- by Bergeron
- June 15, 2018
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Crowdfunding websites are a huge part of today’s Internet culture. You’ve probably heard of them or seen your friends share them on Facebook. These websites help people raise money online. Some of the most popular reasons for setting up a crowdfunding campaign include kicking off a creative project, covering medical bills, or starting a business. GoFundMe is the most well-known crowdfunding website, but it’s not the only one out there. There are other sites you can use that have some advantages over GoFundMe. Check out these five alternatives.
Patreon is a subscription-based website for creative minds. Instead of a one-time donation, patrons pledge on a monthly basis. Alternatively, if the creator doesn’t produce content frequently enough to justify charging monthly, Patreon also allows for per-project or per-update donations. In exchange for their support, patrons gain access to exclusive content and downloads. The platform has made it possible for many YouTubers, podcasters, and comic artists to make a living doing what they love.
Have you ever been on a website and seen sidebar buttons that read ‘Buy Me A Coffee’, ‘Buy Me A Tea’ or ‘Buy Me A Hot Coco?’ Those are all thanks to Ko-Fi. The default donation is $3 – roughly the cost of a coffee. If the donor wants, they can purchase multiple “coffees” or choose to have their donation occur on a monthly basis. These small gestures of kindness show support for content creators of all kinds.
Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform that enables inventors and entrepreneurs to make their visions a reality. Entrepreneurs can start a campaign to raise capital for their business. Successful campaigns have raised millions of dollars in funding. Additionally, Indiegogo provides its users with expert support to help make campaigns more successful. Another perk is that donors can get a gift from the company they’re supporting. Usually the thank-you gifts are tiered, with a better gift for a higher donation amount. This model can help encourage people to donate since they’ll get something back.
You’ve probably heard of Kickstarter, which provides a firm foundation for indie projects. Kickstarter campaigns last approximately one month. They start out with a set goal – however much the creators think will fund their entire project – and are only produced if they hit their fundraising goal. If the project doesn’t reach the goal by the end of the campaign, none of the donors are charged. Many video games, books, crafts and films were started on Kickstarter. Two of the most famous movies funded by Kickstarter campaigns are the Veronica Mars movie (2014), starring Kristen Bell, and Obvious Child (2014), which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
Fundly is an all-purpose crowdfunding site used by creative and non-creative people alike. Fundly also has an option for nonprofits. Out of all of these platforms, Fundly has the most variety. People can create campaigns raising money for pets, travel, medical bills, creative projects, clubs, and more. It’s very similar to Kickstarter, however, fundraiser time limits can be extended depending on the cause.
No matter the need, there are many GoFundMe alternatives. Most are geared towards content creators, but these sites serve people of all backgrounds and needs. Crowdfunding is a revolutionary form of assistance that allows people to forego loans, and instead find relief and support through the kindness of friends, family, and even strangers. Thanks to them, hundreds upon thousands of new products and services are available that wouldn’t be otherwise, and countless people have received financial assistance in their times of need.
If you’re trying to raise money in a crowdfunding campaign, we recommend checking out all of these GoFundMe alternatives so you can find the platform that’s best for your fundraising goals and needs.
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