5 Best GoFundMe Alternatives
Personal Fundraising Guide: Check it out here. It’s all about crowdfunding personal expenses. Get Funding for Education,Travel, Volunteering, Emergencies, Bills, and more.
Don’t get me wrong! GoFundMe is a great crowdfunding platform and one of the largest in the personal cause fundraising space. However, if you’re looking for an alternative to GoFundMe, with different pricing terms or a different project page layout, check out the 5 sites below and let me know which you like most via comment below!
The reason I love YouCaring is that, unlike other cause-related crowdfunding platforms, they don’t charge a fee to use their website. You just need to pay a credit card processing fee of 2.9% plus $.30 per transaction (standard for most platforms). Most other platforms will charge a 5-10% platform fee. Check out the video explaining the platform below.
GiveForward works best for: Medical Expenses including travel, medical equipment and service animals, out-of-pocket living expenses that are associated with an illness or injury, “Bucket lists” associated with a terminal illness, and funeral expenses or memorial funds.
The platform charges a 5% fee + 2.9% + $0.50 per transaction for payment processing.
Fundly is another online fundraising tool that you can use to gather funds for a cause related crowdfunding campaign. I think they have a nice user interface and design. One interesting fact that distinguishes them from other platforms is that they give discounted rates to high-performing crowdfunding campaigns. For example, if you raise over $50k, their platform rate drops to 4.4% instead of 4.9%.
Pricing (under $50k raised): Fundly platform fee 4.9% + credit card processing fee 3.0%.
Indiegogo is a global crowdfunding platform that has multiple verticals including technology, gaming, and filming. It can also be used to fundraise for medical expenses or personal causes.
The platform charges a 4% if you reach your goal and a 9% if you don’t (if you elect to use flexible funding). If you do an all-or-nothing crowdfunding campaign, you won’t receive any of the funds raise if you fail to hit your fundraising goal. In addition, there is a 3-5% for credit card or PayPal processing (varies depending on your financial institution) and a $25 wire fee: charged once when non-US campaigns have raised funds in USD via Direct Credit Card. The funds are wired in one lump sum to a non-US bank account after the campaign has ended.
Similar to Indiegogo, FundRazr is a crowdfunding platform that has multiple categories ranging from creative projects to healthcare and medical bills. Fundraisers “always keep the money they raise,” meaning that there is no “all-or-nothing” option. There also doesn’t have to be a set fundraising duration.
I think FundRazr’s project page design for the comments section is better than GoFundMe’s because it’s easier to read the text.
Pricing: Recipients pay 5% FundRazr fee plus a payment provider fee of 2.9% + 30¢* per transaction.
I’d like to hear what you’re raising money for and which platform you decide to go with! If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out my tips on crowdfunding your education or on raising money for a cause, or for a nonprofit.