2.9% + 30¢ / transaction
✔ 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%
8% + 20¢ / transactn
Pledges under $10 have a discounted micropledge fee of 5% + $0.05 per pledge
Kickstarter does not list transparent platform fees on its website or show backers its fees during the check-out process. Kickstarter’s fees are some of the highest fundraising fees and have some of the lowest performance rates in the industry at a 56% success rate. Plus, there is no free tier on Kickstarter and gifts cannot be tax-deductible.
Givebutter clearly lists its pricing and per-transaction fees to donors on both its website and on-demand 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!
✔ 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
✔ Invite unlimited users with distinct roles and permissions
Kickstarter offers a straightforward crowdfunding platform to help small businesses reach funding goals. Yet, Kickstarter is lacking in basic features necessary for the long-term funding model success of nonprofits, groups, and teams such as donation collection forms, fundraising pages, and CRMs to manage supporter data.
Givebutter offers a fundamentally different platform for nonprofits than Kickstarter. Givebutter stores every piece of data you collect in a management dashboard for you to access and utilize for future fundraising campaigns. Unlike Kickstarter, Givebutter provides a suite of fundraising tools, necessary for long-term success. For example, you can integrate with thousands of third-party apps such as Mailchimp, Venmo, Quickbooks, Google Sheets, and more.
Learn more about Givebutter's free all-in-one platform for long-term online fundraising success.
✔ Team fundraising with leaderboards
✔ Add GIFs, drawings, and images to donations
✔ Mobile-optimized donation form to embed into your website
✔ Branded pages including social media sharing
✔ Branded pages including social media sharing
Kickstarter’s product pages are built for stand-alone global crowdfunding campaigns to help businesses bring creative projects to life. These pages include standard features, so the fundability of a crowdfunding campaign largely depends on the creator's ability to tell their project story in a compelling way to the Kickstarter community. Kickstarter campaigns are all-or-nothing, meaning no one is charged for a pledge towards a project unless it reaches its funding goal.
Givebutter’s fundraising pages include all the same basic features of Kickstarter, but with a lot more flexibility and focus donation-maximizing functionality. From stand-alone fundraising, to crowdfunding, and peer-to-peer pages, Givebutter’s pages are all easy to use and include popular Supporter Feeds that Kickstarter does not include. Givebutter’s fundraising pages work for individuals or teams, include email marketing, and every dollar raised is donated regardless if it reaches its goal or not.
Doesn’t allow general charitable fundraising 💔
Kickstarter is best known for its all-or-nothing crowdfunding site geared toward small businesses. Unfortunately, it does NOT allow for backers to support general charitable fundraising. Kickstarter does allow nonprofits to raise money for specific new projects or sharable endeavors but it must fit within its guidelines.
Givebutter offers an intuitive and powerful online donation form - both for new AND ongoing charitable initiatives. Givebutter’s donation form is fully customizable to streamline branding but requires no custom coding. You can easily embed Givebutter’s online donation form right into your website host to boost web traffic. Or, if you want, you can still use Givebutter.com to host your donation form. This same form can be fully customized to meet your payment processing needs, is the only fundraising platform to integrate with Venmo.
✔ Sell unlimited paid and free tickets
✔ Ask for optional donations on top of each ticket
✔ Collect from those who can’t attend
✔ Scan ticketing
✔ Add event details such as Google Maps, Add to Calendar button, and more
✔ Manage attendees from registration to check-in
Kickstarter does not include selling tickets or adding event details to fundraising pages :(
Givebutter offers a start-to-finish event and ticketing process. Events on Givebutter come with all the fundraising tools you might need built right in. These include 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, attendees can add donations to their ticket purchases, and you can collect donations from non-attendees.
✔ Accept Venmo
✔ Transparent Fees
✔ Form Customization
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