GoFundMe Alternative

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

✔  Founded in 2016 by college students

✔  Built for groups, teams, and nonprofits

✔  Donations, crowdfunding, and events

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✔  Founded in 2010 and sold to investors

✔  Built for individual fundraising

✔  Focus on viral personal crowdfunding

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Donation Collection

✔  Accept Venmo

✔  Transparent Fees

✔  Form Customization

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Accept Venmo
Transparent Fees
Form Customization

GoFundMe is primarily a crowdfunding platform, but it's worth noting that the company still 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, and can be fully customized to meet your payment processing needs.

Fundraising Pages

✔ Beautiful, donor-centric pages built for team fundraising

✔ Add GIFs, drawings, images to donations

✔ Personalized pages with leaderboards

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Beautiful, donor-centric pages built for team fundraising
Add GIFs, drawings, images to donations
Personalized pages with leaderboards

GoFundMe is best known for personal crowdfunding, but their fundraising pages are surprisingly limited in functionality. Almost all of the focus is on the massive image/video in the top left, and the entire donor experience often feels very transactional.

Givebutter offers fundraising pages that place a much greater focus on the supporters of a fundraising campaign, creating 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.

Sell Tickets to Events

✔  Sell unlimited paid and free tickets

✔  Ask for optional donations on top of each ticket and from those who can't attend

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

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GoFundMe does not support selling tickets or adding event details to fundraising pages :(

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 donors, members, and fundraisers over time

✔ Invite unlimited members and manage roles

✔ On-demand live chat support

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Track donors, members, and fundraisers over time
Invite unlimited members and manage roles
On-demand live chat support

GoFundMe is not built for long-term fundraising success. Every time you start a GoFundMe you are starting from scratch, whereas on Givebutter every piece of data you collect is stored in a secure central dashboard for you to access and utilize for future fundraisers.

Givebutter provides a suite of tools not on GoFundMe that are particularly useful for groups, nonprofits, teams, and small nonprofits. On Givebutter you can invite and manage roles for unlimited members, receive paper checks in the mail (as well as bank or debit transfers), integrate with thousands of third-party apps such as Mailchimp, and more. On GoFundMe you can't even export a list of your donors.

Donation Collection

✔  Accept Venmo

✔  Transparent Fees

✔  Form Customization

Accept Venmo
Transparent Fees
Form Customization

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Pricing

4.9%

+ 30¢ / transaction

+ $0 / month

✔  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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2.9% - 7.9%

+ 30¢ / transaction

+ 10% tip / transaction

Based on standard pricing for GoFundMe

𝗫  No donors cover fees

𝗫  Fees are not transparent to donors

𝗫  Per-transaction fees over 5%

𝗫  Average campaign keeps 97% or less

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GoFundMe hides credit card fees from donors and asks them for tips as high as 15% to support their platform, which they make quite difficult to opt out of.

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 Fundraise product, since it is the closest in relevance to GoFundMe's full offering.

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Loved by over 10,000 nonprofits, student orgs, sports teams, and individuals just like you 💛

Loved by over 10,000 innovative nonprofits, student orgs, sports teams, and individuals just like you.

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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