Tech News: CDS Global, Classy, Gravyty, Salesforce

CDS Global, a business solutions provider to nonprofits, and Classy, creator of online fundraising software, are partnering to leverage each other’s solutions, technologies, and industry expertise for online and offline giving activity connectivity.

“CDS Global has a long history of providing the operational solutions and support that nonprofits need to advance their missions and focus on the important work that they do,” said Malcolm Netburn, chairman and CEO of CDS Global, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. “Our partnership with Classy enhances these services and provides a streamlined set of solutions for nonprofits to track online and offline donor activity.”

CDS Global can now support Classy clients with donations processing with automated data capture, printing and mailing of donor acknowledgement letters, multichannel customer service support and end-to-end e-commerce and premium fulfillment.

In return, CDS Global clients have access to the Classy Fundraising Suite, an integrated suite of online fundraising products that includes peer-to-peer fundraising, crowdfunding, general website donations, events, and international fundraising capabilities. They all flow through Classy Manager, the platform’s centralized hub for campaign management.

“In today’s fragmented fundraising landscape, modern nonprofits need to diversify their revenue streams,” said Scot Chisholm, CEO and co-founder of San Diego, Calif.-based Classy. “That includes the ability to marry their online efforts with what’s happening offline,” he said via a release.

As the partnership progresses, CDS Global and Classy will explore opportunities to develop new and integrated solutions that are powered by the combined data set, according to the firms.

Gravyty Updates AI-Based Fundraising Tools

Fundraising platform Gravyty unveiled Gravyty 2.0, an evolution of its suite of AI-enabled fundraising tools to date. Gravyty 2.0 features two new products, Gravyty Live and Gravyty for Managers, as well new as integrations via its ecosystem of partners, according to the firm.

The launch of Gravyty Live is a one-on-one guidance for frontline fundraisers, supported by trained and expert fundraising professionals who ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) and fundraiser enablement tools directly support fundraising strategy.

“Gravyty has definitively proven that with artificial intelligence, advancement organizations can expand their workforces and grow in ways never before possible,” said Adam Martel, co-founder and CEO of Boston, Mass.-based Gravyty via a statement.

Gravyty Live aligns AI technology with fundraising strategy. It includes Gravyty’s professional fundraising team members, each with an average of 10 years of fundraising experience.

Gravyty for Managers allows managers to support frontline fundraisers with easy-to-read visualizations that show how fundraisers manage their portfolios with AI and measure individual key performance indicators around activities and outcomes.

Salesforce.org Launches foundationConnect for Grantmakers

Salesforce.org unveiled foundationConnect, a grants management system that enables foundations and public charities to manage the lifecycle of philanthropic giving.

Salesforce.org last year acquired roundCorner, which provided fundraising and grantmaking solutions, including foundationConnect, and industry expertise to meet the needs of the largest global organizations.

foundationConnect provides grantmakers with a holistic view of their philanthropic giving by managing stakeholder relationships and grants management processes. Now with automated manual tasks with intelligent workflows, staff can spend more time supporting grantees and leadership to maximize the organization’s impact.

Built on Salesforce, foundationConnect ties into Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud and Nonprofit Cloud. Salesforce.org foundationConnect includes an application and grantee portal, a reviewer portal, grant awards and management, report tracking, outcomes measurement, and, payment and budget tracking.