GiveZooks is intended to provide non profit organizations with a way to fundraise online. The charity or organization is asked to select a plan. After doing so, the user can create custom fundraisers and give their supporters the ability to fundraise for them online. The user can then select their preferred payment gateway. Options for payments include CyberSource, Paypal, Sage, Authorize Net and Amazon Payments. The user can begin promoting their charity’s fundraiser through email campaigns, social networking websites and widgets. Charities can personalize their campaigns with custom colors, images and logos. The user can also provide their donors with flexible choices when making a monetary donation, including credit cards, checks, stock, pledges, gift cards and wire payments. Charities can track their progress through GiveZooks as well. The application generates easy to read line and bar graphs that show the user how close they are to meeting their goals.
GiveZooks was founded in October of 2007. Based out of Santa Barbara, California, the company currently employs fewer than 20 individuals. The site’s goal is to level the playing field to help charities tap into the full potential of the internet as a donation driving resource. The tools available through GiveZooks allow charities to boost their exposure with social networking, widgets and email campaigns while providing convenient ways for their donors to send them money.
GiveZooks offers users a number of helpful features. The application comes at a cost, which is a little high considering its purpose is to work with non profit organizations. This fact is offset by the many features included with GiveZooks. Users can manage email campaigns, social networking profiles and accept many forms of payment through a handful of popular payment gateways.
The GiveZooks website has a trendy green and black color scheme complimented by hints of orange. New users can see the total amount of funds raised on GiveZooks in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. Size green links just above the main header help the user learn more about the site, locate online communities and find pricing and sign up areas.
A new charity can create a GiveZooks account by clicking the green “Pricing and Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A large orange button is also available along the right hand side. After selecting their desired plan, the user is asked to provide their organization size, whether they prefer an annual or monthly subscription and additional membership options. The user must also provide their email address, first and last name, title, phone number and password.
Individuals can create a GiveZooks account for free. Charities must choose between an Unlimited or Events membership. The Unlimited plan costs around $130 per month for up to $500,000 raised, around $250 for up to $2 million raised and $500 for up to $5 million raised. The Event membership does not require a subscription fee but charges the user around 2.5% per online donation and 2.5% per event ticket sold. Users can also add premium phone support for approximately $15 per month for both plans.
GiveZooks is a helpful resource for non profit organizations. The pricing plans seem geared towards charities that see higher fundraising profits. An event membership plan is also available at a per ticket cost.