BiddingOwl.com

Fundraising, auction, and payment management software

About BiddingOwl.com

BiddingOwl is an open-source fundraising software, which helps organizations design personalized websites with custom logos, colors, themes, images, and event information to run and manage online auctions. The platform lets administrators sell raffle tickets, print bid sheets, and catalogs, preview auction items, promote sponsors, and accept online donations.

BiddingOwl allows bidders to participate in auctions using mobile devices, record silent, and live auction bids, and receive notifications for wins or outbids. It offers a host of features such as bidders’ community, checkout management, online recording, in-room bidding, volunteer tracking, gift certificates printing, and more. Nonprofits can also manage information related to donors, items, and solicitors and accept payments via credit and debit cards, cash, check, or other modes.

BiddingOwl allows users to monitor charity auctions and view donors and solicitors’ contributions through real-time reports. It also offers integrated PayPal service, which allows organizations to accept instant payments and print invoices or receipts.

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Features

Total features of BiddingOwl.com: 52

  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Auction Management
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Buy Now Option
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Contribution Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Custom Development
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Categories
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customization
  • Donation Tracking
  • Donor Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Event Management
  • Event Ticketing
  • Gift Card Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Live Auction
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Mobile Giving
  • Online Auction
  • Online Bidding
  • Online Catalog
  • Payment Processing
  • Payments Disbursement
  • Print Management
  • Product Catalog
  • Promotions Management
  • Proxy Bidding
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reverse Bidding
  • Shipping Management
  • Silent Auction
  • Social Media Integration
  • Third Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Integration
  • Website Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,8 /5
(96)
Value for Money
4,8/5
Features
4,6/5
Ease of Use
4,7/5
Customer Support
4,9/5

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Aude S.
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  • Industry: Fund-Raising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Other for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Amazing customer support for the most effective bidding site

Reviewed on 2018/11/26

I have used BiddingOwl.com for 2 separate school fair auctions (2017, 2018) and i'm about to use it...

I have used BiddingOwl.com for 2 separate school fair auctions (2017, 2018) and i'm about to use it again in May 2019 for an other association.
As I use Bidding Owl for fundraising and volunteering activities, I would love to see the 5% decreased for non-for-profit activities, however, BiddingOwl.com has been the most effective, helpful, bidder friendly online auction site I have ever used.
The auction set up is easy enough but it's the bidding side which is the highlight and main benefit as the bidders are the most important part of the auction.
The support is exceptional, diligent and prompt.
I would definitely recommend BiddingOwl.com to any enterprises looking for a auction site.

Pros

Ease of sharing website with bidders and user friendly bidding
Great advertising inserts for donors
Extremely helpful customer support

Cons

Cheaper fees
Website creation and pulling out can be labor intense
Bids sheets and certificates templates could be a little fancier

Jamie R.
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Absolutely fantastic for fundraising and the best customer service!

Reviewed on 2020/08/21

Their price point for non-profits can not be beat! Personal one-on-one service and a great piece of...

Their price point for non-profits can not be beat! Personal one-on-one service and a great piece of software.

Pros

Bidding Owl has revolutionized the way that our non-profit organization is able to fundraise! Previously we were only able to reach people at in-person events and with the ease of use, registration process, and ease of sharing to the world, we have raised 20 times as much money. It's really astounding. The best part has truly been the customer service! Very helpful to walk through all the set-up steps to ensure we had everything correct before launching. Plus they've also been really quick to help me and my bidders when we needed help. Will absolutely use again and planning on using it for another non-profit that I volunteer with. A+++++

Cons

Would be great if the short url code worked on social media, much easier to market and have others share. Not a huge deal, though.

Aryn L.
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  • Industry: Environmental Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Other for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Bidding Owl for our Organization

Reviewed on 2020/06/30

Overall it was a great resource for our stopgap online auction. It was quick and easy to set-up,...

Overall it was a great resource for our stopgap online auction. It was quick and easy to set-up, and you can't beat the fees, especially for a small nonprofit and small auction. We would consider using the software again, however if we were putting on a larger and more complicated online auction, we might consider a more sophisticated and intuitive system.

Pros

I like how it is a simple platform that allows you to get an auction up and running very quickly. I found most of the set-up intuitive, although there were a few things that required some trial and error.

Cons

A lot of individuals looking to bid on items had trouble figuring out how to do so. We had to create our own instructions and instructional videos to add to our home page to guide users through the process. I wish there were instructional videos front and center on each auction welcome page, so we didn't have to create that and guide people how to use the site. Also, the information on how to bid using increments was difficult for people. I wish the minimum increment information was more easily identifiable with instructions on how to bid on each item listing, or that the system automatically suggested the next applicable bid amount based on the increments in the bid field.

Syifa M.
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Other for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Very Recommended Auction Software

Reviewed on 2020/12/21

The thing that I love about BiddingOwl is they have a very supportive team, as an NGO sometimes it...

The thing that I love about BiddingOwl is they have a very supportive team, as an NGO sometimes it is hard for us to pay the fee, but they're patiently waiting for us!

Pros

My organization has been using BiddingOwl for more than 3 years, we loved it! It easy to use as the administrator and as the user.

Cons

I think it would be great if BiddingOwl can provide the "clicks statistic" in the future so we can identify how many clicks on some particular item without really bidding on it.

Response from BiddingOwl.com

Hi Syifa,

We wanted to let you know that you are able to view the number of views/clicks per item from your Item Export report, column Q. We hope this helps!

Jessi F.
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  • Industry: Primary/Secondary Education
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Other for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A life saver in the middle of a pandemic!

Reviewed on 2020/06/08

We will definitely be using Bidding Owl again and recommending it to other non profits in similar...

We will definitely be using Bidding Owl again and recommending it to other non profits in similar situations like us. Now that we know how wonderful online auctions are we’ll never go back to paper!

Pros

Our school has had silent auctions in the past,
but never an online one. When the Covid19 pandemic sent everyone into quarantine our school scrambled to find an alternative spring auction we had already started planning. Bidding Owl’s software made it so easy to set up, edit, and promote before the auction started. While our 3 day auction took place we received a lot of feedback from our school’s families on how easy they felt it was use and how professional everything looked. Post auction we have made more money than any of other other auctions in the past and the checkout process has been simple and straightforward. I can’t wait to do another one!

Cons

I wish that it would show the opening bid before users had to click on the item to see its details. It would also be nice to have the option of more than 3 photos on some items.

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BiddingOwl.com offers the following pricing plans:

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  • Pricing model: One Time License, Free
  • Free Trial: Available

BiddingOwl is available for free with a 5% fee on highest bids in online fundraising auctions.

We do not have any information about BiddingOwl.com features

BiddingOwl.com has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

We do not have any information about what languages BiddingOwl.com supports

BiddingOwl.com supports the following devices:

BiddingOwl.com integrates with the following applications:

PayPal, VIA

BiddingOwl.com offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep)

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