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10 Best Kickstarter Alternatives

Published by Salvador Briggman. Find him on Twitter.

Before deciding which platform to launch a project on, we recommend checking out the guide we’ve put together to help decide which crowdfunding website is best for your campaign.

1. Indiegogo

An international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, and more. It’s free to sign up, to create a campaign, and to contribute to a campaign. When your campaign raises funds, Indiegogo charges a 9.0% fee on the funds you raise. If you reach your goal, you get 5.0% back, for an overall fee of 4.0%.

2. RocketHub

A crowdfunding platform that includes art, science, business, social good projects, and more. One of the opportunities RocketHub has created is the potential for broad exposure through A&E. “Our partnership with A&E PROJECT STARTUP expands crowdfunding’s power in a big way.” Fees: Reach your goal: 4% commission fee + 4% credit card handling fee. Don’t reach your goal: 8% commission fee + 4% credit card handling fee.

3. Fundrazr

FundRazr is a Canadian crowdfunding site and Facebook app first released in 2009. It allows users to set up crowdfunding pages and/or embed fundraising apps on their Facebook pages to raise money for a variety of causes such as medical care, memorials, and animal rescue causes. Creators pay a 5% FundRazr fee plus Payment Provider fee of 2.9% + 30¢* per transaction.

4. Pozible

Pozible is an Australian crowdfunding platform and community-building tool for creative projects and ideas. It was developed to help people raise funds, realize their aspirations and make great things possible. Pozible Service Fee: 5% Standard Fee. Transaction Fees: Credit / Debit Card on Pozible : 2.4% + 30c (Australian card) / 3.4% + 30c (international card) for each transaction. They also accept Stripe, Bitcoin, and PayPal. See more information about their fees here.

5. Ulule

Ulule is a European crowdfunding platform that enables you to discover original projects and products. On Ulule, the projects are only funded if they reach their objective. Since Ulule’s launch in October 2010, 3884 creative and innovative projects have been funded in 72 countries, with support from internet users from 192 countries. Fees: Ulule’s fee is a 5% commission on the collected sums. Transactional fees are at 3%. Sum it up, and that’s a total of 8% (VAT and all transaction costs included) of what you collect on Ulule.

6. Fundable

Fundable is a rewards-based platform (like Kickstarter) and an equity crowdfunding platform. Unlike other platforms, Fundable charges $179 per Month to Fundraise and their are no success fees. For rewards based-campaigns, a 3.5% fee will be deducted from the entire fundraise by WePay.

7. FundAnything

“You can use FundAnything to raise money for a business idea, tuition, medical emergency, volunteer project, celebration…whatever matters to you the most.” FundAnything charges a 9% fee on the contributions you collect. When you reach your goal, you’ll get 4% back for a fee of just 5%. Additionally, the payment processing companies charge a fee of approximately 3%.

8. Quirky

If your project is in the idea stage, you can use Quirky to submit your idea to the community for feedback. If your idea is selected by the community, then the company will go about executing on the product idea and you will receive a percentage of funds from product sales.

9. Self-Hosted Crowdfunding Campaign:

If you would like to host your own crowdfunding campaign on your personal website, check out this list of tools you can use to make it happen (scroll down to self-crowdfunding platforms).

10. Niche Crowdfunding Websites and Non-reward-based crowdfunding websites: 

Top 10 Crowdfunding websites for Non-Profits.

Top 5 Crowdfunding platforms for gaming. 

– 6 Top Crowdfunding Sites for Artists and Bands

– Top 10 Equity Crowdfunding Websites For Startups

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  • Tony Tran

    I honestly didn’t know there were any other crowdfunding sites beside kickstarter and indiegogo. It’s great to see that there’s some out there that has a main objective, whether it’s brainstorming or in australia.

    • CrowdCrux

      Yea! It’s pretty cool. Crowdfunding is growing a lot. Soon, equity crowdfunding will be legal in the US and then creators can also offer ownership in their projects/companies.

  • Angel Duarte

    Wow, I only knew of indiegogo because of a forum I recently visited.
    This is a pretty neat list! Now Everything doesn’t seem so dreary lol

    • CrowdCrux

      Haha, yea they are a big competitor to Kickstarter, but also have a different demographic in terms of projects and backers. They have looser guidelines and offer more types of functionality (like referrals and flexible funding campaigns). On the downside, in my experience, there is not as much of a community surrounding the platform.

  • Benjamin Friedland
    • CrowdCrux

      This is awesome!!! Can you embed the campaign on your website?

      • Benjamin Friedland

        No not yet. I assume you’re asking for some sort of embeddable widget or the like. Maybe someday but no, not available now.

  • Jeff McDermott

    Coming late to the discussion but thanks for the post. I have been looking to do a campaign to raise funds for a few months now and I was wondering if it would be wise or a bad move to set up a campaign on all of the funding sites (bet on every horse in the race) or is this considered bad form?

    • CrowdCrux

      In general, I wouldn’t recommend this practice. It’s a part-time, if not full-time job running one campaign. In addition, if any of your backers find out you are running multiple and are offering different rewards or have different priced items, the wouldn’t be good. Finally, unless you have a large established social network or audience, it will be hard to garner enough support on each to get at least 20% in funding from friends/family (usually what is required to jumpstart the fundraising).

  • Rome

    The best alternative I think is Fund Charm because the fees are low especially if you are an charity.

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Wish List Lane

    Thank you so much! I have just started looking at crowd funding, this article (and in fact your entire website) is amazing! My Kickstarter is up and running but I wish I had read your website first, perhaps if it does not work I will be able to use these other ones. I have bookmarked for the future :)

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/889962102/design-and-manufacture-my-floating-charm-jewellery

    • CrowdCrux

      Glad the site is helpful! Look forward to watching your crowdfunding progress.