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Crowdfunding is a fundraising campaign to fund a project or program by raising the needed money from contributions by a large number of people via an online platform.

If your organisation wants to give crowdfunding a go here are some websites you might want to visit:


Start From Seed had success with this online fundraising platform. It's a user-friendly site with an appealing presentation and there's no minimum donation.


This site boasts a community of 10,000+ members. There are plenty of great success stories on this site, including the more than $5,000 raised for The Supply, a nonprofit that builds schools in Nairobi.

Start Some Good

In addition to an easy-to-use platform, this site offers Crowdfunding 101, a free nine-part email course for non-profits and social entrepreneurs. Plus, the site only charges fees if your campaign reaches its tipping point.


Crowdrise divides fundraising by a variety of categories like animal welfare or education. The site also separates non-profits by the method of fundraising like a run/walk or celebrity-backed campaign.


Billing itself as the world's largest online campaigning platform, Causes currently only allows registered 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofits to fundraise on its site. In addition to fundraising, campaigns can be used to create petitions and ask people to take pledges, such as Toyota's campaign to make child passenger safety a priority.


Campaigns must set a goal and select between fixed and flexible accounts. If you set up a fixed account and don't hit your goal, any money raised is returned to the donor. If you set up a flexible account and don't hit your goal, you keep the money raised but Indiegogo keeps a higher percentage of your funds. Registered 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) do receive discounts, but you'll want to crunch the numbers.


With over a decade of fundraising, FirstGiving boasts some big names in the nonprofit sector, such as Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics and The Humane Society.


Boasting the ability for non-profits to easily change the look of their fundraising page without a developer, CauseVox makes it easy to embed multimedia ­– like videos or Flickr slideshows – just by pasting a link. Case studies include the Autism Science Foundation and Change for Kids. It has a unique fee and pricing system as well.

Provides the platform for project creators to present their ideas to a connected audience, worldwide. If people love what you're creating, they can support it by pledging money.

A personal online fundraising website is perfect for individuals, groups and organisations.

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