In 2019, fundraiser enablement tools, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and Gravyty, received impressive and humbling recognition from top podcasts and national publications. With so much to celebrate this year, we've compiled this roundup of the best from the year gone by, in no particular order.
Gravyty was featured with some of our great friends and customers, including Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and The College of Charleston, in Nicole Wallace's cover story for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, entitled "A.I. is Ready for Fundraising. Are Fundraisers Ready for A.I.?"
Shortly after Nicole's story appeared, Chronicle of Philanthropy Editor, Stacy Palmer wrote about the piece:
"Nicole's story about early adopters of artificial intelligence — and the potential the technology holds — is important reading for everyone who cares about making fundraising more efficient and who wants a basic primer on what's possible."
The article focuses on the workforce-enhancing benefits that artificial intelligence has on fundraisers who use the technology to focus more time on developing new donor leads and expanding their ability to build and cultivate relationships by automating tasks once performed by a physical workforce.
Wayne Elsey brought Gravyty to the top of his list of "Artificial Intelligence Tools Your Nonprofit Must Explore–Now" in his NonProfit Pro article. Here’s what Elsey had to say about the promise of AI for nonprofit organizations:“Nonprofits, even the small ones with limited resources, can use AI to analyze their data and help fundraisers achieve greater fundraising success. AI can spot trends, giving patterns and make specific asks targeted to individual donors that, until the modern era, was done by segmentation and couldn't go as deep or broad as with AI... With the massive abilities of AI, there are several tools on the market that fundraisers can look toward to help them take fundraising to a level that has never existed before the digital age....”
Along with our wonderful friend and customer, David McClain, Executive Director of Development at Arkansas State University, Gravyty was featured on the Nonprofit Innovators in AI Podcast. The podcast is a weekly update for nonprofit professionals who are driving innovation using artificial intelligence (AI) and those looking for ideas and inspirations to make it happen.
Hosts Jeff Patrick and Taylor Shanklin spoke with David about his use of Gravyty and how AI and our fundraiser enablement tools help him inspire donors and prospects with personal, one-to-one outreach, at scale. They also sat down with our Co-founder and CEO, Adam Martel to learn about our approach to AI, our three-screen principle, and how fundraisers double and triple their working capacity with our tools.
Alongside great friend and partner Arjun Dugal, CTO of Capital One Financial Services, Gravyty co-founder and CEO Adam Martel presented to a packed house at Reimagine Communities, powered by Capital One FUTURE EDGE: a summit for nonprofit organizations, corporate leaders, community leaders, and public officials.
Adam and Arjun spoke during the session “AI and ML Is The New Normal” with Jon Gottfried of Major League Hacking, Cristiano Oliveira of Olivia.ai, and Vikas Chowdhry of PCCI. Their focus was how private companies and nonprofits have expanded their capacity and capability to build intelligent business systems powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Elisa Shoenberger talked about reshaping the philanthropic industry with technology and points out how AI can impact a number of different parts of the fundraising process from donor prospecting to facilitating outreach emails in her Inside Philanthropy article. See why she believes that AI empowers fundraisers and other operators, rather than replacing them.
AI at Work is a weekly podcast that looks at AI trends and the future of AI in the enterprise. It's one of the most respected AI podcasts focusing on real business solutions. In 2019, Gravyty CEO, Adam Martel, joined host Rob May to tell the story behind AI for advancement and how Gravyty is changing what’s possible in fundraising.
Gravyty CTO, Rich Palmer, was named to the Boston Business Journal 2019 40 Under 40 List.
The list profiles an impressive group of leaders making an impact on Massachusetts' industries. The group is made up of doctors, young executives, entrepreneurs, and innovative nonprofit and civic leaders.
As the first and leading artificial intelligence company focused solely on social good, Gravyty was honored by Rich's inclusion in this list. Rich is driven by applying technology in ways that improve our world for the better. The tools he’s created have been proven to help organizations raise more revenue for their causes without hiring more staff, to predict potential donors, and to change the behaviors of frontline fundraisers to increase efficiency. Congratulations, Rich!
Our great friends and partners at Westmont College invited Gravyty CEO Adam Martel to speak with Salesforce VP of Innovation, Phil Komarny, Fielding Graduate University's Monique Snowden and others to present at the institution's Enabling Impact 2019 event. The group focused on furthering the reach of higher education.
During the discussion, the importance of the ethics that surround artificial intelligence (AI) took center stage. Along with amazing insights from our friends and panelists, Martel took the opportunity to explain how this very discussion drove the creation of the AI in Advancement Advisory Council, or the AAAC.
Gravyty CTO, Rich Palmer, was featured on General Assembly Boston's panel Artificial Intelligence For Good.
The goal of the panel was to examine the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in innovation, creativity, and advancement, and how this technology is being harnessed for a better tomorrow. Palmer touched on the ethical dimension of machine learning and the standards to which we hold software vs. the humans that made it.
Along with our great friend and partner, Reed Sheard, Vice President for College Advancement and Chief Information Officer, at Westmont College, and others, Gravyty CEO recently shared the stage at a MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast event, "Doing Good: The Role of AI in Nonprofit Fundraising."
The speakers, who also included Don Patterson, Professor of Computer Science at Westmont College and Charles Schults, CEO of Crescendo Interactive, spoke about the critical need for technology, specifically artificial intelligence (AI) to even the playing field for nonprofit organizations.
As the panelists explained, it is estimated nonprofit organizations nationally contribute 5.3 percent to the national GDP, employ more than 15,000,000, and serve countless people in the United States and around the world. In Santa Barbara county alone, where the panel was held, 1,300 nonprofit organizations provide resources and a wide variety of services to every sector of society. Nonprofit organizations are a critical partner in helping ensure every community cares for all of it citizens and is working to build a better future.
Gravyty CEO, Adam Martel, gave the plenary keynote address at AFPMA’s Fundraising Day in Boston. His address was about the importance of innovation in the nonprofit sector, discussing how and why AI empowers us to transform what we previously thought was impossible.
His entire speech can be viewed here.
These were just some of Gravyty & AI's "hits" in 2019. Here's to even more "hits" in 2020! To learn more about AI and tools that support the development of a culture of philanthropy in ways never before thought possible, contact us here!