5 of the Best Crowdfunding Sites for Charitable Giving

Websites Where You Can Make a Difference

Giving to charity online through crowdfunding has been a resounding success, with dozens of giving sites scattered across the web. Why? Because they help all types of donors to quickly and conveniently find worthy causes to support. 

Crowdfunding sites bring together many charities in one place, so a potential donor does not have to hop around looking for individual charities. And nonprofits, whatever their size, can find a home where they can reach donors quickly. 

Many small charities use these sites because they are reasonably priced, provide widgets that they can put on their homepages, and just make it easier to raise funds.

Besides accepting donations charities, many online giving sites invite individuals to set up personalized fundraising campaigns for their favorite causes or even to help other people. In turn, charities can run their peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns through these sites.

Here are several of the most popular charitable giving websites that provide information about many charities and causes. They are terrific places to start your journey towards a lifetime of charitable giving or to experience the joy of fundraising yourself.

Network for Good

People using Network for Good to fundraise.
Network for Good

Besides powering many online giving sites, Network for Good has its own website where donors can give to their favorite charities, keep all their giving records in one place, and spread the word about those charities to friends.

For nonprofits, Network for Good is a cost-effective way to process donations online. Nonprofits can set up branded pages and put donate widgets on their websites. 

Network for Good provides many valuable services to its nonprofit clients, including software for donor management and peer-to-peer fundraising.

Network for Good also has a terrific educational program through its blog and webinars More

Razoo

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Razoo

A "razoo" is a coin of the smallest value. This site believes that it doesn't take millions of dollars to make a difference. The greatest opportunities for change lie in the hands of everyday philanthropists who want to help others.

Donors can search for charities, donate quickly, and set up personal fundraising pages for the cause of their choice. Razoo makes it easy to spread the word through social media.

Nonprofits can use Razoo to process donations both from the Razoo site and from their websites, using the donate widget, for a modest transaction fee. They can even set up special campaigns through Razoo. More

Charity Navigator

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Charity Navigator

If you'd rather be safe than sorry about your charitable contributions and enjoy a bit of research, try donating through Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator rates charities based on very strict criteria that include financial health, transparency, and accountability. Plus, there is a trove of useful information including the ratings for listed charities, ranging from one to four stars.

You can research and then donate through Charity Navigator's Giving Basket. Pick one or more charities, set up monthly giving if you wish and get a receipt, all for a modest processing fee. You can also click through to the website of any charity that gets your interest.

On the home page of Charity Navigator, find links to useful articles and guidelines, plus lists of featured charities that frequently change. These are often tied to hot charitable themes, issues, or emergencies. 

Subscribe to Charity Navigator's email list so you can stay up on charitable issues and alerts.

You can search for charities by name or category. If you want to find a reputable charity that helps dogs, look for animal charities. If you have a charity in mind, check to see if it has a rating.

Not all charities are listed at Charity Navigator, only those 501(c)(3) charities that have been checked out and rated. It is not a comprehensive and exhaustive list of charities. Also, Charity Navigator focuses on larger nonprofits, so you may not find your favorite local charity on the list More

Generosity by Indiegogo

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Generosity by Indiegogo

Indiegogo has become a darling of crowdfunding over the past few years. Until recently, the postings included startups raising money, individuals raising money for a new idea, and charitable causes by individuals or nonprofits.

Now, the philanthropic opportunities appear on another site called Generosity.  Here you'll find fundraising for a cause by a person, groups raising money for a charity, charities that have created a campaign, and more. All of it is about helping others. You can contribute or start a campaign of your own. More

Crowdrise

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Crowdrise

Crowdrise is the answer to Millennial fundraising. Started just a few years ago by actor Ed Norton and his friends, Crowdrise turned fundraising on its ear. No fussiness here. Just lots of fun, jazzy copy, cool photos and a horde of fundraisers.

Recently Crowdrise was acquired by GoFundMe, a crowdfunding site with massive success in raising money for people and projects. Going forward, Crowdrise will be the charity site and GoFundMe the place to go for personal fundraisers.

On either of these sites, individuals or charities can set up a fundraiser site in minutes. If you're not interested in fundraising yourself but want to find some great organizations and causes to give to, Crowdrise may be the place for you. More