Love Thy Neighborhood Is Saving More Time And Money With Bloomerang’s Peer-To-Peer Features
Love Thy Neighborhood (LTN) is an urban missions agency that equips young adults to “do justice” by setting them up with social justice internships. The organization impacts a wide range of causes and interest areas, including homelessness, healthcare, refugees, and construction and low-income housing.
Kiana Brown is the Director of Operations and co-founder of LTN. She describes her role as split between catching everything that “slips through the cracks” and assisting with the vision and planning for the organization’s future. It was that eye on LTN’s future needs that led Brown to Bloomerang.
Searching For A More Affordable And Integrated Solution
Because LTN’s interns fundraise to support their experience, the organization needed to provide them with a way to create their own fundraisers. However, they didn’t want to create more work for themselves.
“We didn’t want to have to enter those donations manually,” Brown says.
Brown was not happy with LTN’s previous donor management software. When she went looking for a new solution, she knew she needed something that was more integrated and affordable. She also knew that it had to facilitate crowdfunding and peer-to-peer fundraising.
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Now that LTN has a new donor management system in place, they’re able to keep their mission moving forward.
Save More Time
“Bloomerang has saved me LOTS of time with donation management,” Brown says. “Before Bloomerang I would have to enter each donation that interns received manually, even if it was received online.”
Another benefit of using Bloomerang is that setting up the pages is “so easy and user friendly” that Brown no longer has to spend time coaching interns through setting up their pages.
Raise More Funds
“Bloomerang makes it MUCH easier for our interns to raise money and track it,” she says. “The transaction fees are also less than we were paying previously so we are able to keep more of the donation! Also, we love the feature that gives people the option to cover the transaction fee. About 75% of our donors do cover the fee.”
Do More Good
According to Brown, it is Bloomerang’s ability to help the organization save more time and raise more funds that allows them to do more good.
“Because Bloomerang helps save us time and money, we are able to focus more on training up the next generation of Christian leaders and our interns are able to focus more on serving the community of the hurting and marginalized around them,” says Brown.
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Lower Fees and Generous Donors Covering Costs!
"The transaction fees are also less than we were paying previously so we are able to keep more of the donation! Also, we love the feature that gives people the option to cover the transaction fee. About 75% of our donors do cover the fee."
Kiana BrownDirector of Operations, Love Thy Neighborhood
Taking Advantage Of Bloomerang’s Peer-To-Peer Fundraising Tools
Brown loves that LTN interns are able to customize their peer-to-peer page to fit their personalities. She also calls out how easy it is for the interns to set up and maintain their pages.
And speaking of easy, Brown is also a huge fan of the fact that all of this exists within Bloomerang. Because they don’t have additional steps they have to take to import data, this makes running reports “very quick and easy.” Plus, they can track the progress of each of their interns all in one place.
Because LTN raises around 40% of their annual funds through peer-to-peer fundraising, it makes sense that having an affordable and integrated peer-to-peer fundraising option was non-negotiable. We’re thrilled that they chose Bloomerang and that they’re having so much success with our online fundraising tools.
If you’re in a similar situation as Brown, you may want to learn more about Bloomerang’s fundraising tools. We’ve also provided a peer-to-peer resource page for nonprofit professionals looking to learn more about this type of fundraising.