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Noelle’s Gift to Children makes the most of Zeffy’s free fundraising platform.

Case study

Noelle’s Gift to Children is committed to improving the lives of children in Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada. Every year they host a gala, a 5K run, and a raffle to raise funds and use Zeffy’s forms for almost all of them. (The fees Noelle’s Gift to Children saved were calculated with a 5% average fee—platform and credit card transaction fees combined.)




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David Purkis


November 3, 2023



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The background: From ticketing to peer-to-peer campaigns, Noelle’s Gift to Children is making the most of Zeffy’s fundraising platform.

Since 2013 Noelle’s Gift to Children has been improving the lives of children in the Lambton and Kent counties of Ontario, Canada. As one of the larger nonprofit organizations based in Sarnia, Ontario, Noelle’s Gift to Children does a lot of fundraising—the majority of which is accomplished during one of their three yearly events.

The challenge: Finding a free fundraising platform that’s actually free.

Like most nonprofits, Noelle’s Gift to Children wants as much of the money they raise to go towards their mission as possible. So, when they found Zeffy a few years ago they were well, surprised. We think Bryan Cowden, Noelle’s Gift to Children’s Run Convenor put it pretty succinctly:

I was shocked. For the features that you get, yeah I was shocked. Compared to other forms I’ve used, Zeffy is just amazing.

What Bryan was getting at, was that most online fundraising or ticketing platforms that claim to be free just aren’t. Their “free” versions either don’t include all of the features your nonprofit organization needs or your organization is still stuck paying platform and credit card transaction fees if donors choose not to cover those costs.

The solution: Zeffy’s 100% free fundraising platform for nonprofits.

No surprise here, but the solution Noelle’s Gift to Children found was—you guess it—Zeffy.

Noelle’s Gift to Children has embedded Zeffy’s fundraising forms on their website to make it easy for donors to give. They’ve found a creative solution to manage their volunteers. They use Zeffy’s peer-to-peer campaign solution for their yearly run. And, our ticketing and event management software for their yearly gala.

The only thing they don’t use Zeffy for: their yearly car raffle. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario regulates which online platforms can legally be used to sell raffle tickets, and Zeffy isn’t on there just yet! But, we can happily help you with almost every other aspect of your raffle.

The results: Noelle’s Gift to Children has saved a lot by using Zeffy.

Zeffy is pretty straightforward. Whatever I needed to do, I found that I could do it with Zeffy.
- Bryan

The results speak for themselves. Noelle’s gift to children has saved over $16,000 in platform and transaction fees. (We know, it adds up fast!) From simple, easy-to-fill-out forms to donor management (sending emails, etc.) to volunteer coordination, Noelle’s Gift to Children really does make the most of the features Zeffy offers.

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