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Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites for Nonprofits

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Crowdfunding for social causes is quickly gaining in popularity. These sites are redefining how NGOs, non-profits, and student organizations raise money for events and charitable causes. I’ve included a list of the top ten social sites below. Don’t forget to check out 5 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Crowdfunding and Non-profit Crowdfunding vs. Peer to Peer Fundraising.

1. Razoo:  “a movement of people who want to make generosity a part of everyday life.” Over 14,000 nonprofits have used this platform to raise around 100 million.

2. CausesFor people who want to change the world. Categories vary from disaster relief efforts to human rights. Causes has raised more than 30 million for non-profits.

3. BuzzbnkA UK platform that supports social entrepreneurs and innovators. “Positive People Backing Bright Ideas.”

4. StartSomeGood: StartSomeGood empowers “social innovators,” and forwards the trend of social entrepreneurship. It is a relatively new social site.

5. Crowdrise: Named the “Top 25 Best Global Philanthropist.” Since 2009, Crowdrise has helped bring together volunteers and philanthropists to spread the call of service.

6. CauseVox: Is a NYC startup social site that focuses on helping small to medium sized non-profits raise funds and have a social impact.

7. Kickstarter: A project crowdfunding website that any organization or individual can use to finance their event or project.

8. Indiegogo: An international crowdfunding site for creative types that can also be used to raise money for charity and non-profit organizations.

9. Rockethub.com: A crowdfunding platform used by all types of organizations and individuals ranging from scientists to philanthropists.

10. Pozible.com: An Australia-based website that encourages creative projects and ideas. This website can also be used for charity purposes.

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  • Jessica Zuzierla

    You cannot use Kickstarter for non-profit crowdfunding – it says so under the section where it states prohibited projects.

    • CrowdCrux

      Hi Jessica- Yes, you can’t raise money for causes on Kickstarter. However, non-profits can use Kickstarter to raise money for a project-based campaign. Example: A book that researches wealth disparity in third world countries.

      “Who can create a project on Kickstarter?

      Creating projects is currently open to US and UK creators over the age of 18 (see full details). Businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations can also use Kickstarter to fund their creative projects.”

      • Tyler

        I want To start a campaign and see if I could help people ,,I would love feedback…. This would be an experiment.. Here in florida the homless are in abundance .
        Pretty much good people on hard Times I want to feature record a video of a homeless person once every 2 months and post there story on a crowd funding site… and videotape there journey from homelessness to becoming a functioning person in society.
        The perks offered would be videos sent to the donation givers of the person in need as I receive the donations,I videotape and document there story and journey,
        I will be buying the person chosen Food,clothing,medical checkup,and shelter with what ever donations are received. I call it Saving a Life One Person At A Time …. and hopefully the idea catches on and more people will pay it forward and see how much caring our country has to offer ..letting other nations know that the United States Of America Takes Care Of There Own.. If any one would like to join my cause email me at HanlonTyler@aol.com and let me know thanx……..

  • Canan Sarah

    CrowdRise is #1. Hands down. I might be biased. But they are the best.

  • Hey CrowdCrux! Thanks for featuring us at CauseVox!

  • startsomegood

    Thanks for featuring StartSomeGood! We’re a global platform, dedicated to seeing social good projects succeed. We have an a success rate of 56% which is far above the industry average and assign all of our ventures with a dedicated Venture Support team member to help them through the whole crowdfunding process!

    If you want to know our top tips for nonprofit crowdfunding you can check them out here: http://t.co/hfEMM9J3G1

    Any qs? I’m happy to answer them 🙂 Send an email to natasha at startsomegood dot com

    Natasha at StartSomegood.com

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for the comment. Be sure to mention @crowdcrux or @sbriggman on twitter when you post future articles so that I can retweet.

  • Guest

    It’s not listed on here, but I used Deposit a Gift for a personal fundraiser. GREAT customer service, I recommend DAG for sure.

  • Ann

    It’s not listed on here, but I used Deposit a Gift. GREAT customer service, I recommend using this crowdfunding site!

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.silveralms.com

    The common mans portal
    SilverAlms is the world’s first philanthropic platform to raise fund for charitable purposes. The website features multiple categories under which any needy person from around the globe can feature their story and request for financial assistance to meet a
    difficult situation in life.

