GivePulse was founded in Austin, TX
groups bringing millions of people of all walks of life together to make positive social change
verified impacts mapped across North & Central America
Enabling everyone to engage, organize and understand the impact of positive social change. It takes one person to build a movement that can change the world. Our mission is to enable everyone in the world to participate and engage in lifting their community to new heights. We do so by providing a platform to list, find, organize and measure the impact of service-learning, community engagement, philanthropy and volunteerism in the community.
"Turning Care into Action"
Investing in our community and taking a stand. Join our team and movement!
Without you, our story doesn't get told. We've come a long way, and there's a lot of growth ahead of us. Get information about who we are, and where we're headed. Follow us on social media, the following is some old news when we first started.See our media resources
Kxan: City of Austin enters partnership with GivePulse...
Sunday Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced the City of Austin’s new partnership with the Austin Group GivePulse. With this partnership, citizens of Austin are able to find different groups... more
Albuquerque Journal: Austin leftovers recycled to feed the hungry
Managing volunteers through the Austin-based website GivePulse, the organization has become much more efficient in getting food picked up and delivered... more
The Whitehouse: Technology-Enabled Volunteers Ending Hunger and Food Waste in Austin
George Luc is being honored as a Champion of Change for applying his tech skills for civic good... more
"Activating and Engaging Communities"
Although we were officially founded in 2012, George likes to think that the idea of GivePulse dates back to his childhood. He has a story about weed (the crabgrass kind), working with people with disabilities, the Virginia Tech Massacre and many more defined him as an individual. His first small nonprofit helped high schools fix random technology problems. Through these experiences he came to identify a formula: 30min + $30 = College Education. Specifically, if he and his friends were able to donate 30 minutes to volunteer and install a $30 router, it would provide wifi access to impoverished neighborhoods with children looking to apply and learn more about college.
This formula set in motion a determination to address digital access, and quickly evolved into a platform to scale volunteerism and service-learning.
In 2012, George Luc set out to build a platform. Together with his CTO and co-founder, James McGirr, GivePulse was born, a civic network matching people in our community with causes they care about while enabling easy organization, management and mobilization of volunteers and supporters.
From day one our mission has been to solve tough social problems through the use of technology. Keeping true to that original mission, today our civic engagement platform supports thousands of nonprofits, associations, institutions, businesses and organizations.
Chief Civic Evangelist
A community activist, technologist, user experience and design professional. George has a BS and MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Human Computer Interaction. He spent much of his early career developing technology for people with disabilities and has worked with companies like Daylert, IBM, ESO Solutions and HomeAway. He serves as a board member of City of Austin Volunteer & Service, Austin Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau, KLRU (Local PBS) Advisory Board, Open Door Preschool, and was a City Commissioner for Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. George is a TEDxAustin speaker, SXSW Dewey Honoree, and he and GivePulse have recently been honored for their work as White House Champions for Change.
Chief Civic Hacker
A community volunteer and technologist. He has a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and studied Computer Science in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. James co-founded the startup Flocasts which is a social network and portal for sports, including Track and Field, Wrestling, Swimming, and Gymnastics. After Flocasts, James joined Epicom, a leading CRM consulting, development and integration firm where he spent three years before joining GivePulse.
"Collaborating on Wicked Challenges"
One of our taskforce meetings focused on the COVID emergency response. Learn more here!
Some of our features
Centralize management of active and inactive memberships, determine who is pending, restrict access to certain individuals and groups, track their lifetime engagement with your cause
Collect metrics and data on goals
Collaborate with community partners, approve and edit submitted projects, applications, internships, grants, events and experiences. At the same time, analyze all the data collected and partner with us to help make sense of your data so we can move the needle together
Curate and List all Events & Opportunities
Philanthropy & Giving
Organize all philanthropy and giving efforts in one place. Be it matching donations, grant making or giving days, leverage the capabilities to coordinate, and activate engagement of donors, volunteers, partners and your community
Manage Impacts & Outcomes
Allow individuals and groups in one place to track their collective impact, activities, reflections and engagement with the community. At the same time providing organizations a central location to verify, report, understand their impact to the community and to agilely improve
Mobile Experience for Admins & End Users
Mobile friendly, and a downloadable app in the appstores (supporting both iOS on iTunes and Android on Google Play). Allows admins to manage and communicate with members and volunteers. And allows volunteers and members to browse and track their engagement
Communication & Messaging Platform
Communicate with your members, donors, volunteers and advocates. Message specific individuals, groups in a specific a shift, event or a program. You can email, send them SMS text message or communicate within our mobile download iOS or Android app
Assessment, Survey & Custom fields
Ask Pre and Post Questions and Surveys, collect t-shirt size, food requirements, phone numbers and any additional surveys for your events, opportunities and programs
We have different pricing options available for any type of group. Here are our prices for nonprofits: Get more information about our subscriptions for Events, K-12, Higher Education, Cities and Enterprises on our Pricing page.
Virtual and Remote Volunteering Best Practices - GivePulse Blog
As COVID-19 continues to severely affect our communities, all forms of engagement are more important than ever. We are so thankful to the volunteers, doctors, and nurses risking their lives on the frontlines, and are honored to help support teams in drive-thru testing, call centers, and contact tracing. We are dedicated to supporting continued community engagement in light of rapidly changing protocols regarding shelter-in-place and physical distancing. With that in mind, read on for our compilation of virtual and remote volunteering best practices.Read More
United We Stand (6ft+ Apart): Best Practices for a Safe Reopening - GivePulse Blog
As of May 20, all fifty states have begun the process of a safe reopening. Your institution, organization, or office might be considering what this means for the upcoming months. While some will opt to continue working, learning, and engaging remotely, others will decide to return to in-person activity in some capacity. For those who choose to reopen common spaces or return to some form of in-person engagement, it is crucial to implement thorough safety measures.Read More