Business Plan Challenge Follow-up

DonorCommunity expands, now serves more than 140 nonprofits

David Blyer is CEO of DonorCommunity, which helps nonprofits with donor management, fund-raising, social media and more.
David Blyer is CEO of DonorCommunity, which helps nonprofits with donor management, fund-raising, social media and more.
Shannon Kaestle / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

DonorCommunity put out the welcome mat for nonprofits, offering more features to help them thrive.

In the past year, the Sunrise-based company that provides an affordable all-in-one online fundraising and event management software solution for nonprofits has doubled its client base to more than 140 nonprofits while retaining high marks for customer service, said founder and CEO David Blyer.

In 2013, DonorCommunity introduced an event management application that enables nonprofits to promote and manage “run, walk and ride” events, like golf tournaments, runs and other special events. The company also released a personal fundraising application that enables individual donors to create their own fundraising campaigns and then promote them through their personal and social networks. Childnet has used personal fundraisers for its Circle of Supporters campaign, Blyer said.

And last year, the team successfully integrated the crowd-funding business it purchased. “On any given day, we have over a hundred active fundraisers going,” Blyer said. “Now, we’re expanding the MicroGiving business by launching a Corporate Sponsorship program. Sponsors get a dedicated ‘home page’ on the MicroGiving website and the right to ‘adopt’ particular campaigns by offering matching funds. iPic Theaters, MDLive, Domain Holdings and others have joined, with many more in the pipeline.”

DonorCommunity, which won first place in the Business Plan Challenge Community Track in 2011, now has 32 employees spread around the nation. The company plans to release new team fundraising and volunteer management applications this year. As always, all DonorCommunity clients will receive these enhancements for free as part of their annual subscriptions.

“Overall, we’re grateful for everything we’ve accomplished as a business and excited about our prospects for the year to come,” Blyer said.

Editor’s note: We follow our Business Plan Challenge winners and finalists for years to come. Watch Business Monday for more updates on past winners.

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