    Opened to all and following strict legal guidelines, SilverAlms boast on the status of most credible, philanthropic and advanced platform of crowd-funding. “There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

  • Jay Richards

    I really like that this sort of thing is taking off. Indiegogo & similar are cool for getting your idea off the ground, but I love them for charity causes. In a similar vain, check out http://inktothepeople.com – sell t-shirts for your charity, but crowdfunded style. No money on your part, can set fundraising goals, etc.

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Rosey Higgs

    Check out RedBasket.org. It’s a nonprofit crowdfunding platform that has zero fees. It provides a platform for people who face a financial hardship due to a medical emergency, accident, or a natural disaster, AND for people or agencies wanting to launch a new project to improve their community. RedBasket.org has strong corporate sponsorship through Woodmen of the World Life Insurance, which covers all fees, and because it’s nonprofit all donations are tax deductible for the donor.

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Gates Jamie Michelle

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Ildiko Davis

    Crowd funding is one of those ideas that have surely changed the world for the better 🙂 There are so many great causes that deserve support: helping people to fulfill their dreams, supporting creative projects and charitable actions. It is still a bit baffling though, how a potato salad can gather over 50K funding, when bigger and more worthwhile causes may go unnoticed. Could it be that people’s need to be lighthearted is stronger than to make a positive impact on the world? I wonder, if you have any tips for serious and potentially world changing projects (like the https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1795131939/sensitive-the-untold-story ) to have a chance in our world of frivolity…

  • Holly Denman

    A mom at our school wanted to help rebuild our library so she independently started a campaign on GoFundMe. I don’t know much about crowdfunding but it appears she missed the mark. Your sight is very helpful. Maybe we will try again

  • Lena Sommer

    Is there a crowdfunding platform with the 501(c)(3) status?

    • Dillon Nicholson

      You bet! Check out http://www.hatchfund.org!

    • Mika Onishi

      Yes! https://www.UPTOGOOD.org supports 501 (c)(3) non profits – it’s a platform entirely focused on social good!

    • A. Kennedy

      I would check out DirectlyTo.org – All campaigns created are tax deductible for the donor. They take 4.5% of each donation and fund other initiatives. Depending on the 501c3 they will reinvest the 4.5% into that nonprofit.

    • Not that we’re aware of. However, we have the ability to launch a site, we are now seeking to finish out developing a team. We can offer a safe haven for certain business taxes if the business is a JV with a tribe. There are other ways, for more information you can email me here: Tekeni@Gmx.com . Here is an article here for some ideas: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/crowdfunding-industry-american-indian-tribes-creating-mary-e-?trk=prof-post

    • David S. Howley

      For a mobile option, check out Givebycell.com, Their rates are very competitive and they offer several packages.

  • John Phillips

    There are crowdfunding platforms for each cause, like indiegogo and kickstarter that products can be crowdfunded, also quirky where products can be selled.

    I found a company that develop new products and help ideas get materialized for crowdfunding campaigns like indiegogo and kickstarter. The company is called Brecher Prototyping.

  • Amelia Matias

    launching a new product that helps animal shelters do what they do best: save lives. It’s a mobile app that helps them find, track, treat, and spay/neuter homeless cats.

    Dear family,

    As you may know, Jennifer and I live up in Seattle now. She’s the veterinarian at a local non-profit animal shelter and is the only vet servicing our county’s stray and homeless pets. I left my job at Zillow and started a software company, Pawzii, which helps shelters like Jennifer’s more efficiently generate revenue so they have the resources they need to save lives. Together, we found a way to marriage our passion for pets in a way that allows us to live a purpose-driven life.

    I need your help to keep our mission alive for 2015.

    My company is launching a new product that helps animal shelters do what they do best: save lives. It’s a mobile app that helps them find, track, treat, and spay/neuter homeless cats. Right now, over 70% of all cats that go into a shelter in this country are euthanized. That’s 4 million healthy and adoptable cats a year. Our app helps them drop that percentage locally down to 25% or lower. Trust me, this is a game-changer.

