Crowdsourcing for Nonprofits Part 1: Fundraise.com

Web version

The best thing about fundraise.com is its template.
The worst thing about fundraise.com is its template.

Its pages are clean and it is easy to locate everything you need. The important features are brightly colored and large. The mobile site is equally clean and user friendly. Setup is fast and free—a great option for small shops with small budgets and no time. The only downside? Every page tends to look the same due to the lack of styling options.

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Bonus
  • Easy to set up
  • Important buttons are brightly colored and large
  • Donation widgets available for website embedding
  • Offline donations can be added to keep the goal meter up to date and accurate
  • Can be used by anyone: groups, teams and supporters regardless of 501(c)(3) status
  • Can also be used for automated check-in and ticket sales for events
  • Goal meter and timer can be set or left off
  • Includes a Facebook fan page embedded donor form
  • FAQ section is easy to navigate
Mobile version
Cons?
  • Fundraisers can stay active past the event’s date and skew search results.
  • Preset $10 minimum donation
  • Every page looks the same—all gray, blue and gold
  • Search function is case sensitive
Details

Cost: 4.5%
Page Builder: Yes
Custom Branding: Templated customization
Support: Yes
Custom URLS: Yes but after the slash
Encryption: 256-bit SSL
Receipt: Yes
Refunds: Yes
Multiple campaigns at once: Yes
Reporting/Analytics: Yes
API integration: Yes
Social integration: Yes
Responsive Design/Mobile optimized: Yes

Visit fundraise.com to get started.

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  • fundraise (You’re here.)
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  • Fundly
  • FirstGiving
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