Sites vary significantly. Some are only open to nonprofits, others prefer creative projects and some only pay out if you reach a certain threshold.
Will all the different options and confusion out there, this guide is designed to help you select the rightonline fundraising website for YOUR specific needs. So without further adieu, lets check these out!
1. Go Get Funding
Raise money for anything, great social features
Go Get Funding is my favorite fundraising website because it looks slick, is easy to use, has low fees and a crowdfunding community.
You keep all of the money you raise and funds are sent to your nominated PayPal account straight away.
3.5% on the total amount raised + PayPal fees
Nice interface – easy to use
Despite sounding cunningly similar to Go Get Funding, GoFundMe is actually pretty different.
You create your own fundraising page and any money that gets pledged is transferred straight via PayPal or a WePay account that you setup.
5% on each donation + PayPal or WePay fees
IndieGoGo is a well-established crowdfunding site that has a nice, clean look about it. It’s easy to use a notable feature is its varying fees if you don’t hit your fundraising target. You can choose between a ‘Keep-it-all’ or ‘All-or-nothing’ funding method.
4% fee is you reach your fundraising target and 9% if you don’t. Payment processors charge an additional fee of around 3%.
Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects. Your idea needs to be pre-approved before getting on Kickstarter and you’re required to offer rewards in exchange for pledges. The site operates an ‘All-or-nothing’ funding method.
5% on successful projects. You also need to take Amazon processing fees into account which are 3-5%.
Just for nonprofits
Razoo allows registered non-profits that are in their database to create a fundraising page. It has a nice interface and a good range of features aimed at corporations.
2.9% on the amount you raise
All about social
Fundly is another site that lets you create a fundraising page that’s tightly integrated into your social networks. Fundraising pages look a little too integrate with Facebook as you can’t do much without it being posted on your Facebook profile – not something everyone may like.
4.9% transaction fee or a number of monthly subscription plans for regular fundraisers
Centered around charities
Crowdrise was founded by actor and philanthropist Edward Norton and the site works hard to try and keep members engaged. You earn points by donating on the site and having people vote for you and many claim that the site actually has a pretty good sense of humor!
Crowdrise lets you raise money for many different things but it’s mostly centered around charities.
5% of all donations, plus a $1 transaction fee for donations under $25 and a $2.50 transaction fee for donations $25 and over, which works out to around ~7.5%-9% depending on how much a person gives.
If you only want a fundraising widget that you can embed on your blog, check out ChipIn. it’s easy to use is a nice alternative to a PayPal donate button.
PayPal is used to accept donations so you’ll pay the standard 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction.