Here is a simple guide to the best fundraising websites on the internet today. The difference between many of these sites are in the basic services they they offer, unfortunately there is no one site that offers everything to everyone, but hopefully this post helps you narrow them down. All of the sites listed are predominantly cater to personal fundraising, and not to non-profit organizations.
Chipin.com – Chipin is a simple site to use that could adapt to your pre-existing webpages and blogs by using a flash widget. You can then use your blog as you main point of fundraising, complete with a progress tracker and a link to donate. Chipin uses PayPal as their main currency donation service. Chipin is generally used for fun, less serious causes like birthday presents and vacations, but can be used as a medical fundraising platform as well. ***UPDATE, Chipin announced it will close March 2013***
YouCaring.com- YouCaring is fundraising website mainly for individual causes but has started offering services to the nonprofit sector as well. It’s unique twist? They offer completely free online fundraising. The site boasts a simple and clean platform that allows users to upload a description of their fundraiser along with a picture or video. The platform also integrates a massive amount of social media which should make sharing your fundraiser very easy. YouCaring allows its users to receive their donations immediately via WePay or PayPal. Their main causes are Medical Expenses, Adoption, Funerals, Animal rescue and Missions Trips.
FirstGiving.com- FirstGiving is one of the more established online fundraising websites, and caters to both individuals and non-profit organizations. The site is created to allow individuals to raise funds for non-profits of their choice. They tend to charge 5% of all funds generated, this charge goes to the organization not the individual. FirstGiving is a great site to choose if you are interested in raising money for your favorite charity, and has earned its place on the best fundraising websites list for good reasons.
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Kickstarter.com- Kickstarter is a very unique fundraising platform, and may be the largest and most popular site that we have listed. Kickstarter boasts 2.5 million users, and $350 million pledged since their start in 2009. Kickstarter provides a platform to generate funds for ideas, mainly business ideas. Users create a page with a description, and donors pledge a certain amount, only given once the user has had enough pledges to reach their goal. The site charges between 8-10%, and only works if you can reach your goal completely.
YouCaring.com- YouCaring is free personal fundraising, offering completely free online fundraising. As a side note, as of March 2013 they are now offering their free fundraising to nonprofit organizations as well. The site’s simple and clean platforms allows it users to use a massive amount of social media which should make it easy to share your cause with friends and family. Unlike most sites, users have the option to choose between two different payment portals: WePay and PayPay. Whichever you choose, you will receive your donations immediately. YouCaring’s main causes are Medical Expenses, NonProfits, Tuition, Adoption, Funerals, and Missions Trips.
GiveForward.com- GiveForward is a personal fundraising site. It is similar to YouCaring and GoFundMe. They also offer simple ways to combine your fundraiser into your favorite social networking sites. GiveForward charges 7% of all funds generated, their website states they send the donations to the fundraiser after the campaign ends. Their main focus is medical fundraising for people and animals.
We hope that this post helped you narrow down the list of online fundraising websites that you were considering. For more free online fundraising help and advice visit our fundraising blog, or start your own free online fundraiser today!