Alternative to Kickstarter

Kickstarter and Givebutter can both help you raise money to start new projects - but which is more effective?

February 23, 2020

Fundraising Pages

✔ 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

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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

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.

Learn more about Givebutter's all-in-one online fundraising pages and see a live demo here.

Donation Collection

✔ Accepts Venmo

✔ Transparent fees

✔ Form customization 

✔ Secure and stable

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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 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.

Learn more about collecting online donations on Givebutter and see a live demo here.

Sell Tickets to Events

✔ 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

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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.

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

Long-term Fundraising Success

✔ 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

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Track and manage donors, attendees, and fundraiser data in real-time
Make custom receipts and automate email marketing from the dashboard
Easily integrate with select 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.

Donation Collection

✔  Accept Venmo

✔  Transparent Fees

✔  Form Customization

Accept Venmo
Transparent Fees
Form Customization


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+ 30¢ / transaction 

+ $0 / month

Pricing of Givebutter's Fundraise product is closest in relevance to Kickstarter.

✔ Fees are transparent to donors

✔ Has a free tier

✔ Pricing is transparent

✔ Average campaign keeps 99.5%

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+ 20¢ / transaction

+ $0 / month

Pledges under $10 have a discounted micropledge fee of 5% + $0.05 per pledge

Based on standard pricing for GoFundMe

𝗫 Can be tax-deductible

𝗫 No free tier

𝗫 Pricing is not transparent

𝗫 Average campaign has a 56% success rate

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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.

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.

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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
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.
Sue Rosenstock
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!
Katherine Najera Villeda
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.
David Wong
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!
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.
Daniel Lowe
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.
Daphne Pariser
Humans for Education

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