In no particular order I welcome you to the top 10 crowdfunding reward websites list. Having worked in the field of crowdfunding since 2009 I have enjoyed watching the number of new crowdfunding websites pop up every year. The websites below and have been made it to this list based on their current alexa.com ranking.
If you contribute money on one of the top 10 crowdfunding websites, you’re putting money directly in the pockets of artists, designers, and volunteers. There is no middle man, which helps to limit overhead, and you’re supporting the causes most important to you. If you’re an entrepreneur, you can find the financial support you need to make your dream product become a reality without trying to secure a costly loan. Crowdfunding is a win-win situation for consumers, investors, business owners, and volunteers alike.
San Diego-based GoFundMe is one of the larger crowdfunding websites around with more than $105 million raised since 2010. Like RocketHub, you get to keep donations even if you don’t meet your goal, and you’ll pay a low transaction fee of just 2.9 percent plus 30 cents through WePay.
Perhaps the crowdfunding website people are most familiar with, Kickstarter focuses on creative projects, so volunteer organizations will want to look elsewhere. Kickstarter charges 5 percent on every successful fundraising campaign, but only U.S. citizens can apply, well actually this has changed, currently open to the UK, USA, Australia and Canada.
Indiegogo covers everything from health and technology to music and film. Like many crowdfunding sites, Indiegogo is based in California, but it lets creators keep their funds if they don’t meet their goals. Basic fees start at 4 percent for donations and 3 percent for credit card processing, you’ll also have to pay an additional 9 percent if you fail to meet your goal.
RocketHub’s partnership with A&E gives it a ton of exposure, which means your crowdfunding campaigns could reach millions of TV viewers for free. Transaction fees are low at just 4 percent. You’ll pay a reasonable 4 percent commission if you reach your goal, and while you’ll pay an 8 percent commission if you don’t reach your goal, you get to keep the donations.
Some sites focus on specific niches. If you’re an aspiring songwriter or singer, you’ll want to check out PledgeMusic if you haven’t been able to secure a deal with one of the big record labels. Though based in the UK, PledgeMusic caters to a global audience and charges a flat 15 percent fee. However, you won’t get paid unless you reach your crowdfunding goal.
What if you could make your own crowdfunding site? That’s the simple premise behind Invested.in, which provides the software to make your own fundraising community. You’ll enjoy a level of freedom that you can’t find anywhere else.
Fundanything is a crowdfunding website developed and backed by business tycoons Bill Zanker and Donald Trump. The website helps users raise money for causes and takes a percentage of the cash based on whether the project meets its goals or not. There preferred payment methods are paypal and stripe.
Pozible is Australian based website which has recently launched in the UK and USA. They charge a flat fee of 5% for standard projects and Credit / Debit Cards attract a 2.4% + 30c (Australian card) / 3.4% + 30c (international card) for each transaction. The projects must reach their goal or they will not receive their funding amounts. Founders are creatives Alan Crabbe and Rick Chen.
idea.me are a Latin American crowdfunding platform, their motto ”Together we empower talent and social causes in our region”. They offer all in or nothing and flexible funding options with a standard 5% fee on the total amount raised.
Crowdtilt are on the the cheaper fee options, charging only 2.5% per on total raised and contributors are charged a 2.5% credit card fee. They claim “their fees are offset by better results for everyone—the average campaign on Crowdtilt raises 188% over its tilt amount.”
- If your a crowdfunding website and I missed you out from this list then why not contact me here and we maybe able to add you to our founders corner.
I must say my enthusiasm for maintaining this blog is alive, although my time at maintaining it is limited.
I have underestimated my current commitments and I’m sorry this blog has been a little quiet. This week I will be visiting San Francisco, San Diego and Las Vegas, and hopefully after this time my time will be a little free.
Happy crowdfunding and keep this space marked.
This is a well over due post and due to many reasons crowdfunding.info has become a bit of an archive for crowdfunding information. That is all about to change as crowdfunding.info is set to write informative posts on crowdfunding 101, new article features, research statistics on crowdfunding and a few little surprises along the way.
For now a little break is in deserve and team crowdfunding.info wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year for 2013!