Salsa Labs v. Luminate Online

Fundraising Software Comparison

Salsa is easier to use and more cost effective too

Blackbaud’s Luminate Online caters to enterprise nonprofits who have in house design and development teams who can manage and configure the software. Customization is required as is a significant financial investment. If you want to do peer to peer fundraising, it’s an additional cost to add Team Raiser to Luminate Online.

With Salsa, peer to peer fundraising and event registration are standard features with no additional fees. Salsa’s WYSIWYG visual editor makes it easy for novices to create great looking emails, landing pages, forms and online campaigns. If you’re more sophisticated, Salsa has you covered too – you can insert your own custom CSS
and HTML code.

American Birds Chose Salsa over Luminate

Dariusz Zdziebkowski

Director of IT,
American Birds Conservancy

"Luminate system designed for developers, not user friendly."

"The most important reason we dropped Luminate was cost. It was super, super expensive for us and for nonprofits, I don't know how that is supposed to work. Also, the Luminate system wasn't designed to be user-friendly, but more for developers to work with. Salsa Engage templates are extremely simple to use."



Why Nonprofits Choose Salsa Labs Over Luminate?

  • Salsa was recognized as a G2 Crowd High Performer for the Winter quarter of 2019 and was awarded the "User's Love Us" badge in 2019 as well!
  • Salsa Engage offers industry leading multi-channel advocacy including click to call, social advocacy, and local/state/federal targeted messaging.
  • Salsa Engage makes it easy to build and design custom forms and emails without any coding knowledge and offers detailed dashboard reporting.
Online Fundraising Software - Salsa Over Luminate


If you're looking for an easy-to-use platform for targeting segmenting, and communicating with your supporters online, Salsa is your best bet!

Sara Chose Salsa over Luminate

Sara Horwath

Marketing Manager,
Second Harvest Heartland

"Chose Salsa Labs over Luminate because of user experience."

"We felt that Salsa Labs accomplished our main goal: Giving our users the easiest solution possible to reach out to their elected officials and let them know how important solving the issue of hunger in Minnesota is to them. We chose Salsa Labs over Luminate Online because of user experience and also the simple to use backend."


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