Leading Mobile Fundraising Company Gesture Wins Chicago Innovation Award, Expands Its Charity Platform
Scheduled to run a total of 264 events across 136 cities in 28 states in the fourth quarter of 2014 alone, Gesture’s expert team and its suite of event management software is set reshape the way charities and donors create positive change anywhere in the world
Gesture has been awarded the coveted Chicago Innovation Award for their revolutionary charity fundraising platform and services that continue to create positive change all over the country.
Selected from an astounding 552 nominees and 100 finalists, Gesture — America’s leading mobile fundraising event company — has been named Chicago’s most innovative new company.
By helping charities, nonprofits, schools, churches and foundations through its digital bidding technology and customized charity event solutions, organizations have maximized their revenue through their silent auctions, direct donations and live auctions. In just over three years, Gesture has helped raise over $140 million for its expanding number of charity partners.
The company’s trusted network of countrywide partners include renowned charities such as the Boys and Girls Club, American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the YMCA, Folds of Honor and American Red Cross .
Using its innovative Mobile Bidding technology where donors bid easily and efficiently via any mobile device, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer from anywhere in the world, Gesture’s mission to foster generosity and deliver affordable charity event solutions sets the company at the forefront of the industry.
“This award galvanizes what the Gesture team has been working towards over the past three years, being more than just a charity event service by not only facilitating positive change through our forward-thinking platforms, but also by building long lasting partnerships with our clients,” says Gesture Founder and CEO Jim Alvarez. “Through our expert event management team, and our world class mobile technology, any charity can reach their revenue goals with the least amount of work,” he adds.
Gesture, Alvarez explains, has become a model company for fundraising events by being a hub for every organizational facet of a benefit.
The flagship service, however, is Gesture’s innovative Mobile Bidding technology where charity guests use their mobile phones to register easily with only their name and phone number, and start bidding on silent auction items instantly. Guests receive texts informing them when they are the high bidder, when they have been outbid, and when they’ve won. The software’s automated checkout service streamlines the post-auction process.
By integrating its team and software seamlessly into an event, Gesture can check in any number of guests — to allow for fast and easy registration before bidding — and run the event through its user-friendly, PCI compliant technology that automates auctions, and partners with word-class benefit auctioneers.
According to Philip Crutchfield, VP of Strategic Partnerships, this suite of services will now be complimented by Gesture’s new Integrated Ticketing Platform. This new feature allows charities complete oversight of the event-ticketing site, featuring their logo, banner, event description, contact information, and more. Additionally, the complete software integration means guests will automatically be registered to bid and donate as soon as they purchase a ticket.
“Adding to our focus on utilizing readily available technology to facilitate positive outcomes, this new feature can even provide our charities with instant stats and sales tracking reports,” Crutchfield explains.
As mobile phones become an increasingly established part of our everyday lives, companies like Gesture seek to apply new ways of utilizing this technology that looks beyond baseline profits. According to Pew Research Institute, 90% of American adults have a cell phone.
“Our Social Entrepreneurship platform solely exists to help charities become more profitable, and utilizing mobile phones to facilitate this makes it more efficient for them, and more fun and accessible for people wanting to donate — to make a change,” says Alvarez.
Scheduled to run a total of 264 events across 136 cities in 28 states in the fourth quarter of 2014 alone, Gesture’s expert team and its suite of event management software is set reshape the way charities and donors create positive change anywhere in the world.
Founded by Jim Alvarez in 2011, Gesture works with charities, nonprofits, schools, churches and community organizations nationwide to organize events that maximize revenue in silent auctions, direct donations and live auctions. From school auctions, sports fundraisers, golf outings, club fundraisers and stadium auctions to the most elegant gala, Gesture helps charities raise more money via energetic teams and unique mobile bidding technology. Gestures easy-to-use, PCI-compliant mobile auction software doesn’t require extra devices and can be used by anyone anywhere in the world.