How We Do It: The Seemingly Impossible Challenge of Building Software as a Charity

Why It Matters

More than 20,000 charities in Canada rely on the technology CanadaHelps has created. But building software is expensive, and difficult to do on the budget available to a charitable organization. How do they do it?

“How do you finance all this?!” This being all the fundraising software we build for charities. The question was asked at a recent Charity Town Hall we hosted in Ottawa by one of our charity partners. He had come from an IT background and knew a thing or two about software development. At the same time, he knew that CanadaHelps is a charity. It was a great question.

We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and we are all so proud of all we have achieved. Our charitable mission is to make good fundraising technology accessible to all charities — particularly for smaller charities — and over the last six years we have launched three major fundraising platforms for charities (Customizable Donation Forms, Peer-to-Peer, and Ticketed Events), and fully re-launched our website for donors. Today, more than 20,000 charities in Canada rely on the technology we

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