LiveImpact was referred to us by a colleague, and we were impressed with the demo. The main attraction for us to move to LiveImpact was that all the functionalities we needed i.e. donor management, events, newsletters, email campaigns, and online fundraising were under one umbrella.
Prior to LiveImpact, we were using Salesforce, Eventbrite, Mailchimp, and Excel spreadsheets. My staff was spending significant time exporting and importing data, and maintaining data accuracy. Using multiple tools, especially during our annual gala event was very time consuming.
We signed up with LiveImpact and had to jump right into our annual gala event. LiveImpact was extremely responsive to our needs and we were very happy with their support. Instead of the traditional onboarding, they customized it to our needs, and helped us streamline our entire event to be a success. Earlier we did ticket sales in Eventbrite, then exported the data and the admin did the seating chart, and after the event was over we extracted the donor data to Salesforce. We used LiveImpact for registration, ticketing, seating charts, email acknowledgements, payments, check-ins and all our donor information was updated automatically in the central database. LiveImpact has taken the headache out of doing an event for us.
LiveImpact also offers features that are complex to use in other platforms. For example, merging contacts simultaneously is very easy to do in LiveImpact as it is visually laid out compared to Salesforce. LiveImpact’s donor database is very similar to Salesforce in terms of capacity and functionality, but its interface is more user friendly for non-tech savvy individuals. Salesforce is complex and becomes hard to navigate. Also, Salesforce terminology is not geared towards nonprofits. Salesforce uses words such as account, opportunity, a donor is a contact, therefore one has to constantly do some interpretation. LiveImpact uses familiar nonprofit language and goes a step further as we could define the “names” for our contacts. We customized the system based on how we refer to our contacts, our processes and how we work.
Having one platform makes everything easier for us, including training our staff on one software. Its more efficient and cost effective. With LiveImpact the support we get has been amazing and very helpful. They are very attentive and very flexible with our needs.