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Bee University NYC is just getting up and running, but has already started saving by using Zeffy.

Case study

Bee University NYC a non-profit organization dedicated to working with urban communities through hands-on training in beekeeping, leadership, and environmental advocacy to activate green spaces through the practice of beekeeping and environmental stewardship. They’re just getting started with Zeffy, but have already integrated their Zeffy fundraising forms into the donation page of their website. (The fees Bee-U saved were calculated with a 5% average fee—platform and credit card transaction fees combined.)




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David Purkis


December 5, 2023



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The background: Starting small, but keeping busy.

Bee University NYC (Bee-U) started buzzing around (Sorry… We couldn’t help ourselves.) in 2021. By the end of their first year, they had 3 hives, over 10,000 bees and 50 community members helping out!

In 2022 Bee-U launched their Urban Beekeeping Fellowship. Specifically designed for 16-24 year olds to gain hands-on education from experienced beekeepers, the program ran 14-weeks and participants received small stipends for their participation.

The challenge: finding a fundraising platform that helped them raise more—not skim a percentage off the top.

Nonprofits will always need all the help they can get (volunteer and financial). But, they are most vulnerable while they’re starting out. Money is almost always tight. It’s hard to find volunteers because of their lack of awareness. And, even though they’re a nonprofit trying to do something good, it’s surprisingly hard to find tools that have been designed for them—especially ones that don’t charge any fees and that can accommodate and help your nonprofit’s growth.

The solution: A bee-utiful partnership between Bee-U and Zeffy.

No surprise here, but Bee-U’s solution was Zeffy. Why? Well, not only is Zeffy 100% free (and we always will be), but Bee-U loved that, yes we make giving easy with our simple and effective online donation forms, but we also have peer-to-peer forms, donor management solutions, event management and ticketing, eCommerce, memberships, raffles, and our Tap-to-Pay app that allows nonprofits to accept in person payments no credit card fees attached.

The results.

Well, we’ll let Tavion Williams from Bee-U do the talking for us:

Zeffy has been a wonderful platform to work with. It gets the job done and Zeffy doesn't negatively impact our financial situation. The last point was especially important since for the first year of us running programs, we had very limited income.

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