Todd Baylis, Tara Lashley of Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, and Shana Spencer of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation after a speaking engagement at the 2019 Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum.
In 2005, Todd Baylis and Peter Rudden founded Qgiv and set out to build a clear, easy way for any tax-exempt organization to accept donations and contributions online. Since then, the company has grown into a thriving organization that prides itself on fast, one-on-one customer service and easy-to-use features. Qgiv serves organizations who serve others, and they take that responsibility to heart every day as Everyday Philanthropists.
The groundwork for Qgiv was started years before its founding when Todd and Peter were college roommates. At that time, the pair were taking on any technology projects that people would pay them to complete. It was during this time period that the two took on a project that needed some fundraising functionality. They built a simple proof of concept for their client, then moved on to other work.
Todd returned to his hometown in Lakeland, Florida and started Cipher Integrations. Cipher’s focus was on designing, installing and managing network services for area businesses. Even with a successful technology company, the desire to make a difference was still there. Todd served as a volunteer and board memberfor several nonprofit organizations.What he discovered while working with those nonprofits was that nonprofit organizations would benefit from a simple, efficient online giving platform. Having been involved with nonprofits at a donor, volunteer, and board leadership level, Todd saw an opportunity to take that small initial project, expand upon it, and fill a simple need at the time. Qgiv has been learning, listening to feedback, building, and “failing forward” ever since.
Todd and Peter knew the platform they wanted to build would need to encompass all the online giving needs of nonprofits, from accepting donations and event registrations to pledges and recurring gifts. Qgiv has since changed fundraising by offering a consolidated platform that helps organizations execute the hundreds, if not thousands, of fundraising use cases for one-time and sustaining donors.
Qgiv’s tools were designed to make it possible to seamlessly move those touchpoints and donations into a nonprofit’s donor management system. Todd and the rest of the Qgiv staff believe that this has not been done before in a way that supports the breadth of use cases nonprofits need, and they have focused on establishing the feature depth needed to deal with the many nuances of those use cases. Upcoming releases, features, and enhancements over the coming months and years all aim to address this need that they see.
The two founders knew that just creating the tools wasn’t enough. They also built a culture around service and giving back. Qgiv prides itself on exceptional customer service to its nonprofit customers, and many employees volunteer at local nonprofit events.
Today, Qgiv serves more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations and continues to develop new tools to benefit nonprofits. As more transactions take place online, it becomes increasingly important to make online giving a simple, efficient, and enjoyable process. As Everyday Philanthropists, Todd and the Qgiv Team make this possible.
Todd Baylis, Everyday Philanthropist & Founder of Qgiv, Lakeland, FL
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