    We’ve been beta testing an early version with groups here in Seattle and the response is overwhelmingly positive. It’s the first app of its kind and we’re actively saving lives today.

    Here’s where you can help: we’re currently crowdraising $15,500 to fund development of the second version of our app and I need your backing.

    You’re likely familiar with the crowdraising platform, KickStarter, and we’re using a similar platform. But ours has a unique twist: instead of backing a project and getting a product, you’re actually buying a “Square” which represents a $50 loan. Over the next year, we’ll pay back your Square or Squares, 100% in full, in small chunks. Think of it like a short-term micro-loan that helps make the world a little bit of a better place.

    Why $15,500? That’s what it will cost for us to hire the team members to implement all the features and feedback in our next version, and also allows it to give it away for free to any shelter, humane society, or rescue group.

    I opened this message with an old quote that’s stuck with me through the years: “The family is a haven in a heartless world.” Right now, our family is my haven as I work towards bringing more heart to this world.

    Will you help give me shelter?

    How You Can Make the Difference

    Visit our campaign page: https://www.communitysourcedcapital.com/squareholder/campaigns/save-our-communitys-cats

    Buy a Square, or two, or twenty. Each square represents $50 and you can buy up to 20 Squares.

    Share our campaign on Twitter or Facebook to help get the word out.

  • This is a great list and all great platforms, but its difficult to get donations if you don’t offer perks. If you do, like shirts or stickers, you have to spend time & money to buy them. I would suggest trying a t-shirt fundraiser like teespring or bonfire, where you sell shirts and raise money through sales. I’m with a company called TeeDojo which allows you to create a t-shirt campaign with no out-of-pocket costs, and you decide your profit margins. We handle all the printing & shipping. Great for fundraising, providing great rewards, and no cost to you. Check it out at http://teedojo.com

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for sharing.

    • A.Reza Saadat

      Steven Ma, you are correct about the difficulties of getting donations if you don’t offer perks…Social Seam has solved this problem by getting rewards from businesses…check it out at http://www.socialseam.org

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  • Ben

    A great list, but the sector is getting more and more competitive and varied all the time. Anyone considering choosing a platform should make sure that it does everything they need it to do, and not just focus on the size of the website.

    We run kriticalmass.com, a London-based platform with a focus on projects that do social good in some way. Be that a charity campaign/fundraiser (such as BLUE bit.ly/1C26wYa), or a business or individual with an ethical, responsible supply chain/product (such as Riz Boardshorts bit.ly/1IEFdFG), we’re all about connecting these stories with passionate individuals and brands to make them happen. What’s more, we host projects that don’t just need funds, but need skilled volunteers, support and in-kind sponsorship too.

    In short, “Powering Good” is what we do…

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks for sharing your site 🙂

  • CrowdFund Connect

    Hi here’s another one to add; it’s a niche blog that focuses on creating and marketing crowdfunding campaigns http://www.crowdfundconnect.com Thanks!

  • This is a great list! – have you checked out husti.org ? – it focuses on fundraising for fewer evidence-based charity projects but keeping the donor up to date with progress afterwards. It’s also a charity itself so doesn’t charge a penny.

    • CrowdCrux

      Thanks! No, I’ll have to check them out.

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  • nice job! i would like to mentions some more crowdfunding platform i am sure will like it known.. check out this http://othersiteslike.org/55-best-crowdfunding-sites/

  • Divine Yoga

    want to know about funding in health field,r u promote that ngo which working in yoga field. nd want to start on big level.

  • Eleanor Harrison

    GlobalGiving is the largest crowdfunding platform specfically for non-profits & social entrepreneurs (www.globalgiving.co.uk). They cover Gift Aid in the UK and 501c3 in USA amongst other countries.

    • CrowdCrux

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Fern Pessin

    Can you recommend a site that works with houses of worship? A synagogue in Long Beach, NY was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Their entire downstairs was destroyed wiping out the day care and hebrew school and now their roof is starting to go as well. They are 95 years old. They suffered the worst damage of all houses of worship and their menorah was used at the White House that year to usher in Hanukkah. They need funds to repair the synagogue to welcome back the young families. Any ideas of which site would be the best for them? Thanks!

