “Over the last three years, we’ve tripled the amount of philanthropy that our platform facilitates, we’ve tripled our revenue, and we’ve doubled the number of colleges, universities, and K-12 schools in our community.”

“Earning a spot on this list is a credit to the GiveCampus team and everything it has achieved.”

Kestrel Linder, GiveCampus CEO & Co-Founder
“We are especially proud to be recognized as one of America’s fastest-growing companies following our sixth consecutive year of profitability,” Linder continues. “We aspire to transform the educational fundraising industry, and to realize that goal we have and will continue to prioritize sustainable growth and the delivery of measurable, mission-critical value to the schools we support.”
The companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 have not only been successful, but have also demonstrated resilience amid supply chain woes, labor shortages, and the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Among the top 500, the average median three-year revenue growth rate soared to 2,144 percent. Together, those companies added more than 68,394 jobs over the past three years.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, which will be available on August 23.
“The accomplishment of building one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., in light of recent economic roadblocks, cannot be overstated,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that have established themselves through innovation, hard work, and rising to the challenges of today.”
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Reflecting on 7 Years of Sustainable Growth

By: Kestrel Linder, Co-Founder and CEO of GiveCampus

We recently celebrated the 7th anniversary of the first fundraising campaign hosted on GiveCampus. This campaign was a proof of concept for the first university to take a chance on a start-up that nobody had ever heard of and a product nobody had ever

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GiveCampus Will Support Cryptocurrency Donations to Schools


GiveCampus Will Support Cryptocurrency Donations to Schools

GiveCampus will become the first and only educational fundraising platform to process cryptocurrency donations

Washington, D.C. – April 20, 2021 – GiveCampus, the world’s leading digital fundraising and volunteer management platform for nonprofit educational institutions, announced today that it will begin facilitating cryptocurrency donations for the nearly 1,000 schools on its platform in 2021. This news comes only weeks after GiveCampus launched a first-of-its-kind integration that enables donors to make donations with Venmo, and further expands the broad suite of modern payment options available to donors on the GiveCampus platform.

GiveCampus is integrating with The Giving Block to process cryptocurrency donations. The Giving Block is the leading cryptocurrency solution used by nonprofits including United Way, American Cancer Society, Save The Children, and Team Rubicon. As The Giving Block’s exclusive partner for cryptocurrency donations to educational institutions, GiveCampus will be the sole provider of The Giving Block’s unique technology to colleges, universities, and K-12 schools.

“More than $2 trillion of wealth is now held in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and many of the people holding that wealth want to give some of it away to support causes they believe in, including education. We’re excited to finally make that possible,” said Kestrel Linder, CEO and Co-Founder of GiveCampus. “By accepting cryptocurrency donations, schools will be meeting a new population of enthusiastic donors where they already are.” 

“By accepting cryptocurrency donations, schools will be meeting a new population of enthusiastic donors where they are.”

Kestrel Linder, GiveCampus CEO & Co-Founder

More than 100 million people own cryptocurrency and the value held in cryptocurrency has more than doubled over the last three months. In recent weeks, major financial institutions have embraced cryptocurrency: in March, Morgan Stanley announced it will offer access to funds containing cryptocurrency and Visa announced it will allow payment settlement using cryptocurrency.

Donating cryptocurrency has significant tax benefits for donors. The IRS considers cryptocurrency to be property for Federal income tax purposes, so donors receive a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the donated cryptocurrency and they do not have to pay capital gains taxes. This means schools will receive donations that are 20-30% larger than if donors instead needed to sell their cryptocurrency and donate the after-tax proceeds. The average cryptocurrency donation made to a nonprofit using The Giving Block is approximately ten times as large as the average online donation made using other payment methods.

“Cryptocurrency is the best performing asset class of the last decade, with more users than every U.S. brokerage combined,” said Pat Duffy, Co-Founder at The Giving Block. “Crypto-enabled schools will have a decisive fundraising edge over their peers, and with this partnership, we’re making it easy for schools to gain that edge.” 

With this new capability, GiveCampus will become the only fundraising platform enabling cryptocurrency donations for schools, just as it is the only platform to offer a Venmo and PayPal integration built for educational donors. This new offering also complements GiveCampus’s new GC Wealth service, which provides schools with cutting-edge wealth data and analytics to identify major donor prospects—many of whom may prefer the tax benefits of making cryptocurrency donations. 

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Welcoming more HBCUs to our community

GiveCampus’s mission is simple, yet profound: to help advance the quality, the affordability, and the accessibility of education. We believe that an education should be available to all, no matter their background. Since our founding in 2014, we have partnered with over 950 schools to fulfill that mission. While we are

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Get to Know the Volunteer Management System

There’s nothing like a good talk show format to share more information about our newest updates! This week, GiveCampus colleagues Jacob-Clifton Albritton and Rosa Conrad connected to talk through GiveCampus’s Volunteer Management System.

Ready to learn how your school can leverage The Volunteer Management System? Fill out the form below and we

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Spotlight, Camera, Action!


Lights, Camera, Spotlight!


We’ve all heard “a picture is worth a thousand words.” So how many words are a video worth?

According to Dr. James McQuivey, an expert in mass communication research, a 60-second video is worth 1.8 million words. WOAH—let that sink in!

We’ve all been there, wishing we could write more to do justice to a compelling story. The beauty is that a video enhances the way we tell stories and truly make them come alive. In a time where we still are not able to connect in-person as we have done in the past, video is a powerful tool to connect with your audience, show the true impact your constituents have on your institution, and build organic, lasting connections with your most loyal supporters. 

GiveCampus makes all of this easy with Spotlight. Spotlight allows partners to easily create beautifully branded video landing pages in minutes and track the donors and dollars that come from your video landing pages.

At GiveCampus, we are always looking for ways to innovate through our products and make it easier for our partner schools to achieve their goals. We are excited to share that Spotlight now includes an email builder directly in the platform! This update allows partners to filter recipient lists and send custom videos to key segments. These can include one-time donors, recurring donors, match donors, challenge donors, “should-be” donors who provided biographical information but then abandoned their gift, and campaign Advocates.

The best part? This can all be done while in the platform. No need to import or export lists from other sources. You can also select which specific giving forms and campaigns are relevant for each recipient list.

Spotlight makes it easy to build relationships, increase conversion rates, and communicate in a way that will resonate with your audience. And now, to segment that message easier than ever.  

If your institution is already partnered with GiveCampus, use the link below to learn more about and order Spotlight.

If your institution is not already partnered with GiveCampus, sign up for more information.
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