Top 7 GoFundMe alternatives: Why you shouldn’t use GoFundMe

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Top 7 GoFundMe alternatives: Why you shouldn’t use GoFundMe

GoFundMe may be the world’s largest social fundraising platform for individuals, teams, and nonprofits — but that doesn’t mean it’s the right option when you need to raise money. 

GoFundMe allows individuals, teams, and nonprofit organizations to fund community projects, personal causes, and other worthwhile goals. The platform has plenty of draws, like name recognition, no platform fees, and quick campaign setup. 

But you can’t write off the drawbacks, particularly for nonprofits.

There’s no event or ticket functionality, and the donation form is limited and lackluster. Plus, GoFundMe is missing tools that you need to keep supporters around for the long haul. You can’t export a list of your donors or easily dive into campaign data to improve future fundraising efforts. 

So, how do GoFundMe alternatives stack up? Below, we’ll go over the fees and features of seven popular crowdfunding platforms.

Check out these 7 GoFundMe alternatives

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See if any of these contenders line up with your fundraising needs: 

1. Givebutter

Givebutter is our free online fundraising software, and it leaves the other GoFundMe alternatives in the dust:

  • Create and personalize beautiful, engaging fundraising pages that shine the spotlight on your story and supporters. 
  • Collect donations online and in-person with ease. Givebutter enables cash, check, credit and debit card, Venmo, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and even text-to-donate payments.
  • Sell a variety of ticket types and manage events, from livestream campaigns to international walk-a-thons. 
  • Use our one-click social sharing tools and hundreds of software integrations to promote your campaign far and wide. 

Best of all, there’s no laundry list of fees to sift through. The platform is free and unique — and your supporters have the option to cover your payment processing fees. A whopping 95% of Givebutter donors choose to do so, ensuring you get every cent of their donation. The average Givebutter campaign keeps 99.5% of what they raise.

All this combines to make Givebutter less of a GoFundMe alternative and more like a GoFundMe upgrade.

Givebutter overview 

What are the fees? 

  • Payment processing fee: 2.9% + $0.30 transaction fee, which Givebutter donors can cover for you (95% do).

Is it an all-or-nothing model? No. You keep the contributions you earn from your supporters.

How long can campaigns last? Unlimited. 

Can you fundraise for charity? Absolutely! 

2. Kickstarter

Kickstarter puts users on the fast track to their fundraising goal — with one small caveat. Its crowdfunding platform can only be used for creative projects. As a result, Kickstarter’s wildly successful campaigns mostly stem from video, published works, food, games, tech gadgets, and other artistic endeavors. Nonprofits and other groups can use it for fundraising, but they must produce a shareable work or experience

Creators make a campaign page that brings their concept to life, set a funding target, and offer their supporters (called “backers”) meaningful rewards for their contributions. After your idea is screened and approved, backers pay with a credit card and follow progress on your project page, online or via the mobile app. 

Most importantly, a Kickstarter campaign is all or nothing. You have to raise (or exceed) the amount you requested, or you walk away without any funds. While this might be an inspiring goal for some users, it could be a dealbreaker for an individual or nonprofit in need of critical project revenue. 

All of Kickstarter’s fees add up to 8% plus 20 cents per transaction, some of the highest for a crowdfunding platform and significantly more than GoFundMe, which has similar features.

Kickstarter overview

What are the fees? 

  • Kickstarter service fee: 5% of funds raised 
  • Payment processing fee: 3-5% + $0.20 per transaction  

Is it an all-or-nothing model? Yes. If you don’t meet your goal, all the funds are returned to your supporters. 

How long can campaigns last? 1-60 days.

Can you fundraise for charity? Not exactly. Funds must be used to create a new and shareable project, not for general fundraising. 

Why Givebutter is better: Anyone can use Givebutter to raise money, not just creators. We support over 15,000 individuals, nonprofits, startups, sports teams, and student organizations. Campaigns have no time limit and little to no fees.

