Mark Perkins has been tasked with righting the ship at software as a service fundraising firm Kimbia. Perkins has taken command of the Austin, Texas-based online firm as chief executive officer.
Kimbia’s platform helps support more than 25,000 organizations. Perkins’ hiring comes roughly three months after a hardware issue caused significant donation delays during Give Local America, a 24-hour crowdfunding event. The issue led to Kimbia refunding hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees, making online fundraising technology free to participating nonprofits for the remainder of the year and diverting three months of then- president and CEO Daniel Gillett’s salary to Give Local America participants.
Requests for additional comment placed to Perkins, board member Brian R. Smith and Kimbia headquarters were not returned prior to publishing.
Perkins replaces Gillett who has left the company. Mary Anne Gunn, former vice president of marketing, also left in June, according to her LinkedIn page.
A request for comment sent to Gillett at his new firm, Blackhill Partners, was not returned. According to his biography on the Blackhill Partners website, he is a managing partner there. It refers to him as a co-founder of MG Capital, a predecessor of Blackhill Partners. His LinkedIn page shows this is his third stint at the firm. There is no mention of Kimbia.
“I am honored to have been elected Kimbia’s CEO because of the opportunity to help lead the company to position itself for greater growth while leveraging the gifts, industry expertise and talents of this team,” said Perkins via a release.
Perkins’ previous career stops include Tenura Holdings, a Plano, Texas-based home-buying company, Leasing Group, an Austin, Texas-based financial solutions provider, and tech giant Dell.
“We are confident in the growth opportunity with Mark and the continued success of Kimbia and its ability to serve the needs of nonprofits and their missions. We believe Mark is the right leader to get us there,” said Smith, who is also managing director of S3 Ventures, Kimbia’s lead investment firm.