Eventbrite Alternative

Eventbrite and Givebutter can both help you raise money online - but which is better?

✔  Founded in 2016 by college students

✔  Used by groups, teams, and nonprofits

✔  Donations, crowdfunding, and events

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✔  Founded in 2006, recent IPO (2018)

✔  Built for event organizers

✔  Great product for selling tickets

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Donation Collection

✔  Accept Venmo

✔  Transparent Fees

✔  Form Customization

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Doesn't support donation collection, so here is a sad puppy.

Eventbrite is primarily a ticketing platform, but it's worth noting that the company lacks basic donation functionality across its site. 

Givebutter offers a simple yet powerful donation form for collecting donations, dues, and other payments, which you can embed right your website as a donate button/form or host on Givebutter.com. This same form powers payments all across the Givebutter platform (including tickets), and can be fully customized to meet your payment processing needs.

Fundraising Pages

✔  Beautiful, donor-centric pages

✔  Add GIFs, drawings, images to donations

✔  Trackable team fundraising

✔  Personalized pages with leaderboards

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Doesn't offer support for fundraising pages. 💔

It may seem obvious that Eventbrite would not offer support for traditional fundraising pages, but this is an important distinction because it highlights what is perhaps the biggest difference between Eventbrite and Givebutter: event logistics vs. fundraising technology.

Givebutter offers fundraising pages that place a big emphasis on the supporters behind a fundraising campaign, which creates a living, breathing campaign experience full of stories and creative messages of support. Givebutter is fully optimized for team and group fundraising and allows for individual members to join campaigns, customize their pages, and easily receive credit for donations they help bring in. These same pages are the foundation for Events, which is discussed next.

Sell Tickets to Events

✔  Sell unlimited paid and free tickets

✔  Ask for optional donations on top of each ticket

✔  Collect donations from people who can't attend

✔  Add fundraising features like a goal bar, supporter feed, team fundraising, and much more

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✔  Sell unlimited paid and free tickets (Pro plan only)

✔  Ask for optional donations on top of each ticket

Collect donations from people who can't attend
Add fundraising features like a goal bar, supporter feed, team fundraising, and much more

The key difference: Eventbrite is best for transactional / traditional ticketed events, and Givebutter is best for fundraising events. 

Eventbrite has a phenomenal product for executing events end-to-end. In fact, a huge part of their success has come from taking complex event software that was previously only available to huge companies and making it available to everyone by offering a free tier with high fees. However, for some, Eventbrite can be an overly complex and expensive solution that's misssing out on many key elements of a successful fundraiser.

Givebutter makes it dead-simple to sell tickets to events while maximizing dollars raised through a combination of encouraging attendees to add donations to their ticket purchases, and allowing you to still collect donations from people who can't attend. Additionally, events on Givebutter come with every fundraising feature built-in, so you have the option to set a fundraising goal, invite your team to create personalized fundraising pages, engage with donors and attendees in the supporter feed, and more.

Long-Term Fundraising Success

✔  Track and manage donors, attendees, members, and fundraisers over time

✔  Withdraw funds at any point during your campaigns

✔  Invite unlimited users with distinct roles and permissions

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✔  Track attendees over time

𝗫  Withdraw funds 4-5 days after your campaign ends

✔  Invite unlimited users with distinct roles and permissions

Eventbrite has arguably the best platform in the world for making complex ticketed events as painless to organize and execute as possible. If you require highly custom and/or advanced event logistics functionality, Eventbrite offers enterprise grade tools for a fraction of the price. However, in many cases, this level of sophistication is completely unnecessary, and often misses out on the true goal of fundraising events: raising as much money as possible. Aside from the many product advantages of Givebutter mentioned above, Givebutter can act as a central donation hub across your events, fundraising campaigns and general donations.

Givebutter provides a suite of backend tools that are particularly useful for groups, teams, and nonprofits. On Givebutter you can invite and manage roles for unlimited members, customize donor receipts, easily withdraw funds at any time via bank deposit or paper check, integrate with thousands of third-party apps such as Mailchimp, CRMs such as Salesforce, and more. Perhaps the most important distinction between the Givebutter and Eventbrite dashboards is Givebutter's focus on tracking and managing not only your attendees, but also your donors, members, fundraisers, and even chapters if you have them.

Donation Collection

✔  Accept Venmo

✔  Transparent Fees

✔  Form Customization

Accept Venmo
Transparent Fees
Form Customization

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Pricing

4.9%

(2% platform fee + 2.9% processing fee)

+ 69¢ / transaction

+ $0 / mo

✔  Over 95% of donors cover fees

✔  Fees are transparent to donors

✔  Per-transaction fees under 5%

✔  Average campaign keeps 99.5%

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6%

(3.5% platform fee + 2.5% processing fee)

+ $1.59 / transaction

+ $0 / mo

Based on standard pricing for GoFundMe

✔  Users can force donors to absorb fees

𝗫  High fixed transaction fees ($1.59)

𝗫  Per-transaction fees over 5%

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Eventbrite does give users the option to pass fees onto attendees, but this can often leave people angry when faced with a large processing fee of 6% + $1.59. Unfortunately, taking on this large fee yourself isn't very ideal either. Eventbrite does offer a lower fee tier (Essentials), but the features are very limited (only one ticket type) and is priced about the same as Givebutter's full-featured offering.

Givebutter offers fixed transaction fees lower than 5%, which over 95% of donors voluntarily cover, resulting in an average overall fee to fundraisers of just 0.5% - the lowest in the industry.

Please note that for the purposes of this comparison we used the pricing for Givebutter's Events product and Eventbrite's Professional tier since they were the closest in relevance.

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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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