  • Please remove Kickstarter from your list. Kickstarter prohibits use of its services for charities: https://www.kickstarter.com/rules?ref=footer .

    • CrowdCrux

      “While nonprofit and charitable organizations are welcome to use Kickstarter, please note that Kickstarter cannot be used for direct charity or cause funding. All projects must create something to share with others.”

    • AAgyie

      Hi Rob, I am interested to see Kickstarter’s position after announcing that they have become a benefits corporation. As a certified benefits enterprise I was hesitant to join the platform community with the “very removed” position Kickstarter took regarding projects grounded in a social cause. As a startup, I am torn and a little surprised at the change of direction. What does this mean for companies w/ a social motive? Will Kickstarter NOW be a little open and to what they call “transparency” and support the very bylaws they are now pledging to uphold?


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  • mkenzie78

    Nonprofits can use https://fundbackr.com

  • Carl Lathrop

    Hi there, I own a business that sells residential & commercial playground equipment. My community passion has always been giving back by assisting non-profits children based organizations by assisting in purchasing and installing playground equipment. Unfortunately they have to settle for less or not at all due to limited resources (theirs & mine), Can you connect me with an organization to help me proceed. I ask from the “crowd” only money and the rewards will be personal notes posted wherever showing them the direct results of their giving to the specific organization receiving. I need direction and also a organization that understands this business model and also has done due diligence in the State of Illinois for legal issues involved. I envision doing this one organization at a time for instant gratification for all. Please give me direction!!!!

    • Hi Carl,

      At Matchme (www.matchme.org), a crowdfunding platform for businesses to launch matching gift campaigns for nonprofits, we also strongly encourage businesses to be innovative with their giving by public matching campaigns.

      As data shows that more and more consumers want to buy from companies with strong corporate social responsibility (91% of consumers are attracted to socially responsible businesses and 55% say they would pay extra for goods from a socially responsible business), we help all our corporate clients create campaigns that match the donations of current and potential customers in order to create points of interaction and collaboration. Showing consumers your concern for causes they care about increases customer loyalty and acquisition. Good philanthropy is good businesses.

      Thanks for being so energetic about giving back! Email me so we can start a great campaign and #GiveMoreTogether.

      Elie Lehmann
      Co-Founder of Matchme

  • Jack Moore

    Wow, I had never even thought of using crowdfunding like this. But it’s really clever, you don’t have to do a lot of work and people will always be willing to help, and you can reach anyone in the country. Even Indiegogo, I didn’t know it could be used for non-profits. I’ll have to take a look! This is a great way for people to actually get involved. https://www.americangiving.us/

  • Check out Matchme (www.matchme.org), a new crowdfunding platform for individuals, businesses and nonprofits to launch matching gift campaigns. 0% platform fee for individuals and nonprofits.

    We believe strongly in the power of combining matching gifts with crowdfunding. Studies show that matching gift campaigns have a 71% increase in donors, 51% increase in average donation, and 69% of Millennials say they would be more willing to donate if they knew their gift would be matched. In addition to giving nonprofits the tools to run their own online matching campaigns, we also help businesses be innovative with their matching grants by extending their matches to the public.

    As data shows that more and more consumers want to buy from companies with strong corporate social responsibility (91% of consumers are attracted to socially responsible businesses and 55% say they would pay extra for goods from a socially responsible business), we help all our corporate clients create campaigns that match consumer donations in order to create positive points of interaction and collaboration. Showing consumers your concern for causes they care about increases customer loyalty and acquisition. Good philanthropy is good businesses.

    All campaigns at http://www.matchme.org bring these two strategies together for even more giving. Everybody wins when we #GiveMoreTogether!

    Elie Lehmann
    Co-Founder of Matchme

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  • Heather

    I came across http://www.fundme4life.com. They appear to be a new site but seem to have a very strong charity program. Thoughts?

  • hossanna

    Require volunteer PHP,Angular JS,Bootstrap developer and marketing to build crowd funding NGO website
    Below is the application form


    VittalSeva NGO is a crowdfunding website helps for NGOs, non-profits, and student organizations to raise money for charitable causes and events. Seeking volunteer to launch our new website platform which helps for NGOs. Get a chance to volunteer at VittalSeva, one of its own kind. You do not need to be physically present with us. You will be allotted work and all the communication will be done via email. We have started developing the crowdfunding website for NGOs.

