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As the leading nonprofit software solution, Neon helps thousands of nonprofits raise more, save time, and get more done.

Hi! We’re a group of nonprofit nerds committed to furthering your impact through technology. We provide tools that help you grow your mission, inspire your audience and scale your organization for success.

Since 2004, Neon has helped thousands of organizations reach their full potential, raising millions of dollars for great causes along the way. We’re proud to be a privately-owned company, so we can focus on serving the great organizations we work with — not shareholders or profits. And with the best-rated tech support in the nonprofit sector, the people behind Neon is what really sets us apart from everyone else.

Your passion for change and vision for a better world inspire us every day. Let’s make a difference together.

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A majority of our staff come from a nonprofit background.

We’ve been there too, and we know what you’re up against. There’s nothing more rewarding than making a positive impact through your work, but we we are also intimately familiar with the unique challenges facing the nonprofit sector.

That’s why we’ve designed all of our services with nonprofits in mind. In fact, Neon was created when our co-founders Lei Zhang and Jeff Gordy met at the Kidney Cancer Association — a nonprofit organization in Chicago, where they worked at the time.

Since then, we’ve been committed to delivering personalized services that make sense for every nonprofit. We know that each organization is different, but we’ll work with you to find a solution that works for your organization.

Your success is our mission.

We’re in this together. That’s why our software is designed to help you succeed. Check out what our clients have accomplished with Neon:

How can Neon help you?

Meet our team

  • Aidan Juhl
    Aidan Juhl Technical Support Specialist
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    In college, I was able to volunteer extensively as a reading buddy at an elementary school and as an after-school worker in a public housing neighborhood.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Equality and Social Justice

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I love animals of all kinds (especially cats)

    Favorite pie?

    Pumpkin

  • Alina Georgacopoulos
    Alina Georgacopoulos Controller
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Volunteered in teaching young students financial, budgeting and entrepreneurial skills via Junior Achievement and inspire them to reach their potential

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Animal Welfare, Health and Wellness, Environment

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I am fascinated by psychology, behavioral economics and how they shape the decisions we make on a daily basis

    Favorite pie?

    Meringue Pie

  • Adam Stevenson
    Adam Stevenson Director of Client Services
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Internship in Tunisia with AMIDEAST, an exceptional organization that focuses on education and development in North Africa and the Middle East.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Migrant and refugee rights, education, international development, advocating for international institutions.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I show up at airports 3 hours early to walk around and watch planes.

    Favorite pie?

    Quiche (…then apple pie for dessert)

  • Andres De Sousa
    Andres De Sousa Web Designer
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    While living in Caracas, Venezuela I had the privilege and opportunity to design and build a website for a non-profit elementary school. This school was located in a lower class area in Venezuela. By building and designing a friendly and welcoming website, I hopefully gave them more opportunity to increase their admission rate of children, regardless of the location they are in.

    What causes are you most passionate about? 

    Anything related to the environment. Check this out about the effects of global warning in greenland: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/11/world/greenland-global-warning/

    If you really knew me you would know… 

    I really like rubik’s cubes

    Favorite pie?

    Key-lime pie

  • Andrew Dain
    Andrew Dain Marketing Specialist
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    In college, I helped organize an annual social entrepreneurship summit that helped students and youth launch their own nonprofit orgs.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Social justice and human rights.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    Sometimes I get emotional over fonts.

    Favorite pie?

    Pumpkin!

  • Brandon Watson
    Brandon Watson Sales Consultant
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Volunteering at Give Kids The World

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Education and Environmental issues

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I’m a huge Chicago sports fan

    Favorite pie?

    Apple

  • Brendan Noone
    Brendan Noone Chief Operating Officer
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Working with marginalized, low-income youth of Madison, WI on the weekends to introduce them to university campus, while building confidence that attending college was within reach

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Early childhood education, poverty, human rights, social justice, environment & sustainable energy, defending science

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I used to rap, still have notebooks full of rhymes, have performed in front of live audiences, and have professionally recorded over 10 tracks!

    Favorite pie?

    Key-lime. It’s just so damn refreshing!!

  • Calie Lyons
    Calie Lyons Technical Support Specialist
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Working with a local artist collective, striving for social change by fostering and cultivating projects that connect the community with musicians and artists. Art has no boundaries and should be accessible to everyone!

