Fundraising once meant stuffing envelopes and ringing doorbells. Thanks to the internet, organizers and fundraisers can now reach limitless supporters to fund a cause, make a dream a reality, or help those who are in need. Below are a few examples of top fundraising websites.
MyEvent.com offers everything you need to build your own fundraising website. With MyEvent.com you can launch a site to raise money for a loved one, fund a private cause, or to support a recognized charity. You can host online auctions, sell tickets and accept donations with the help of customer service available seven days a week. MyEvent.com offers a free trial, and membership plans available at several price points beginning at $19.95 for a month.
Named one of the top 25 best global philanthropists by Barron’s, Crowdrise.com is changing the way people support charities. Global and personal causes are well-represented, so there is truly something for everyone on Crowdrise.com. Started in 2009 by a group of philanthropists including actor Edward Norton, Crowdrise.com is a hub for every cause imaginable, from grass-roots concerns to global issues concerning health and quality of life. Incentives and contests make contributing via Crowdrise a unique and fun experience.
Donorchoose.org is a site where teachers from around the country post requests for items needed for their classrooms. Teachers frequently spend their own money on everything from basic items for their classrooms that may not be covered in a school budget, to special
project supplies or technological equipment. Individuals can ease that burden by contributing funds on Donorchoose.org. Donors are able to search by topic related to a special need such as Learning Disability, for needs considered most urgent, or for a specific requested item such as Kindle Fire or area rug. Some especially needy regions in the country are represented, such as South Carolina. Donors can contribute as little as $1 towards a request. Those who donate at least $50 will receive a personal letter of thanks from the students.
Kickstarter.com is a New York City-based site that aims to join creators with supporters who believe in their artistic visions. Donors, or backers, pledge support to projects they believe have a chance at succeeding. Every project has a specific funding goal and deadline. If the goal is met by the deadline all the backers’ credit cards are charged. If the goal is not met in time, no one is charged. Kickstarter.com welcomes creative artistic projects and projects in technology. Kickstarter.com does not provide a forum for charities. Minimal processing fees apply to projects that are successfully funded.