Outspoken nonprofit advocate. Explored 30+ countries, worked with hundreds of nonprofits, and now helping bridge the gaps between technology and humanity.
Co-founder & CEO
Jay R Bolton
Co-founder & CTO
A former EMT, film crew grip, and classics major, he found his passion in coding and computer science.
Coder and designer by day and illustrator by night. Grew up in Japan and studied art in Baltimore and web development in SF. Father of twin toddler boys.
Director of Support and Nonprofit Advocacy
Writer and techie putting 10+ years of nonprofit experience to good use. Passionate about amazing literature and amazingly bad music.
Business Development & Partner Relations
Ardent proponent of civic justice. Professional sailor and mountaineer. Ironman, too. Mark loves good conversation, good food, and terrible jokes.
A backend developer and data scientist exploring artificial intelligence and computer vision. A Dj by alter ego, he is passionate about electronic music.
Entrepreneur & Investor
Founder & a Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Blowing Up Startups since 2010
Co-Founder & Founding President & former CEO of Network for Good
Let's make your organization more sustainable
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How old is CommitChange and how many nonprofits do you serve?
CommitChange began building and deploying software for nonprofits in 2013 and was initially founded in Olympia, Washington. Although the beginnings were very humble, today the CommitChange fundraising platform serves hundreds of charitable and social venture organizations throughout the United States and is growing rapidly. The biggest milestones were launching the first improved donation form, receiving seed capital investments, finishing the front-end fundraising system, and most recently launching an overhauled donor management system that includes a highly integrated database.
What is the long-term objective of the organization?
Developing fundraising and donor-enrichment software for nonprofits is the primary objective of CommitChange, but education and advocacy are also critical in order to amplify the impact of social impact causes. This work will involve continuing to test and improve existing fundraising features while also interfacing with nonprofit leaders to identify and address pressing needs and gaps. Additionally, our team will expand educational programs to help development and other leadership staff make smart decisions about software and technology.
How does the business model differ from other platforms?
Unlike most nonprofit fundraising platforms, CommitChange does not monetize by taking a cut (percentage) of donations. Instead, service is available for a low monthly subscription fee that includes the software itself plus customer service. We believe this is a more ethical business model, because rather than scaling our revenues up infinitely and penalizing organizations for their success, CommitChange charges a fair and predictable fee for software that is already built. Our costs do not significantly increase with transaction volume, so it doesn’t make sense to charge additional fees based on arbitrary volume. Our objective is not to squeeze every penny out of organizations -- we want sustainability.
Why are A-class investors supporting CommitChange?
Our platform is highly disruptive in the antiquated, and surprisingly large, nonprofit software and fundraising market. The early success of CommitChange indicated to investors that it’s possible to disrupt the fundraising technology industry through improved services and more ethical business structure. It also helps to have a charming team!
Longer term, the CommitChange platform is focused heavily on relationship and data management. Starting in 2017, you’ll begin to see some very sci-fi technology emerging from the platform to help nonprofits with their donor management and fundraising efforts.