    We are looking for PHP, Angular JS and bootstrap experts for developing the crowdfunding NGO website

  • Mika Onishi

    Check out https://www.UPTOGOOD.org – an awesome impact campaign platform for GOOD that just launched. Campaigns are all video based and focused around stories that matter.

  • Elyssa Sugar

    You can also check out a new one: SMASHFUND – launched yesterday! https://smashfund.com/signup/via/5193120

  • Pawan Kumar

    If anyone is looking for additional fundraising ideas for nonprofits, I suggest them to check Impact Guru and add it to their list. https://goo.gl/R99Anp

  • All, I’m with http://www.unified4people.com, give us a look.

  • John Meekins

    Need money to support a program for children with learning disabilities in Medellin, Colombia. There are teachers doing it now on almost 0 dollars. I’d like to raise $15,000 to be sent directly to them through their foundation .Here is the website: http://creciendoconakire.wixsite.com/akire

    • John Meekins

      Any funds should go directly to the foundation, name and details of which can be found on its website. No, there is no tax benefit for doing this. Any money donated simply helps teachers and children directly.

  • Andrew

    Do u know about helpangel.org ? .. HelpAngel could be exactly what u’re searching for. It is widely used all over the world. People use this platform to raise funds for a diverse range of needs. Musicians use it to release new albums, directors make films, people with life-threatening illnesses use the funds raised for medical care… also start-up owners develop their businesses.

    • Nicholas Ojwando

      Thank you, will check it out.

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  • Tony Searight

    Smashfund was recently launched in Austrailia….
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  • Bishop Edwards

    I am a Bishop of a Christian organization. We are fairly new and want to help the poor. We don’t have the money to do this because we don’t have enough people to support us. I want to buy real estate apartment complexes and use to profits for on going revenue to fund projects like these continually. If done like this we won’t have to always ask people for money. The money will come in continually and we can feed the homeless, build shelters and drug rehab centers. Can someone help us acquire the real estate. We have access to great deals.

  • brazier

    Hello, I’m Gregory Brazier; Private investor. I opted for the financing of projects to financially support all serious people with projects. Contact me if you need. Here is my mail:braziergregory001@outlook.fr

  • Qais Abukhader

    dear all
    please help me how can i get fund to my project for the Syrian refuges in Jordan

  • martyisaacct

    https://kind.fund is an online fundraising platform, built to ensure that grassroots organizations and non-profits can have easy and inexpensive access to a powerful fundraising platform. Platform advantages:

    • Simple to use; we are very hands on to ensure your success.
    • Detailed Analytics. Donor data provided for each campaign.
    • Lowest fees. Platform fees half that of gofundme and “free” sites.

    Marty Isaac
    CEO, https://kind.fund

  • Gabrielle Besnans

    How about one that supports a Mexican Non-Profit.. Asociación Civil?

  • Kasia

    Hi Salvador!

    There’s another crowdfunding platform worth mentioning: Leetchi.com as it is very versatile (nonprofits, good causes, individuals in need, creative projects and group gifts!) and has some of the lowest fees. Free to use and spend on partner websites (amazon.com) or 2.9%-5% fee for bank transfers.

  • Cherisa Meyer-Fletcher

    Can someone tell me about DirectlyTo.org? I can’t find any reviews. EIN/TAX ID number: 47-4027559. I’m just trying to verify they are who they say they are and donations are actually tax deductible. Thank you!

  • Vijay Reddy

    Best informative Crowdfunding websites. Thanks for sharing, we are startup social crowdfunding network, this may be useful for all NGOs and individual to raise funds both personal and social cause visit https://www.savelife.com for more details

  • Nicholas Ojwando

    Are there crowdfunding sites for Africa especially Kenya in the area of children and widows?

    • Nicholas Ojwando

      If anyone looking for a project to support and be part of in Kenya, welcome at: https//:www.tsfkenya.com

  • Tardzenyuy Richards

    hey i wish to about funding for autism and children withe early childhood disorders