March 11, 2010

Givv – Centralize Your Giving

Givv is a web-app that makes it easy to donate to all of your favorite causes—whether that’s two, 10, or 20—with the click of a single button. Simply input your favorite charities and the monthly amount you’d like to give, and Givv will do the rest—automatically distributing the funds equally among however many groups you choose and keeping your identity anonymous so you can avoid the fundraising solicitations that frequently appear in your mailbox after making a big donation.

Start by searching for your favorite groups or browsing Givv’s lists of the newest and most popular organizations. Once you’ve clicked on a group, you’ll be directed to an account page where you can input the dollar amount you’d like to give each month. From there, that single amount will be distributed amongst all the groups you click on. Your credit card will be charged only once each month no matter how many groups you decide to donate to, and you’ll avoid getting hassled for additional money since your identity and contact information will remain private from the organizations themselves.

Not only does Givv make donating easier on the part of the giver, but it makes fundraising easier for non-profit organizations, too. Because Givv bundles its users’ funds before distributing them to the various organizations at the end of each month, non-profits can avoid paying costly credit card transaction fees on each $1 or $5 donation they get. Overall, Givv is an application that erases many of the barriers that typically prevent people from donating to charities and makes managing donations a little bit easier for both the giver and the recipient.

Practical Uses:

  • Donate to as many charities as you’d like
  • Discover new organizations that might be worthy of your funds
  • View which non-profit groups your friends are donating to
  • Simplify your finances by having just one credit card transaction to Givv each month, no matter how many charities you include on your list

Insider Tips:

  • Sort groups by Recent Activity, Newest, Most Popular, or alphabetically
  • Read more about any charity by clicking on its avatar
  • Update your charity list as frequently as you want
  • Share information about your favorite charities on Facebook or Twitter

What we liked:

  • Bundled transactions save charities money in credit card fees
  • Ability to give small amounts to groups without feeling guilty about not giving enough
  • Allow friends to see which groups you gave to, without revealing the specific dollar amount
  • Search charities by tags and find new organizations worthy of a donation

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Austin, Texas
  • Founded by: Jason Pratt
  • Web site:


  • Free to use

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