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Intersectional Feminism / Black Lives Matter/ queer rights/ transformative justice/ abolishing capitalism/ education & art

    If you really knew me you would know…

    My favorite hobbies include: painting, rock n roll, laughing, and pizza.

    Favorite pie?

    PECAN!

  • Casey Wittekind
    Casey Wittekind Manager of Professional Services
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Working on a local fair housing campaign was a powerful experience of seeing people embrace their power and fight for the common good.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Social Justice causes that empower people to use their voice, making the world a better place.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I take circus classes!

    Favorite pie?

    Blueberry

  • Chris Tourre
    Chris Tourre Sales Consultant
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Being on the board of two nonprofit organizations in Chicago: The Neofuturists and VGA Gallery.  I love supporting nonprofits with inspiring missions and people.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Arts, Education, Poverty Alleviation, Social Justice, Children

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I’ve had my artwork in two exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

    Favorite pie?

    Apple

  • Colin Pizarek
    Colin Pizarek Chief Product Officer
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Engineering a recorded album of poetry to raise money to commission a statue to honor the local poet Max Ehrmann.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Arts and Culture, Environmental, Capacity building

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I once had a kazoo surgically removed from my mouth.

    Favorite pie?

    Blueberry

  • Edward Shen
    Edward Shen Developer
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    As a volunteer in Sichuan Earthquake.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Science & Technology

    If you really knew me you would know…

    For the Horde!

    Favorite pie?

    Shepherd’s pie

  • Edward Vitralis
    Edward Vitralis Lead UX Designer
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Learning about the tremendous variety of unique and amazing nonprofits through working at Neon has been delightful and eye opening.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Intersectional anti-bullying initiatives, separation of church and state, and freedom from religion.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I am incapable of answering a yes/no question without a story.

    Favorite pie?

    Gooseberry <3

  • Ellen Puglisi
    Ellen Puglisi Client Success Manager
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Serving as a Volunteer Coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA at a residential facility for homeless veterans on Chicago’s West Side. It was a challenging and enlightening experience.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Animal Welfare, Intersectional Feminism, Economic Inequality

     

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I’m addicted to personal finance blogs/podcasts  #budgetsaremyhappyplace

     

    Favorite pie?

    EVERYTHING CHOCOLATE

  • Emily Keaney
    Emily Keaney Senior Technical Support Specialist
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Working with the Letters to Santa program for underserved kids in the Chicago Public School system, including shopping and wrapping parties with other Neon staff.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Animal rights/LGBTQ rights/womens’ rights/prison reform and social justice

    If you really knew me you would know…

    …that I can’t answer a “What’s your favorite [x]” question.

    Favorite pie?

  • Eryn MacNeil
    Eryn MacNeil Inbound SDR
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Working in LGBT healthcare and helping to organize the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Seeing everyone around me celebrating life and knowing I helped facilitate it was magical.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    LGBT and women’s healthcare, racial justice, environmental justice and animal welfare.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I love boxing and martial arts, and I have won several championships.

    Favorite pie?

    Anything lemon or chocolate

  • Gabriella Snow
    Gabriella Snow Inbound SDR
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    When I was Service and Philanthropy Director of my sorority in college, I raised a record breaking $47,000 for CASA of Cook County, a user of NeonCRM!

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Environmental Preservation, Food Insecurity & Food Waste, Comprehensive Sex Education

    If you really knew me you would know…

    My father is the Steve Irwin of Florida.

    Favorite pie?

    Keylime

  • Haley Boeschen
    Haley Boeschen Web Designer
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Volunteering with Spudnik Press, a printmaking community focused on sharing facilities and services to the public. Their studio is always full of passionate people, eager to teach and provide a safe place for creative freedom.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Arts, Climate Change, Conservation, Reproductive Health, Immigrants & Refugees, Racial Justice

    If you really knew me you would know…

    The tattoo on my arm was drawn by an inspiring art professor who passed away my last year in college.

    Favorite pie?

    Chocolate cream pie

  • Jamie Apone
    Jamie Apone Professional Services Consultant
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Organizing the wild & well-attended end-of-semester potluck at a literacy center- imagine a family reunion with cuisine from five continents.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    poverty eradication, LGBT equality, and racial justice

    If you really knew me you would know…

    The latest drama from my corner of the podcast world

    Favorite pie?

