Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites for Nonprofits

Published by Salvador Briggman. Find him on Twitter.

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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  • http://twitter.com/BruceVanHeel CrowdFunding4Animals

    And here is one for the health and well-being of animals.


  • 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.”

  • Canan Sarah

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

  • http://about.me/robwu Rob Wu

    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!

  • https://www.silveralms.com SilverAlms


    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…

    • CrowdCrux

      Yea, I agree, it’s crazy how things like the potato salad Kickstarter can go viral on the web and get support when there are more deserving causes.

      Hmm… this article might be helpful? http://www.crowdcrux.com/top-15-nonprofit-crowdfunding-and-fundraising-tips/

      • http://www.idcounselling.co.uk Ildiko Davis

        Thanks for the response, Salvador! Much appreciated the links:)

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • http://steven.ma/ Steven Ma

    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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    מיסטרנם הינו מיזם חדשני וחופשי לשימוש,באתר יש מאגר קרנות פילנתרופיות עצום שמפרסם פרטי יצירת קשר של קרנות שנותנות מענקים לעמותות-ארגונים-קהילות..המאגר חינמי-חופשי-שיתופי לחלוטין…תודה ויום טוב


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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!

  • http://www.husti.org Priyam

    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.

  • http://www.extra-cash-online.com/ Robert Connor

    We like thanks!