15 Most Popular Online Fundraising Sites





Even if your group has a website – what if a PayPal Donation button isn’t enough and you still need help with marketing, email services and tracking your donations? Consider trying on of the dozens of online fundraising sites available; we’ve combed the web for you and have come up with a list of the 15 (or so) most popular ones.

Which one is the right one for you? First, make a list of what kind of services you need: online payments and tracking, online auctions, volunteer management, marketing, e-mail campaigns, website design and hosting? Anything else?

Then – remember that each of these online fundraising sites is in business to make money from the groups that sign up with them – compare services and fees of three to five of the fundraising services listed. Fees to consider are one-time setup fees, any monthly fees and per transaction fees. Some fees might be higher or lower depending on how much you collect in donation dollars.

Each of the websites below provides a variety of services, some which might be useful for your group, some won’t. Be sure you don’t pay for services you don’t need and that the customer support offered is sufficient for you. Of course, make sure the website itself appeals to you and is easy to use! (Tip: Raising funds online may present new legal considerations for your group. It may be best to consult your legal adviser before raising funds online.)

Finally, in order to raise funds online through one of these companies, your group usually has to be an officially registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Are you ready to apply for non-profit status?

So here we go, the 15 (or so) most popular online fundraising sites – not in any particular order:
(We occasionally update this list.)

 

Our list of online fundraising sites:

GoFundMe.com allows charitable, business and personal fundraising.
online fundraising site - go fund me

 

NetworkForGood.org. This company is also the nonprofit processing partner for Causes on Facebook
online fundraising site - network for good

 

DonorsChoose.org This one is for teachers only.
online fundraising site - DonorsChoose

 

IndieGogo.com. This company offers a platform for fundraising for commercial projects as well as for fundraising for charitable causes.
online fundraising site - indiegogo

 

VirginMoneyGiving.com (UK only.)
VIrgin Money Giving

 

ChipIn.com Micro-funding site – supporters can give as little as 25 cents. Collect your funds via PayPal. This site is set up for individuals to raise funds on behalf of others.
online fundraising site - ChipIn

 

Crowdrise.com. Donations processed by NetworkForGood.org.
online fundraising site - crowdrise

 

ThePoint.com (by the creators of Groupon). The Point isn’t only for activists and philanthropists. You can raise money for other purposes as well.
online fundraising site - the point

 

FirstGiving.com (JustGiving.com in the UK)
online fundraising site - FirstGiving

 

JustGive.org
online fundraising site - Just Give

 

Fundly.com
online fundraising site - fundly

 

Razoo.com
online fundraising site - razoo

 

HopeMob
online fundraising site - hopemob

 

GoGetFunding.com
online fundraising site - Go Get Funding

 

GivenGain.com
online fundraising site - given gain

If you need online fundraising management software:

Convio.com

DonorTools.com

BlackBaud.com

DoJiggy.com

ServiceU.com

CharityAdvantage.com

BlueStateDigital.com

ClickAndPledge.com

DonorPerfect.com

 

After comparing some of these services, ask yourself, if the money you’re going to spend in the form of fees – which reduces your donation dollars – is really worth the service you’re getting.

Maybe recruiting more volunteers, or putting more effort into marketing your fundraiser would be sufficient for your group.



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  1. Posted by Sonya 14th October, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Had no idea all these services existed! Thanks for the list :)

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    thanks for the wealth of information. It’s helped me get my project out the door.
    Do you know about http://www.donortools.com/ ? I didn’t see it on your list.

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    This looks like a pretty solid list of service providers in the industry, but I noticed that https://www.donationpay.org is missing. We provide totally customized payment pages that match our clients websites, with pricing far lower than other services that provide customized fundraising solutions (like the mentioned Network for Good and Convio).

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  7. Posted by Sam 20th April, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Hey, Sam from Go Get Funding here (http://gogetfunding.com)

    I’d love to quickly let you guys know about what we’ve been up to.

    We’re proud to have helped all types of fundraisers raise over $95k in just a few months (we launched late 2011). That’s mainly thanks to our low fees and innovative social features (such as our ‘Progress Tab’ which rewards social shares)

    With continued innovation, we hope to build on this trend and ultimately make it easier for people to raise more money for whatever matters to them :)

    Great to see so many good sites mentioned in this list. Two others that are doing a really good job are IndieGoGo and RocketHub.

    Bye for now!

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    Hello,

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  16. Posted by Peter Pereira 14th July, 2014 at 6:53 am

    A good software for fundrasing can be – http://www.dojiggy.com/ – Check it out :)

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