Fondi’s technology serves as an all-in-one virtual events platform and was built to enable fundraising teams to increase revenue, engagement and retention, according to the company.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Nonprofits always raise money by gathering supporters in person. During the pandemic, they couldn’t do that anymore and needed to do it virtually,” Himes said. “What they realized is how many advantages there were to having a virtual or hybrid technology - the engagement is larger and the technical ability might be even better for those that are attending, because they can paddle raise with their phone and participate in an auction with their phone, for example.”
Monitoring Fundraising Progress In Real Time
Through the Classy Live platform, nonprofits will be able to host their day-of virtual and hybrid events as well as drive attendee engagement and encourage fundraising and donation activity. It will provide a texting and email messaging option before, during and after events; silent auctions and mobile bidding; polls and more. All of these services will be synced with a nonprofit’s Classy fundraising campaign, so attendees are able to see fundraising progress in real time.
Classy acquired Fondi’s technology from Lennd, an event operations portal that simplifies operations and logistics for events teams, less than six months after its $118 million Series D funding round.
With the Series D funds, Classy planned to invest in customer-forward product development and acquire technology that complements its existing platform, said Himes.
“I could not be more excited for all the possibilities that come with joining the Classy team and launching Classy Live,” said Parolin. “Having built my career in both the nonprofit and SaaS world, coming to Classy feels like a culmination of all the work I’ve done over the years. I know the impact Classy live will have for our nonprofit customers, especially as hybrid events become even more of the norm moving forward.”
Crypto Donations Next
In October, Classy launched a new digital payment integration with PayPal and Venmo, which will enable nonprofits to receive online donations through both payment methods, said Himes.
In the next few months, the company hopes to integrate a crypto donation option, he said, adding that he meets with start-ups almost weekly in search of the newest innovative technology.
CEO: Chris Himes
HEADQUARTERS: Gaslamp Quarter
BUSINESS: A platform that helps nonprofits to connect supporters with causes.
NOTABLE: The Fondi deal marks Classy’s first acquisition.