OneCause

OneCause

Fundraising auction & event management software

4.7/5 (108 reviews)

OneCause Overview

BidPal is a fundraising auction and event management platform with which enterprises can manage auctions, events, online donations and ticketing. Users can also manage item procurement and tracking, payments and receipts as well as guest registrations.

BidPal aims to simplify the planning of fundraising auctions and events by enabling users to manage auction item packaging, gift certificates and acknowledgements and, further, track donor contributions, ticket purchases and seating requests. BidPal also aspires to streamline the registration process by offering an express auction checkout option. Besides event planning, BidPal provides users with the tools to engage donors and promote events. To enhance auction engagement and promotion, users can create microsites, provide sponsors with additional online exposure and project real-time silent auction bids via scoreboards. Moreover, users can encourage donors to bid using the BidPal native mobile application on iOS and Android as it affords donors the flexibility to bid anytime, anywhere.

BidPal includes reporting and analytics technology to help users convert collected event data into actionable items. Users can generate reports to assess items such as bidder activity, proceeds by category or payment history. BidPal also integrates with SmartPay Anywhere, BidPal’s own payment processing, registration and checkout software. With SmartPay integration, guests can receive invoices instantly and users can process ticket sales, auction items, fixed price merchandise and donations easily at all times.

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Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

OneCause Reviews

Overall rating
4.7/5
96% positive reviews
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Caleb R.

An Honest Review from a First Year Advancement Coordinator

Reviewed on 2017/01/05
Review Source: Capterra

As a first year Advancement Coordinator at a private school, I was given the task to produce a live and silent auction to raise funds for my campus. I was told to check out BidPal and I'm glad that I did. The software system was relatively user-friendly with many helpful features. These features were readily available on each category page on my BidPal account. Also, the call help desk feature was great too.

Creating our BidPal giving center, which is your school's own website, was easy and important to our event. I could post all the auction items and share the link on Facebook, Twitter, email, and our school website. Using the mobile app for the night of the auction was amazing. Our guests had only the best compliments on how easy it was to bid on each item we had available.

One of the only complaints that I have about one of the features was the scoreboard feature. The scoreboard is a slide show feature that displays the running numbers of the auction, currently raised funds for the silent auction, and donations. I wish there was a better way to control the scoreboard feature to better display the live auction items in the order we would want it to be displayed. Outside of that, it was a great feature.

Overall, BidPal saved us many long hours by using its software features for our live and silent auction. During the night of our event, our guests were having so much fun with the mobile app that they began to give more than what was expected. At the end of the night, we raised close to double the amount we were expecting.

BidPal is worth the investment because it has proven to me that it will save you time and increase your revenue for your event. I would highly recommend BidPal to Advancement Coordinators, PFT presidents, administrators, or anyone that has to produce a school auction. You won't regret it.

Response from BidPal

Caleb,

Thank you for your review!

Your feedback on our scoreboards has been forwarded to our Product Development Team, who is always looking for ways to further enhance our software. We appreciate your comment, value our partnership with your team and encourage you to continue sharing your thoughtful suggestions via our Idea Exchange at bidpal.com/share-an-idea.

Congrats on a successful event!

Best,

Joshua Meyer
Marketing Director

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
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Marianne J.

We use OneCause for our silent auctions and each one has been a success due to OneCause!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/06/07
Review Source: Capterra

We get benefits from OneCause of making our silent auctions more accessible and look great!

Pros

I love the customization and features of OneCause that make each event feel personalized. We love being able to add our auction sponsor logo on the Giving Center along with pictures for the event and change colors on the site itself. When entering itmes/packages the features make it easy to enter and package together.

Cons

You can't have multiple events open in a window at the same time. If you are reusing descriptions/features/wording from one event to another event it's hard. We have multiple auctions and like to keep wording consistent for check out/text messages/ specific recurring items.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Penne H.

Unbelievable support - like having three more employees pitching in.

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/09/11
Review Source: Capterra

The time saved with the OneCause product is really like having extra employees/volunteers. Can't imagine doing it without them.

Pros

The software did everything we needed it to and more - from selling tickets and foursomes to silent auction and day-of fixed price items...simple to implement and a nice customer facing mobile app. But what really makes the product different is the incredible support you get from their team. Regular check-in's and calls - by the time our event rolled around, they knew more about it than I did. Although it was my first year running the multi-day events, I felt extremely comfortable and confident due to the support I received from OneCause.

Cons

I have only one complaint, and that is that there's not great-looking templates for the landing pages, and when we built our own, it was kind of a process in that it has to be stored on a website rather than uploading to OneCause. I believe they're working on improving that.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Tammy B.

I've used it for 5 years now and appreciate the many facets of the software, esp. the reports.

Reviewed on 2016/03/22
Review Source: Capterra

While I appreciate BidPal very much and see how it's benefited our organization through the years, I still think the cost is much too high considering the high cost of the add-ons. The auction listings are still far too limiting. I've submitted various ideas through the years, but none have been brought to fruition. There should be the ability to be able to modify the appearance of the font, so that certain words stand out to the bidder. Bold, underline, italics are basic things that should easily be able to be accommodated, not to mention color. When many events are held in the evening when cocktails are being served, the improvement of the fonts would help to alleviate many words in a description (that our PRIZE DONORS want to see) running together and not being fully comprehended.