    Polka Dot Pie

  • Jason Cocking
    Jason Cocking Jason Cocking Senior Technical Support Specialist & IT Operations Manager
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Helping to recycle and refurbish computers for low-income families.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Social justice, church/state separation, technological accessibility

    If you really knew me you would know…

    My cat (Mr. Meowgi) is 16 lbs and basically runs my life.

    Favorite pie?

    Pizza Pie

  • Jeff Gordy
    Jeff Gordy Chief Executive Officer
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Working with the Kidney Cancer Association where I discovered how amazing life can be when you make a living helping other people. This experience changed the course of my life.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Child welfare, education, animal welfare, equal rights, and environmental protection.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I have a very friendly Yellow Sided Green Cheeked Conure (bird) named “Smudge”.

    Favorite pie?

    Chocolate Pecan w/ vanilla ice cream

  • Joe Marnen
    Joe Marnen Sales Consultant
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Currently I serve on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Repertory Ballet. Seeing our fundraising efforts transform into a piece of art, and watching that impact our audience is always rewarding.  

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Human Rights, Environmental Rights, Arts & Humanities, Historic Preservation

    If you really knew me you would know…

    That I’m a Chicago history & architecture nerd

    Favorite pie?

    Apple or Pumpkin

  • Jose Martinez
    Jose Martinez Technical Support Specialist
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Volunteering at Youth Outreach Services and helping organize their client files and getting to hear about some of the experiences from clients.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Human Rights, Environmental Protection, Mental Health Awareness

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I love martial arts movies and I’m a recovered sweets addict 🙂

    Favorite pie?

    Banana Creme

  • Josh Kesler
    Josh Kesler Quality Assurance Specialist
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Helping Join the Impact organize three full charter buses to transport activists to/from DC in 2009 for the National Equality March. The turnout was breathtaking.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    LGBTQ rights & equality, education, & anything else that ruins Trump’s day.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    That no one is safe from my practical jokes and sarcasm! 😀 Learn more here.

    Favorite pie?

    “The pie is a lie.”

  • Joshua Jones
    Joshua Jones Web Designer
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience? 

    Helping to build infrastructure for an organization focused on community based scholarship  and learning in the social sciences and humanities.

    What causes are you most passionate about? 

    The dictatorship of the proletariat.

    If you really knew me you would know… 

    There is no “there” there.

    Favorite pie? 

    𝜋

  • Joshua Yates
    Joshua Yates Sales Consultant
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    While working a local animal shelter gala I  ushered in the recent rescues for an awareness presentation only to have one of them  relieve himself. (on my shoe)

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Human Rights/LGBTQ Issues/ Womans Issues

    Animal Welfare

    Environmental

    Arts/ Performing Arts

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I take monopoly rules very serious.

    Favorite pie?

    Black Bottom or Chocolate Pecan or Pumpkin or Peanut Butter or Coconut Cream or Salted Caramel (How do I pick just one?)

  • Katie Wohl
    Katie Wohl Product Manager

     

  • Kristina Jakstas
    Kristina Jakstas Professional Services Consultant
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Serving on the board of a health & wellness nonprofit in Austin, TX. It was my first board service experience, and so inspiring to make an impact with individuals in need, and also create community-wide change.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Social justice and equality, health

    If you really knew me you would know…

    It stresses me out to talk about myself like this 🙂

    Favorite pie?

    Quiche, or my mom’s apple pie!

  • Kyle Curry
    Kyle Curry Sales Manager
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    I have fond memories of running the Rock For Kids celebrity autograph auction for Foundations of Music, and getting around 2000 pieces of memorabilia signed.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    LGBTQ Rights, Social Justice, Arts Advocacy, First Amendment Rights, Education,  Cancer Research, Suicide Awareness

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I have a story for every occasion, and most seem too strange to be true.

    Favorite pie?

    Blackberry Pie

  • Mary DeMar
    Mary DeMar Professional Services Consultant
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    My first job out of college was for a social service organization. It was inspiring to work alongside people who had disabilities

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Human Rights, Social Justice, LGBTQQ.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I like to treasure hunt in alleys.

    Favorite pie?

    I’d rather have ice cream.

  • Michael Evert
    Michael Evert Outbound SDR
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Teaching “Cup of Tea” classes at CASL in Chicago’s Chinatown. Most students are elderly but maintain an attitude of self-improvement.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Fine Arts Organizations, Literary Organizations, International Trade.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I can sing most of Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life”

    Favorite pie?

