The world is quickly changing around us. Smartphones have revolutionized nearly all industries including banking, commerce, music and travel. Our smartphones represent convenience and we use them to do everything from depositing checks, paying for coffee to booking a flight. Why not fundraising?
Your donors increasingly expect that same convenience when donating to your cause or bidding in your auction. Mobile fundraising is not the future, it is today.
At Handbid, we envision a world where charities can easily connect with their donors anytime, anyplace, anyway using powerful mobile-based fundraising tools they can manage on their own.
The concept was born around the Porter’s kitchen table after running their fifth annual fundraising event benefitting the Prader-Willi Syndrome of Colorado (PWSACO). Jeff Porter and his family founded PWSACO in 2002, after their daughter Abby was diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder, and have been passionate about raising funds for the cause ever since.
Their signature fundraiser quickly grew from 50 attendees to over 300, and in 2010 they were running a silent and live auction with over 150 items. Innumerable hours were spent organizing the donations, preparing bid sheets, creating labels, tracking bidders, etc, all using spreadsheets and mail merge programs. But the larger issue came at the event when everyone was trying to checkout and a data entry error was discovered in the winning bids spreadsheet.
Through his personal fundraising efforts, Jeff understood the challenges inherent in organizing charity auctions. As a seasoned media and technology executive with vast experience in developing technology solutions that drive user engagement and connect buyers and sellers, he immediately knew he could solve his problem using cutting-edge technology.
Handbid debuted the following year at PWSACO’s 6th annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser and contributed to the organization raising more than $70,000 at their event. Jeff and the entire Handbid team is committed to helping other non-profits increase their auction revenue while creating an automated process for auction managers and a memorable experience for donors.
“We love to help people put smiles on their faces and money in their pockets. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to make a living doing that.” After noticing a great need in raising funds for worthy causes, Jeff Porter started Handbid. Having formed his own non-profit with wife Kari in honor of their daughter’s battle with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Jeff’s double-edged experience in fundraising ensures you’ll get the most bang for your buck from your auction. An avid skier, family man and fierce bidder, you’ll be hard pressed to top the best auction Jeff has won to date; a free year of burritos. (It goes without saying that his daughter is now the Norm From Cheers of Qdoba.)
Downhill skiing, running, imparting invaluable auction wisdom on clients; Kari Adler pretty much does everything short of leaping tall buildings in a single bound. Kari's responsibilities at Handbid include everything from product management, to technical support to heading up all testing and QA. Part of the Handbid story since the beginning, Kari knows that a good product and customer service requires attention to detail, relevant fundraising experience, and patience. In the end, it's about really understanding what the client needs. And who better to efficiently help your auction shine than a busy mom of four, one with special needs? She’ll take her coffee strong and black, please.
Nothing gives me a sense of purpose like helping others fund their passion to help others and the communities they live in! Not only do we get to embrace this “pay it forward concept”, we get to make a living doing it! Mark and his wife Lisa were born and raised Texans and came to Colorado for a year or two. Three kids and 11 years later it still feels like we are on our Colorado Honeymoon. An avid golfer, skier, lover of football - Longhorns & Broncos, and a desire to be a great Dad and Husband, Mark loves the relationships he gets to make at Handbid.
Jet Engine/Aircraft Mechanic in the US Air Force; Mountain Biker; Skier; World Traveler – these definitions describe some of Kelly Jackson’s interests, but it does not define who she has become. Kelly served her country in the USAF before starting her professional sales career in Denver, Colorado. Kelly took her military experience and combined it with a heart to serve and became a natural leader in the sales arena. For 20+ years, Kelly has built deep trusting relationships with thousands of clients who are happy to call her their friend, not just their representative. Kelly is our client services firecracker here at Handbid and the position fits perfectly with Kelly’s motto, "Let's get this done and let's get it done right!"
Tracy truly understands the value of exceptional client service. “When you focus on the clients’ needs and challenges first, everything else falls into place.” As it turns out, Benefit Auctions is a business Tracy can easily focus on the client needs, because she “gets” the client. “I know benefit auctions from every angle, I’ve been the client, the volunteer mom with the PTA fundraiser, the non-profit community auction volunteer and the professional live Auctioneer. Sometimes I hold several of those positions at the same time! Not only do I have an understanding of our clients’ needs, but I have great empathy for their challenges as well.” For Tracy, being able to support clients to produce better, more well-run and more profitable events is incredibly fulfilling on a personal and professional level.
According to Diana, if you want to get better at managing yourself more efficiently under pressure -- like the kind of pressure you feel at your event -- spend some time with a special needs kid. If you don't know one, then take a yoga class. Before kids and even before yoga, Diana has always loved adventure. In fact, she used to live in Alaska, sing in a rock band, and has even been known to run UP a moving down escalator on her way to a 10 mile race (but not all in the same year). Now, she lives near DC with her husband, daughter and special needs son and practices yoga whenever she gets the chance. "Handbid empowers Organizations to rethink their event. I love seeing the creative ways our clients are using the software. They are having fun and making more money for their Cause in the process!"
Ashlie comes to Handbid with more than ten years of experience in non-profit management in the great State of Texas. Her passion for fundraising, and auctions consumes her world. Ashlie is excited to work with you to help your organization raise more money through the use of technology of auctions and events. When not working, you can find Ashlie spending weekends at her family's farm behind the "Pine Curtain" of East Texas. Unlike most Southern-Gals, the only boots you will find her in are the ones covered in mud. Ashlie has two bonus son's that she absolutely adores. Their Daddy, her husband, may have stolen her heart, but the two boys have the lock and key.
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