11 Crowdfunding Platforms For Non Profits

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Non-profits are constantly looking for new ways to raise funds for their various projects. One such way that is popular with charities is fundraising on crowdfunding platforms.

As seen in my previous article crowdfunding is the process of raising funds from donors to fund a cause or charity events  normally on crowdfunding platforms.  

Crowdfunding is a simple way to create media buzz about events, recruit volunteers and make as many people as possible aware about your campaign on the various social media sites. 

Today we’ll be looking at 11 of the most popular crowdfunding platforms used by non-profits around the globe. 

Before we get to the list, here are three things to think about when choosing a crowdfunding platform:

1. Your Audience

You need to think about who your target is and pick the platform that best fits their needs. Your platform should also be the best suited to achieve your goal. Some platforms give examples of who can use their sites or case studies. Use this as a guide to know which platform will help you reach your target audience.

2. Pricing Structure

Different crowdfunding sites have different prices for their services. Ensure that you compare and contrast these different prices and choose the one that is most pocket friendly to your organization.

3. Features

Crowdfunding platforms have many features among them peer-to-peer fundraising pages, event ticketing and registration and many others. It is essential for you to review all the features offered by different platforms and find one with features that best fit your charity’s fundraising needs in order to achieve maximum success in raising funds.

11 Popular Crowdfunding Platforms For Non Profits

1. FIRSTGIVING

This platform has been around for a long time with some people arguing that it is the first crowdfunding platform. The platform offers peer-to-peer fundraising pages, event fundraising and registration, event ticketing with an Eventbrite integration, team fundraising as well as a direct donate button for your organization’s website.

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2. RAZOO

This platform is quite popular with over 14000 non profit organizations using it to raise money. You can set up a free fundraiser page on Razoo and raise money for your cause. Once you join the site, you instantly get a year-round fundraising portal and can create campaigns.

Here’s an example Razoo fundraiser page by Jacobs Well:

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3. CAUSES

This is majorly for those non profits with projects aimed at changing the world and making it better with categories varying from human rights to disaster relief efforts.  You can also use the site to create petitions and ask people to take pledges in support of your cause.

4. BUZZBNK

This a crowdfunding platform that is best suited for social entrepreneurs and innovators. Buzzbnk is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform and each campaign has a target time period within which to raise funds.

5. INDIEGOGO

This is an international crowdfunding site that non profits and charitable organizations can use to raise money. You’re required to choose between fixed and flexible accounts. With a fixed account you don’t get any money if you don’t hit your goal. For a flexible account you keep the money raised but Indiegogo keeps a higher percentage of your funds if you don’t hit your goal.

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6. CROWDRISE

This platform offers a strong network that brings together volunteers and philanthropists to spread the call of service.  You can create peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, start charity events with integrated registration and participate in fundraising challenges. 

Mozilla Firefox recently sponsored a Fundraising Challenge where charities competed for prize money.

7. KICKSTARTER

Kickstarter crowdfunding site for nonprofits, businesses, and individuals and is project-based. Each project must reach it’s goal to receive the full funds.

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8. CAUSEVOX

This crowdfunding site focuses on small to medium sized non profit organizations by helping them raise funds and have a social impact. You keep what your raise on your campaign even if you don’t reach your fundraising goal.

9. STARTSOMEGOOD

Relatively new in the crowdfunding world, the site’s focus is empowering social innovators and encouraging the idea of social entrepreneurship. StartSomeGood is exclusively for social change initiatives that make a difference.

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10. ROCKETHUB.COM

This is a platform that can easily be used by anyone ranging from scientists, entrepreneurs, social leaders to philanthropists to raise funds for non profits of their choice. Fees charged will depend on whether or not you meet your goals. The site teaches you the basics of launching and running your crowdfunding project. 

11. STAYCLASSY

This platform is best suited for organizations that do campaigns throughout the year and rely on peer-to-peer fundraising.

A notable success story on StayClassy is Team Rubicon, an elite first responder force that raised $35,723 within hours on the platform after a tornado affected Joplin, Missouri in 2011.

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The above are just a few of the many crowdfunding platforms out there that your non profit can use to raise funds for your projects and causes. Raising money has never been this simple!

Have any more great crowdfunding sites that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comment section below.