The second thing that needs some upgrading is the auction portal that the bidders see. While it is easy to add a banner and colors to spruce things up, it is too wordy and there are too many choices which can be confusing for first time bidders. I think that it inhibits pre-bidding for that reason and guests have to wait to get to the event to feel comfortable in being trained.

The pros are equal in that the reporting capability and payment/supporters area is very helpful and well laid out. Of immense value!

Response from BidPal

Tammy, we appreciate the feedback!

BidPal is proud to offer several Mobile Bidding and Fundraising Software packages at varying price points to meet the budget of any nonprofit. Our Full Service Mobile Bidding pricing options are among the industry's lowest.

Your additional feedback has been forwarded along to our development team who is always looking for ways to further enhance our product. We encourage you to continue sharing your thoughtful suggestions via our idea exchange at bidpal.com/share-an-idea/

Best,

Joshua Meyer
Marketing Director

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Good Option for Mobile Bidding

Used Other for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/03/05
Review Source: Capterra

It was a good initial foray into mobile bidding for the silent auction at our fundraiser, but we did not use them again the next year. We found another option that was more user friendly and was able to avoid the glitches that we had experienced with BidPal. I will say again - their customer service was excellent and I have not used them since they became OneCause.

Pros

The move to mobile bidding was a big deal for our annual fundraising event. BidPal (now OneCause) fit the bill at the time. The rep was fantastic and the customer services is excellent. The app was not hard to use, but has its drawbacks. I used this in late 2017, so things may have changed or improved since then. Our guests did like the change to mobile bidding even with the hiccups.

Cons

We ran into some glitches at the event. Live auction items appeared in the app for bidding when they were supposed to remain separate. This issue was fixed quickly. If a winning bidder changed their mind, the item automatically reverted to the next highest bidder and charged their card. Caused me a few problems after the event, but their customer service was excellent and helped me through the issues.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

OneCause Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

BidPal offers tiered pricing, dependent on the number of events.

For accurate price information, contact BidPal directly.

OneCause Features

  • Activity Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Electronic Payments
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Real Time Data
  • Reporting & Statistics

  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Automatic Reminders
  • Calendar Management
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Storage
  • Invoice Management
  • Quote Management
  • Search Functionality
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for OneCause

Key features of OneCause

  • Accounting reconciliation
  • Action management
  • Activity management
  • Activity tracking
  • Assignment management
  • Bid management
  • Bidder management
  • Billing & invoicing
  • Campaign planning
  • Collections management
  • Electronic payments
  • Event tracking
  • Inventory control
  • Inventory management
  • Inventory tracking
  • Live auction
  • Mobile alerts
  • Mobile donations
  • Online auction
  • Online bidding
  • Package tracking
  • Planning tools
  • Procurement management
  • Progress reports
  • Progress tracking
  • Proxy bidding
  • Real time analytics
  • Real time data
  • Real time monitoring
  • Real time notifications
  • Real time reporting
  • Real time updates
  • Receipt management
  • Recurring tasks
  • Registration management
  • Reporting & statistics
  • Silent auction
  • Social advertising
  • Summary reports
  • Task planning
  • Task tracking
  • Ticket management
  • Tracking features
  • Watch list

Benefits

  • BidPal is available as a native mobile app on iOS and Android, providing donors with the flexibility to bid on their mobile at any time from anywhere.

  • BidPal offers comprehensive reports and analytics, enabling users to convert auction and event data into actionable information.

  • Users can initiate a Text2Give service, permitting donors to donate quickly and simply via text message.

  • BidPal integrates with SmartPay Anywhere, allowing users to process tickets sales, auction items and donations easily.

  • BidPal incorporates customizable scoreboards, offering event attendees real-time status updates on current bids.

  • OneCause FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for OneCause.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does OneCause offer?

    OneCause offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    BidPal offers tiered pricing, dependent on the number of events.

    For accurate price information, contact BidPal directly.

    Q. What are the main features of OneCause?

    OneCause offers the following features:

    • Accounting reconciliation
    • Action management
    • Activity management
    • Activity tracking
    • Assignment management
    • Bid management
    • Bidder management
    • Billing & invoicing
    • Campaign planning
    • Collections management
    • Electronic payments
    • Event tracking
    • Inventory control
    • Inventory management
    • Inventory tracking
    • Live auction
    • Mobile alerts
    • Mobile donations
    • Online auction
    • Online bidding
    • Package tracking
    • Planning tools
    • Procurement management
    • Progress reports
    • Progress tracking
    • Proxy bidding
    • Real time analytics
    • Real time data
    • Real time monitoring
    • Real time notifications
    • Real time reporting
    • Real time updates
    • Receipt management
    • Recurring tasks
    • Registration management
    • Reporting & statistics
    • Silent auction
    • Social advertising
    • Summary reports
    • Task planning
    • Task tracking
    • Ticket management
    • Tracking features
    • Watch list

    Q. Who are the typical users of OneCause?

    OneCause has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business

    Q. What languages does OneCause support?

    OneCause supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does OneCause offer?

    OneCause has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does OneCause support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices OneCause supports

    Q. What other apps does OneCause integrate with?

    We do not have any information about what integrations OneCause has

    Q. What level of support does OneCause offer?

    OneCause offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials