Classy Alternative

Classy and Givebutter can both help you raise money online - but which is more effective?

All comparisons are based strictly on publicly available information.
Last Updated:
August 9, 2020
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Pricing Plan Comparison

$0/month

✔ Free tier with every feature

✔ Pricing is easy to understand

✔ Over 95% of donors cover fees

✔ Per-transaction fees are under 5%

✔ All fees are transparent to donors

✔ Average campaign keeps 99.5%

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$500+/month

+ 5.9%+ / transaction

+ 30¢ / transaction

Comparing Classy's Pricing

Based on standard pricing for GoFundMe
Free tier with every feature
Pricing is easy to understand
Over 95% of donors cover fees
All fees are transparent to donors
Per-transaction fees are under 5%
Average campaign keeps 99.5%
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Classy does not list transparent pricing on its website. To see pricing, you must submit your information on a contact form and wait to hear back. After waiting, nonprofits are be surprised to find Classy's membership fee is so high.

Givebutter clearly lists its pricing and per-transaction fees to donors on both its website and live demos. On Givebutter, over 95% of donors voluntarily cover transaction fees, resulting in an average overall cost to fundraisers of just 0.5% - the lowest in the industry. Normally, Givebutter offers all that for only 4.9% + 30¢ / transaction with no monthly fees. However, for any campaign created now through December 31, 2020 Givebutter is WAIVING platform fees for for life!

Learn more about donation forms on Givebutter and see a live demo here.

Donation Collection

✔ Accepts Venmo, Apple/Google Pay, PayPal

✔ Transparent fees

✔ Embed donation form

✔ Text-to-give

✔ Custom donation amounts

✔ Donation dedications

✔ Automatic receipts

Multi-currency international fundraising
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Accepts Venmo, Apple/Google Pay, PayPal
Transparent fees
Embed donation form
Text-to-give

✔ Custom donation amounts 

✔ Donation dedications

✔ Automatic receipts

✔ Multi-currency international fundraising

Classy is possibly best known for its easy-to-use fundraising software for nonprofit organizations that accepts 130+ currencies. Classy’s donation forms are mobile-optimized and the donor data can be easily integrated with Salesforce for an additional fee. However, Classy’s donation form excludes Venmo integration, as well as the ability to embed the form into personal website hosts.


Givebutter offers an intuitive and powerful online donation form. Givebutter’s donation form is fully customizable to streamline branding but requires no custom coding. Unlike Classy, you can easily embed Givebutter’s online donation form right into your website to boost web traffic. Don’t worry; you can still use Givebutter.com to host your donation form if you want to. This same form can be fully customized to meet your payment processing needs, including Venmo, PayPal, Apple Pay, all major credit cards, offline payments, and more! Givebutter is the only fundraising platform to integrate with Venmo, the leader in mobile payments.

Learn more about donation forms on Givebutter and see a live demo here.

Sell Tickets to Events

✔ Sell unlimited paid and free tickets

✔ Ticket scanning

✔ Add event details such as Google Maps, Add to Calendar button, and more

✔ Manage attendees from registration to check-in

✔ Ask for optional donations on top of each ticket 

✔ Collect from those who can’t attend

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Sell unlimited paid and free tickets
Ticket scanning
Add event details such as Google Maps, Add to Calendar button, and more
Manage attendees from registration to check-in

✔ Ask for optional donations on top of each ticket 

✔ Collect from those who can’t attend

Classy offers event ticketing pages for purchasing tickets and making donations. Both options include a simple check-out process. Like Givebutter, Classy’s check-out process consists of the capability to ask supporters to donate on top of each ticket. Unlike Givebutter, Classy’s event pages do not include important convenience plug-ins such as Google Maps and Add to Calendar buttons. It is not clear if you can sell unlimited tickets, including free tickets, or how easy the email reminders and day-of registration ticketing process is.


Givebutter has a start-to-finish event and ticketing process. Events on Givebutter come with all fundraising tools built right in. That way, you have the option of setting a fundraising goal, inviting your team to create personalized online fundraising pages, engaging with your donors and attendees in the Supporter Feed, and more. Best of all, with events on Givebutter, you will maximize dollars raised by incorporating live event features like Text-to-Donate and Scan-to-Give. Attendees can add donations to their ticket purchases, and you can collect donations from those who can't attend.


Learn more about event ticketing on Givebutter and see a live demo here.

Fundraising Pages

✔ Add GIFs, drawings, and images to donations

✔ Mobile-optimized donation form to embed into your website

✔ Beautiful, branded pages including social media sharing

✔ Personalized individual and team pages with leaderboards

✔ Automated donor receipts

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Add GIFs, drawings, and images to donations
Mobile-optimized donation form to embed into your website

✔ Beautiful, branded pages including social media sharing

✔ Personalized individual and team pages with leaderboards

✔ Automated donor receipts

Classy’s fundraising pages include stand-alone donation pages, crowdfunding, and peer-to-peer pages. These fundraising pages have a professional appearance with standard features - fully branded, personalized, and can include teams. However, Classy falls short in its donor experience. Classy’s supporter feeds do not include more personalized messaging capabilities or the ability to embed the donation pages into your website. Plus, if you want to see a demo of Classy’s fundraising pages, you have to request a demo and wait.


Givebutter’s fundraising campaign pages offer a next-level donor experience. How? Three words: Live. Supporter. Feed. Givebutter's Supporter Feeds are filled with stories, encouraging messages, GIFs, drawings, and images from supporters themselves to rally more donations. The supporter feed mimics the user-experience of social media, so it feels more fun and engaging for supporters. More than 80 percent of users leave messages! Givebutter offers live demos on-demand for ALL fundraising pages so you can see for yourself: donation collection,events, and peer-to-peer. Givebutter, like Classy, is fully optimized for team fundraising. It allows individual members to join customized campaigns, quickly receive credit for the online donations they help bring in, and even send scheduled emails to donors!

Learn more about fundraising campaigns on Givebutter and see a live demo here.

Long-Term Fundraising Success

✔ Invite unlimited users with distinct roles and permissions

✔ Track and manage donor, attendee, and fundraiser data in real-time

✔ Make custom receipts and automate email marketing from the dashboard

✔ Easily integrate with 1,000+ third-party apps

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✔ Invite unlimited users with distinct roles and permissions

✔ Track and manage donor, attendee, and fundraiser data in real-time

✔ Make custom receipts and automate email marketing from the dashboard

✔ Easily integrate with 1,000+ third-party apps

Classy offers a united digital fundraising and marketing donor management platform to enhance the donor experience at scale worldwide. Classy’s nonprofit CRM platform includes robust reporting features and is the preferred partner of Salesforce.org Nonprofit Cloud. However, it may be more robust than smaller organizations, groups, teams, and nonprofit organizations need or can afford in the long-haul to be the right solution.


Givebutter stores every piece of data you collect in a secure central all-in-one donor management dashboard for you to access and utilize for future online fundraising. Givebutter provides a suite of fundraising tools, not on Classy, that are particularly useful for small groups, nonprofits, and teams. For example, you can invite and manage roles for unlimited members and integrate with thousands of third-party apps such as Mailchimp, Venmo, Quickbooks, Google Sheets, and more. Unlike Classy, which charges $5,000+ per year for access to its CRM tools, Givebutter’s CRM platform is completely free forever.


Learn more about Givebutter's free all-in-one platform for long-term online fundraising success.

Donation Collection

✔  Accept Venmo

✔  Transparent Fees

✔  Form Customization

Givebutter Donation Options
Accept Venmo
Transparent Fees
Form Customization
Givebutter Donation Options

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Givebutter is one of the most innovative and engaging platforms I've seen in that it successfully mobilizes young people to actively fundraise and donate around the causes they care most about. The Givebutter team is dynamic, passionate, and thoughtful - they're an absolute joy to work with.
Rebecca Kaplan
Rebecca Kaplan
Director
It's On Us
Launching an event as a nonprofit can be hard and stressful, but using Givebutter made it exponentially easier. We were able to seamlessly register teams while also collecting donations for our recent 3v3 basketball tournament to end teen suicide. I’d recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone looking for a fun experience, excellent support, and low fees.
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Sue Rosenstock
President
Umttr
I am a huge fan of Givebutter!!! The customer service is superb, every time I had a question (and we had a few) they were always super quick to answer. Also, I absolutely love the visual that Givebutter provides - I think it gave the fundraiser life. The focus was on the donors and the impact they were making, which encourages others to donate. I cannot rave about Givebutter enough!
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Katherine Najera Villeda
Founder
De Manos Con Amor
We quite literally raised over 10 times as much money on Givebutter compared to last year’s event using GoFundMe. I can’t say enough how awesome this platform is for fundraising, and also how much fun we had using it.
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David Wong
President
CMU Greek Week
We loved using Givebutter! It was super easy to set up and keep track of who was fundraising and how much they raised, which makes the person in charge's life SO much easier. We will definitely use Givebutter again, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone!
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Brian Grover
Philanthropy Chair
Sigma Chi Derby Days @ DePaul
Thanks to Givebutter, we were able to surpass this year's fundraising goal by over 1,000%! We found the platform to be a powerful way to raise money and awareness for our organization - its design makes social sharing seamless and its interface is extremely easy to navigate and track team progress. The company is constantly innovating and we cannot wait to use Givebutter for our next campaign.
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Daniel Lowe
President
TAMID at Penn
Givebutter was the catalyst to everything for my nonprofit. I love Givebutter because they gave me a beautiful way to show donors what we were doing, interact with each other on the page, and cover all the fees when donating. And the team was there literally every step of the way. Long story short: Givebutter rocks.
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Daphne Pariser
Founder
Humans for Education

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