We love that crowdfunding has become more popular, as that means more people are helping others! There are several fundraising platforms available online to help you raise money for a personal cause. To make it easy for you to find the best crowdfunding website for your fundraiser, we’ve compiled the top choices for you.
The leading free crowdfunding site, with an emphasis on compassionate crowdfunding. What does that mean exactly? Our focus is on fundraisers that support medical costs, funeral expenses, education, adoption, service projects, animals, and disaster relief (just to name a few). The only fee is a standard 2.9% charge from the third-party payment processor (but we do appreciate donations). Sound good? Start your free fundraiser now!
One of the larger fundraising platforms that supports a wide range of causes–from business projects for artists and entrepreneurs to charities and non-profits to fundraising for a variety of personal causes. The website is recognized for being easy to use. GoFundMe charges a 5% fee in addition to the 2.9% payment fee on every donation.
Targets crowdfunding for non-profit organizations. If you just want to make a general donation, the site helps you find charities to support based on causes you care about. You can also find a fundraising team to join and help their mission, set up a matching program through a corporation, or start your own personal fundraiser. A fun feature for established foundations is the opportunity to host a “giving day”. Fees range from 4.9%-7.9% based on the type of fundraiser, plus a 2% payment fee.
Focuses on fundraising for medical bills and memorial expenses. The customer service team provides personal coaches if you need extra help to get your fundraiser started and promoted. The fee structure is a little confusing, we must admit, as it appears to range from .5% to 7.9% depending on donor contributions.
The leader in event fundraising. It is a great platform for individuals and teams with the dual goal of raising money for a cause and participating in activities, such as a marathon. This is another good resource for matching donors to charities. While you can join a team or charitable cause, users also have the option to start a fundraising campaign to aid a personal endeavor. Bonus feature: you can earn “points” to aid your fundraiser. There is a 3% fee plus 2.9% from the payment processor, as well as a 10% suggested donation.
Emphasizes crowdfunding for business ventures and artistic projects, though they are now also focussing on personal fundraisers. Claim to fame is they support the most fundraising categories, so anyone can raise money online to fuel their aspirations. Pricing and fees vary based on the type of fundraiser from 4-9% charged depending on whether or not you reach your goal (some models refund the donations if a goal is not met) plus a 3-5% payment processing and a $25 wire fee.
We hope this helps (and inspires) you to start your own crowdfunding campaign in 2015!
1. the activity or process of raising money from a large number of people, typically through a website, as for a project or small business.
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