3. Fundly

Fundly is online fundraising software that gives anyone the ability to put together personalized pages. Causes can range from personal medical bills, creative projects, and political projects to annual fundraising pushes for clubs and sports teams

It may be a straightforward option, but it doesn’t come cheap. Fundly’s costs actually edge out Kickstarter, at roughly 8% plus 30 cents per transaction between the platform fee and transaction fee. 

These high costs aren’t necessarily reflected in the product. Fundly’s donation pages are plain and transactional, and there’s no mobile app available in the App Store or Google Play Store. That said, you can easily add some color with photos, videos, and an engaging description of your cause. Once your page is created, you get access to basic email sending features and social network sharing to promote your campaign. 

Fundly lets you keep all the money you raise regardless of your goal status, so this could offer some cost savings. Incentivize giving with special contribution levels and a built-in merchandise creator. 

Fundly overview

What are the fees? 

  • Fundly platform fee: 4.9% per transaction 
  • Payment processing fee: 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction

Is it an all-or-nothing model? No. You keep the funds you successfully raise. 

How long can campaigns last? Unlimited. 

Can you fundraise for charity? Yes.

Why Givebutter is better: You’ll get all of Fundly’s functionality and more with none of the fees. Givebutter campaign pages are interactive and engaging by design. We also support 1,000+ integrations, so you can enhance your account with powerful apps. 

4. Indiegogo

Indiegogo was launched in 2007 as one of the first crowdfunding websites and it’s still providing a flexible way to raise funds. Indiegogo is a hybrid of the keep-it-all campaign and the all-or-nothing campaign, so you control your experience. 

The platform supports for-profit campaigns, campaigns benefitting nonprofit organizations or nonprofit beneficiaries, campaigns for products, and more. Where most fundraising sites only take credit card, Indiegogo takes credit and debit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. That addition automatically widens your audience of potential backers. 

With Indiegogo, you’ll ultimately end up paying a high 8% plus 30-cent transaction fee that’s on par with Kickstarter and Fundly. However, this particular site also offers campaign success tools, like pre-launch support, ongoing promotion programs, and distribution help.

As for restrictions, Indiegogo cannot be used for personal causes, such as medical expenses, travel, and disaster relief.

Indiegogo overview

What are the fees? 

  • Indiegogo platform fee: 5% of funds raised 
  • Payment processing fee: 3% + $0.30 per transaction
  • Bank transfer fee: May be applied

Is it an all-or-nothing model? It’s optional. You can choose to keep your funds or return them if you don’t meet your goal. 

How long can campaigns last? 1-60 days. 

Can you fundraise for charity? Yes.

Why Givebutter is better: Individuals and groups can use Givebutter to raise funds for personal reasons. Unlike Indiegogo’s high cost, the average fee for a Givebutter campaign is just 0.5%. You get all the same payment methods, plus Venmo, text-to-donate, and more.

5. Bonfire

Odds are that you’ve participated in or contributed to a T-shirt fundraising campaign. They’re super easy and cost-effective, leaving supporters with a tangible token of gratitude (and hopefully a cool design to show off). Bonfire saw the classic T-shirt campaign and designed an entire crowdfunding site around it. 

With a free Bonfire account, you can raise money by designing and selling custom T-shirts, or set up a full online merchandise store. All profits go directly to the seller, while Bonfire handles product distribution after the campaign ends.

Although it’s user-friendly, Bonfire lacks in-house email, social media, or SMS text promotional tools and also doesn’t provide you with supporter information. 

On top of your product sales, you can enable fundraising. However, there’s an 8% per-transaction fee for these tips and donations. Fees for verified nonprofits are lowered to 3.5%. Bonfire doesn’t facilitate individual donor receipts either, so users miss out on an important opportunity to thank each supporter.

Bonfire overview

What are the fees? 

