The Amazon toolset has helped us grow our website painlessly and given us little to worry about in the way of reliability, dynamic load balancing, or involvement in the hosting ourselves. AWS has given GivenGain an invaluable opportunity to focus on its application; the ultimate prize for an online entity that lives and dies by its innovation and service.
Laurent Peretti-Poix Chief Technology Officer

GivenGain is a global leader in cloud-based activism and is based in Switzerland. It was founded in 2001 on the basis of a simple idea: “to enable global philanthropy by empowering individuals and nonprofits to break down the barriers between and within ourselves.” GivenGain is known for helping individuals raise money for their favorite causes and helping charities and nonprofits build strong and sustainable funding models.

  • After nine years of continuous growth, GivenGain’s initial web hosting solution presented reliability issues, and its web server and database were reaching the upper limits of their capacity to sustain the load.
  • The organization needed the ability to increase capacity in high-load situations and reduce it in periods of decreased load.
  • As a nonprofit, cost was a crucial consideration.
  • Achieves 99.99 percent availability, which increases the satisfaction level of the nonprofits it supports.
  • Lowered costs by more than 50 percent, and then again by 40 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year with the use of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Reserved Instances.
  • Efficiency and ease of use: Easy-to-change instance types, as dictated by usage evolution.
  • Achieves 99.99 percent durability through different geographical locations and availability zones.
  • Allowed the small team to focus almost 100 percent on developing the app.

To learn more about how AWS can help nonprofits, visit our Nonprofit Organizations details page.