MobileCause Alternative

MobileCause and Givebutter can both help you raise funds via text messaging, peer-to-peer, events, and more - 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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$299+/mo

Based on standard pricing for GoFundMe
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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MobileCause’s Basics Package offers a 3.79% credit card processing fee and hidden subscription fees that can only be found on third-party websites (like this one). As a result, they are not transparent on their pricing for both nonprofits and their donors. MobileCause operates a pricing model that is tailored to each organization and you need to reach out to them to find more information.

Givebutter clearly lists 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. Usually, Givebutter offers all this for only a 1-3% platform fee + 2.9% + 30¢ processing fee with no monthly fees. However, now through December 31st, 2020, Givebutter is waiving platform fees FOR LIFE!

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Donation Collection

✔ Accept Venmo

✔ Custom URLs

✔ Dedications

✔ Scan-to-Give

✔ Text-to-Donate

✔ Custom Fields

✔ Mobile Optimized

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Accept Venmo
Custom URLs
Dedications
Scan-to-Give

✔ Text-to-Donate

✔ Custom Fields

✔ Mobile Optimized

MobileCause's basics package offers the ability to customize fields and personalized confirmation pages, but it is not clear if the basics package offers customized branding, custom donations amounts, and custom URLs.

Givebutter offers a robust online donation form. 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 and is the only fundraising platform to integrate with Venmo.

Fundraising Pages

✔ Donation GIFs, drawings, and images

✔ Personalized individual and team pages with leaderboards (P2P)

✔ Supported Feed

✔ Live streaming

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Donation GIFs, drawings, and images
Personalized individual and team pages with leaderboards (P2P)

Limited Supported Feed

✔ Live streaming

MobileCause, as its name suggests, is a platform that primarily emphasizes mobile fundraising. They offer a robust text-to-donate feature, not unlike Givebutter. MobileCause also offers some of the same features as Givebutter, such as live streaming capabilities (through their event platform), and optional goals & timelines. However, the Basics package does not offer peer-to-peer fundraising. You are not able to fully tap into your network (besides social media) for fundraising help without paying an extra fee.

Givebutter offers fundraising pages that place a much higher 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

✔ Can't Attend? Donate!

✔ Private Events

✔ Promo Codes

✔ Team Ticket Tracking

✔ Paid and Free Tickets

✔ Ticket Scanning

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Can't Attend? Donate!
Private Events
Promo Codes
Team Ticket Tracking

✔ Paid and Free Tickets

✔ Ticket Scanning

MobileCause offers event ticketing pages that also serves as the central hub of the campaign. The page includes all the necessary information including a livestream of your event. Like Givebutter, MobileCause’s check-out process consists of the capability to ask supporters to donate on top of each ticket. Unlike Givebutter, MobileCause event pages do not appear to include essential convenience plug-ins such as Google Maps and Add to Calendar buttons. Although they offer branded e-tickets/PDF tickets, it is not clear if you can sell unlimited ticket types, offer promo codes, or private events.

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.

Long-Term Fundraising Success

✔ Invite Unlimited Users with Distinct Roles and Permissions

✔ Custom Reports & Analytics

✔ Offline Donation Tracking

✔ Third-party Integrations

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Invite Unlimited Users with Distinct Roles and Permissions

Limited Reports & Analytics

✔ Offline Donation Tracking

✔ Third-party Integrations

MobileCause, simply put, does not offer a robust platform for long-term fundraising success in their Basics Package. Although they offer account and campaign reports, it appears they don’t offer the necessary detail in these reports that is beneficial for long-term fundraising success.

Givebutter stores every piece of data you collect in a secure central dashboard for you to access and utilize for future fundraisers. Givebutter provides a suite of tools, not on MobileCause, that are particularly useful for groups, nonprofits, and teams. For example, you can invite and manage roles for unlimited members, receive paper checks in the mail (as well as bank or debit transfers), and integrate with thousands of third-party apps such as Mailchimp, Quickbooks, Google Sheets, and more.

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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