  • Donation fee: For individuals, there’s an 8% transaction fee for additional donations. For verified 501(c)(3) nonprofits, the payment processing fee drops to 3.5%. 
  • Shipping fee: May apply after five T-shirts. 

Is it an all-or-nothing model? No. You keep the profits and additional contributions you raise.

How long can campaigns last? 2-21 days. 

Can you fundraise for charity? Yes. 

Why Givebutter is better: Givebutter is a fundamentally different platform than Bonfire. You can easily sell merchandise using our 70+ features, but it’s also possible to run events, set up recurring donations, and collect donor info. And we don’t penalize giving by charging extra fees for tips and donations. 

6. Classy 

Classy is a robust fundraising tool designed for nonprofit and social groups. From customizable donation pages and ticketed events to peer-to-peer fundraising and reporting, this site covers the bases for most users. 

Campaign pages are professional, immersive, and highly customizable. Users can easily populate different sections and blocks with compelling images and stories. It only lacks a few small touches, like Google Maps or an Add to Calendar button. Another noticeable oversight is that users can’t embed their donation form on their website. 

Classy accepts credit card payments and supports more than 130 currencies. Unfortunately, on the user side of things, Classy’s pricing is a guessing game. 

To get a quote or demo the platform, you’ll have to fill out a form and wait to speak with a representative. (For context, you can scroll through a Givebutter fundraiser demo and events demo right now.) Some third-party sites estimate Classy’s membership fees to start at $499 per month before credit card processing fees. That makes it a costly GoFundMe alternative.

Classy overview

What are the fees? 

  • Classy platform fee: Estimated to start at $500 per month 
  • Payment processing fee: 1.0-5.9% + $0.30 per transaction via Stripe

Is it an all-or-nothing model? No. You keep the donations you successfully raise.

How long can campaigns last? No specified limit.

Can you fundraise for charity? Yes. 

Why Givebutter is better: Givebutter is completely transparent about its costs and available features. It’s free to sign up and easy to get started quickly, unlike creating a Classy account. As for donor experience, Givebutter wins out. For one example, check out our popular live Supporter Feed

7. Patreon 

Patreon proves that a fandom is a powerful force for raising money. This online fundraising site allows fans and supporters (known as “patrons”) to pledge a monthly amount to their favorite creators. 

Although it’s best known for the YouTube and podcast creators monetizing their content, Patreon is open to nonprofits, too. In fact, it’s a convenient way to increase the amount of recurring donors a nonprofit can rely on. 

Set up different monthly membership tiers, with different pledges for different levels of access to content and other perks. For the most part, it’s a win-win. Creators produce the content they care about, and supporters can take pride in supporting a good cause while getting an inside look. 

The fee structure isn’t quite as inviting. You can accept credit card and PayPal, a well-known global payment processor. Per your plan, Patreon takes a specific cut of your monthly earnings and collects credit card fees and occasional payout fees.

Patreon overview

What are the fees?

  • Patreon platform fee: 5-12% of your monthly income
  • Payment processing fee: 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction (payments over $3) or a 5% + $0.10 per transaction (payments under $3)
  • Payout fee: $0.25 or 1% per transfer to your bank account

Is it an all-or-nothing model? No. You keep the contributions you earn from your supporters.

How long can campaigns last? Unlimited. 

Can you fundraise for charity? Yes. 

Why Givebutter is better: Givebutter adds flexibility and removes fees. You can offer convenient recurring donations that repeat monthly, quarterly, or annually, and supporters have many more ways to pay.

Better together

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Done correctly, a crowdfunding campaign can draw hundreds and thousands of supporters. No matter the cause, the potential to make a big impact is huge — and it all starts with the right platform. GoFundMe, and the GoFundMe alternatives we’ve covered, might get you part of the way. But only Givebutter provides the toolset for long-term fundraising success. See the difference when you create your first campaign today.

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Rachel Mills
Rachel is a fundraising and marketing consultant for nonprofits whose aspiration since she was 16-years-old is simply this: help others, help others.