SEATTLE, Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Classy, a social enterprise that creates world-class online fundraising software for nonprofits, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Nonprofit Competency status. This designation recognizes that Classy provides proven technology and deep nonprofit expertise through its beautiful, flexible, and performance-driven software, which modernizes the giving experience to help organizations scale their impact.
Achieving AWS Nonprofit Competency status differentiates Classy as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that provides specialized, demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success, with a specific focus on its core suite of fundraising products—Classy Peer-to-Peer, Classy Crowdfunding, Classy Donations, Classy Events, and Classy Passport. To receive the designation, APN Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS.
"As Classy continues to serve more enterprise nonprofits and experience rapid growth, we're proud to achieve AWS Nonprofit Competency status," said Scot Chisholm, Classy CEO and Co-Founder. "We leverage over 30 AWS services to power the Classy platform, which in turn is trusted by more than 4,000 customers to raise vital funds. With our customers' missions at the forefront—especially as we approach Giving Tuesday and the year-end giving season—it's crucial that our team can leverage the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides."
AWS enables scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions for startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.
The AWS Nonprofit Competency status was announced at IMAGINE: A Better World, A Global Nonprofit Conference, hosted by AWS in Seattle, Washington. Joining the event's discussions around technology, innovation culture, and scaling impact, Classy's CEO and Co-Founder Scot Chisholm delivered a keynote to the audience, then took part in a fireside chat with Classy's CTO Mike Young and AWS' Head of Strategy, Nonprofit Member Organizations, Scott Jordan.
"In order to create sustainable revenue, nonprofits need to make a cultural and strategic investment to focus on donor retention and elevate the individual supporter experience," said Chisholm. "For many organizations, especially the ones that have been around the longest, this can be a challenging shift—so aligning with the right technology and thought partners to help drive that transformation can make all the difference."
"Part of working with a more nimble company is that it affects us—and that's what we want," said Piper LeJeune, Director of Digital Strategy and Engagement for The Salvation Army Southern Territory. "Classy's innovation will force ours. It becomes a very symbiotic relationship between us and Classy, and that's where the real gold happens."
Classy is a social enterprise that creates world-class online fundraising software for nonprofits, modernizing the giving experience to accelerate social impact around the world. Since 2011, fundraising on the Classy platform has doubled each year—resulting in thousands of nonprofits collectively raising over half a billion dollars. Based in San Diego, CA, Classy is trusted by organizations of all sizes, from the fastest-growing nonprofits like Team Rubicon and The Trevor Project, to some of the world's largest social organizations, such as Acumen, Robin Hood Foundation, and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Classy also hosts the annual Classy Awards to spotlight the innovative work nonprofits are implementing around the globe. Backed by prominent technology investors, including JMI Equity, Mithril, Salesforce Ventures, and Bullpen Capital, Classy has raised $53 million to-date in growth capital. For more information, visit www.classy.org or follow Classy on Twitter @Classy.