The social media movement on the internet has made it possible for individuals, non-profits and charity organizations to use fundraising platforms and websites to raise funds for a good cause. In the old days, it was very unlikely that you could crowdfund a million dollars in one months time, these days; if you have got the idea and the zeal to do it, it’s more than likely that you’re going to achieve good result.
As of right now, there are a dozen good fundraising sites on the web right now, many of which have seen amazing success and have changed the lives of many people forever, but raising funds isn’t just about using the right platform — we have to take into account some rules are precautions to make sure that our fundraiser launch is successful. Launching specific donations pages, and getting involved in the local events community are just a few extra ways of spreading the message.
If you’re interested in crowdfunding, take a look at our past columns: Kicktraveler — a crowdfunding platform for traveling enthusiasts, and Inkshares — specially built crowdfunding site for those who wish to publish books. Let us know in the comments your own personal fundraising platforms you use to gather funds for specific causes.
Here are the most popular online fundraising tools that you can get your hands on today, make sure to explore each in-depth and introduce yourself to the rules and regulations to make sure everything is according to your own needs and requirements.
We’re definitely spot on with the timing for this one, as a few hours ago an announcement was published that Fundly has been acquired by NonProfitEasy. This impacts the service only in a good way, and means one thing only — more growth!
Fundly has a list of products that it offers to its members, including managing the list of donors who participate in your campaigns, you can use the Fundly platform to manage members and volunteers, and you can register events for little to nothing. With the business class design, you only pay for the features that you use and/or need, so you’re never losing out on anything.
GoFundMe, amongst other fundraising platforms, can be found in the news outlets quite frequently, as there’s alway someone raising money for a good cause. GoFundMe gives its members access to a set of tools that they can use to create their own crowdfunding webpage and use it to describe what the money is being raised for. You can use the given tools to upload videos, photos and descriptions about what it is that you want to do. GoFundMe’s revenue model is to receive an 8% fee from each donation that has been made.
Kickstarter is definitely an established brand in the fundraising industry, and we have seen some amazing things come out of this crowdfunding platform — such as the Pebble watch, and even the Veronica Mars movie. Kickstarter is known for its simplicity and ease of use, as well as clear transparency on payments — you pay 5% of the total sum raised.
Kickstarter is one of the companies that don’t pretend to own anything, so whatever projects are launched are going to be achieved on the site forever, which means that even after the deadline ends, your project will still be available online; only without the possibility to modify or edit its details.
We keep hitting that right timing with this one, check out this recently published post by Lifehacker on the best Indiegogo campaigns both from the past and the present. Some really inspiration campaigns that everyone can learn from. Lots of homeless people have had their lives changed through Indiegogo!
Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is the equal opportunity platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related.
Crowdfunder is the helping hands that all startups and entrepreneurs need, as their mission is focused on helping such type companies and individuals to raise their initial funds for a successful launch. Crowdfunder wishes to connect smart entreperneurs with risk-willing investors who can see the potential in new and creative ideas. Each step of the process is detailed thoroughly and the platform works more like a network that allows for a very business-like, yet relaxed, experience.
Fundraise is focused on helping non-profits, kids, schools, churches, politicians, and other inspirational individuals to raise their personal funds for their personal project needs. Fundraise is known for being involved in the educational field and their reputation speaks for itself. You can opt for social fundraising, or event fundraising, there are also options for specific enterprise fundraising campaigns.
CauseVox is a very friendly fundraising tool for nonprofits that don’t necessarily need to have technical skills in order to navigate it. It’s slogan is to turn supporters into paying supporters. Since the launch of the company, it has helped hundreds of nonprofits to achieve their dreams of support and helping hands to thousands of individuals around the world.