Long before crowdfunding met the internet, Christian communities and churches were first-rate crowdfunders. Today, Christians have brought online crowdfunding into the fold.
Christian crowdfunding is simply crowdfunding done by people in Christian communities and churches. Sometimes the beneficiaries are people in Christian communities, but not always. In addition to church fundraisers, mission trips, and other such causes, Christians are often involved in crowdfunding that isn’t overtly about the faith, including fundraisers for individuals, families, and community projects.
Crowdfunding before the internet (B.I.) involved physically collecting small donations from a large number of people—colloquially referred to as “passing the hat”—to fund a project that served the common good. When the internet has made crowdfunding far easier and more efficient, it became the international phenomenon we know today, with many branches of niche crowdfunding emerging.
People who raise funds on YouCaring are sometimes surprised to discover that, beyond raising money, the process of asking and receiving help restores a sense of faith and fellowship. Many Christians see this restoration as an essential part of the process of living their faith.
As a compassionate crowdfunding platform, we never take a penny of the funds you raise for ourselves (the way some other crowdfunding sites take a percentage of every donation, it’s easy to imagine a certain someone showing up at their headquarters and flipping over the tables). As of this writing, we’ve helped people from all walks of life raise nearly a billion dollars to support the people and causes most important to them.