BiddingOwl

Fundraising, auction, and payment management software

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BiddingOwl Overview

What is BiddingOwl?

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.

BiddingOwl Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

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


BiddingOwl Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom
Supported Languages
English

Media

BiddingOwl auction setup
BiddingOwl bid history
BiddingOwl bid sheets printing
BiddingOwl bidders management
BiddingOwl donors management
BiddingOwl items management
BiddingOwl sponsors management
BiddingOwl ticket information
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BiddingOwl Reviews

BiddingOwl Reviews

Overall rating
4,8
/
5
Excellent
74

Very good
21

Average
0

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,8
Features
4,6
Ease of Use
4,7
Customer Support
4,9
100% recommended this app
Aude S.

Amazing customer support for the most effective bidding site

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.


Jessi F.

A life saver in the middle of a pandemic!

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!


Lynne H.

A win-win for auction hosts and bidders!

Very positive! BiddingOwl.com is a solid auction platform with a dedicated support team behind it.


Aryn L.

Bidding Owl for our Organization

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.


Jamie R.

Absolutely fantastic for fundraising and the best customer service!

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


Aude S.
Industry: Fund-Raising
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Amazing customer support for the most effective bidding site

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/11/26
Review Source: Capterra

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

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Jessi F.
Industry: Primary/Secondary Education
Company size: 2-10 Employees

A life saver in the middle of a pandemic!

Used Other for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/06/08
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Lynne H.
Industry: Design
Company size: 2-10 Employees

A win-win for auction hosts and bidders!

Used Other for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/10/09
Review Source: Capterra

Very positive! BiddingOwl.com is a solid auction platform with a dedicated support team behind it.

Pros

Loved the ability to test it out, then convert it into my live online auction event. Easy setup with knowledgeable, responsive support when questions arose. Bidders can view items larger to see details and receive an email or text message if outbid.

Cons

I look forward to the new release coming soon. Hoping for more customization of fonts, colors and backgrounds. Also the ability to change the title of “Fund-a-Need and More” non-biddable items, easily reorder them, and see an improved user-friendly interface for checkout.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Aryn L.
Industry: Environmental Services
Company size: Self Employed

Bidding Owl for our Organization

Used Other for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/06/30
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Jamie R.
Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Absolutely fantastic for fundraising and the best customer service!

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/08/21
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9,4/10
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BiddingOwl Pricing

BiddingOwl Pricing

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

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

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

Value for Money
4,8/5
Based on 95 user ratings
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BiddingOwl Features

BiddingOwl Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Attendance Management
Automatic Notifications
Campaign Management
Communication Management
Contact Database
Contact Management
Credit Card Processing
Custom Fields
Customizable Branding
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Electronic Payments
Event Management
Registration Management
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Volunteer Management
Features
4,6/5
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Additional information for BiddingOwl

Additional information for BiddingOwl

Key features of BiddingOwl

  • Auction Management
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Event Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Social Media Integration
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Integration
  • Website Management

BiddingOwl FAQs

BiddingOwl FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for BiddingOwl.

Q. What type of pricing plans does BiddingOwl offer?

BiddingOwl offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

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

Q. What are the main features of BiddingOwl?

BiddingOwl offers the following features:

  • Auction Management
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Event Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Social Media Integration
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Integration
  • Website Management

Q. Who are the typical users of BiddingOwl?

BiddingOwl has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does BiddingOwl support?

BiddingOwl supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does BiddingOwl offer?

BiddingOwl has the following pricing plans:

Free, Subscription

Q. Does BiddingOwl support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices BiddingOwl supports

Q. What other apps does BiddingOwl integrate with?

BiddingOwl integrates with the following applications:

PayPal, VIA

Q. What level of support does BiddingOwl offer?

BiddingOwl offers the following support options:

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