Founded by Jim Alvarez in May of 2011, Gesture (formerly AuctionsByCellular/ABC) is a Chicago-based company that combines fun, easy-to-use technology with a team of charity event experts to help charities maximize fundraising efforts at their events.Gesture started their first year conducting 57 events using their proprietary mobile bidding technology to over 1000 events last year.  By allowing donors to bid anytime, anywhere they want, Gesture helps increase revenue and improve the guest experience for their charity partners. Gesture Charity Partners include Ronald McDonald House Charities, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Seven Eleven, Chicago Fire, Bulls, Sox and Blackhawks, Gigi’s Playhouse, National Kidney Foundation, American Red Cross, American Heart Association and more. In addition to mobile bidding, Gesture offers integrated ticketing, fast flawless check-in and checkout, text-to-donate and other fundraising services.

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Why Work With Us

We make hope happen. At Gesture, we partner with hundreds of nonprofit organizations nationwide to aid their fundraising efforts with our mobile technology. We work hard for our nonprofit partners, and we also play hard. Gesture is more than just a 9-to-5 job; we attend fundraising events together to see our technology in action and participate in evening sports leagues. Our fully stocked kitchen will keep you fueled and our casual environment will make you feel like you’re among friends from Day 1. Plus how many people can say they sit with their CEO?


Our culture is shaped around our company core values: 1. Be a good teammate: work together to make sure everyone succeeds. 2. Act as a partner: understand what our clients truly need so you can best serve them. 3. Be a problem solver: always look for ways to improve yourself, our client/donor relations, and our company. 4. Maximize the tools: use your knowledge and the knowledge of your peers so you can be the best at what you do. 5. Embrace the environment: embrace the startup culture and change that comes with that. 6. Be an ambassador for Gesture: be excited about what we do. 7. Have fun!

Perks & Benefits

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Unlimited Paid Vacation and Sick Days
  • Flexible Hours and Work from Home option
  • Company Outings and Sports Leagues
  • Fully Stocked Kitchen
  • Casual Dress
  • Occasional Catered Lunches
  • Indoor and Outdoor Work Spaces
  • Open Concept Office



Founded: 2011
Local Employees: 53
Location: Westmont
Type: Technology Company
Industries: Events, Technology

Company Reviews

Joining Gesture was a no-brainer. I already spent much of my free time volunteering for different charities and having the opportunity to impact many more meant a lot to me.

Brandon Stec
Marketing Manager
at Gesture

Gesture is always evolving. We have opportunities to think outside the box to achieve the best results for the charities we serve. We strive for excellence in our personal capacity every day.

Cara Dickerson
Senior Events Production Manager
at Gesture

Working at Gesture has been a dream job for me. I get to do what I love (building our world class mobile fundraising tech platform), on a great team, to help great causes.

John Polacek
Staff Software Engineer
at Gesture

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