    Pecan, light on brown sugar

  • Nikki Diehl
    Nikki Diehl Billing & Data Entry Specialist
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Working with a refugee family from Burma who recently relocated to Rogers Park in North Chicago and helping them adapt to their new life.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Animal Welfare, Environment, Human Rights

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I have over 1,000 pictures of my cats on my phone.

    Favorite pie?

    Good Cherry Pie.

  • Nina Deremer
    Nina Deremer Vice President of Business Operations
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    I was running a mentor program at a tech high school and we have a board game/olympic style event with the students.  It was amazing to see the kind of deep connections we were forming with each other.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Working with young people to help them make their dreams happen.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I am constantly on the lookout for an opportunity to be silly.

    Favorite pie?

    Pecan all the way!

  • Robin McKay
    Robin McKay UX Designer
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Making a documentary with the residents at Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House – an organization that serves homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Human Rights

    If you really knew me you would know…
    that I spent a week trying to think of a cool answer to this.

    Favorite pie?

    Pizza pie!

  • Russel Katz
    Russel Katz Professional Services Consultant
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Implementing a custom database for a local nonprofit. This involved interviewing the employees and creating something unique for their organization that made everyone’s job easier.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Community organizations, civil liberties and mental health.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I love learning about all the different organizations I get to work with and understanding how they make an impact.

    Favorite pie?

    Bumbleberry

  • Sam Nyland
    Sam Nyland Sales Consultant
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Running a youth program for formerly homeless youth in Chicago for 5 years surrounding academics, socio-emotional regulation, self-advocacy, and empowerment. I built some of my most memorable relationships during this period of my life.  

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Youth Empowerment & Education – specifically in the arts

    Human Rights

    Racial/Social Justice

    Hunger & Food Insecurity

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I more than enjoy coming up with ridiculous Halloween costumes all throughout the year – most costumes tend to involve cheesey puns.

    Favorite pie?

    Homemade Apple pie with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese – yes, that’s a thing!

  • Scott Woodfill
    Scott Woodfill Sales Consultant
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    In college I helped plan service learning trips to New Orleans, LA and Biloxi, MS years after Hurricane Katrina.  Even 4-5 years after the storm it was eye-opening to see the work nonprofits were still doing to rebuild.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Advocacy and Human Rights/LGBTQ Issues

    Animal Welfare

    Environmental

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I am a huge sports fan… GO BLUE!

    Favorite pie?

    Apple Pie

  • Sean Dotson
    Sean Dotson Client Success Manager
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Teaching an English Lit class the day after the 2016 election.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Education; Economic Justice; Sustainability; Immigration Reform.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I have a lifelong love of hip-hop and comic books.

    Favorite pie?

    Pecan for life.

  • Sula Hitzeman
    Sula Hitzeman Client Services Manager
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Standing and dancing for 36 hours at Indiana University’s Dance Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Riley Hospital for Children in Indy and honor the brave Riley kids. The whole campus truly came together–our legs hurt but our hearts were full!

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Accessible & affordable healthcare; feminism; arts & culture

    If you really knew me you would know…

    Dresses seem to make up 90% of my wardrobe.

    Favorite pie?

    Warm apple pie with ice cream

  • Sydney Maier
    Sydney Maier Client Success Manager
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Organizing a last minute rescue of 24 cats and working until midnight checking-in, treating, and naming them. Best names: Crispy Wonton and Moshpit

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Animal welfare, social justice, veganism, environmental protection + preservation, sustainable living, prison reform, arts advocacy

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I still think about that time I got to feed a giraffe

    Favorite pie?

    All the pie.

  • Tim Sarrantonio
    Tim Sarrantonio Director of Business Development
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    I put myself through the same experience as the day laborers I was writing grants to support, heading off at 4am to southside Chicago to try to get work. Opened my eyes to the systemic need for change in our society.

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    Creating meaningful and systemic changes in our communities to address racism, classism, sexism, and other forms of oppression.

    If you really knew me you would know…

    I can pair any meal with the perfect craft beer. Then turn it into a fundraiser.

    Favorite pie?

    Pumpkin pie

  • Vera Bojic
    Vera Bojic Director of People Operations
    Bio

    What is your most memorable nonprofit experience?

    Managing a statewide volunteer program called RiverWatch and wading through a lot of streams to collect water quality data

    What causes are you most passionate about?

    children, environment

    If you really knew me you would know…

    that you will never really know me

    Favorite pie?

    pumpkin