The best online fundraising platforms for charities

We list some of the best cheap and free online fundraising platforms for charities.

Chloe Green | 24th Sep 18

There has been an explosion in the number of dedicated online fundraising plaforms for fundraising, letting charities and their supporters quickly and effectively raise money. But not all of them are free to use, or as cost effective for charities.

JustGiving was one of the first online fundraising platforms, having collected over £4 billion for charities since its launch in 2001. But the company deducts a 5% fee from each donation made through the site and charges a monthly fee for charities. The other go-to platform, Virgin Money Giving, charges a £150 fee to register.

There are alternatives platforms that take a much smaller cut from donations and do not charge a subscription fee. Some have slightly different models, or are aimed at certain types of fundraising. We explored a few below that you might now know about.

 

BT MyDonate

MyDonate is a non-profit fundraising platform funded solely by BT. The service allows people to register to give money to charity or collect fundraising donations.

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Membership fee: None
What charities get for a £10 donation:
Processing Fee 1.3% credit card, 15p debit card
Gift Aid Yes
Service Fee None
Total To Charity £12.35
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GoFundMe

Set up by PayPal Giving Fund, GoFundMe allows people to donate through PayPal to charities of their choice and set up fundraising pages. Charities have to be registered in PayPal’s directory first.

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Membership fee:
What charities get for a £10 donation:
Processing Fee 2.9%
Gift Aid Yes
Service Fee None
Total To Charity £12.35
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Givey

Businesses can run match-funding schemes where they can match each employee donation up to double the amount raised, and the platform offers free marketing support for charities.

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Membership fee:
What charities get for a £10 donation:
Processing Fee 5%
Gift Aid No (but charities can claim it themselves from Givey's data)
Service Fee
Total To Charity £9.50
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Wonderful.org

There is no membership or subscription charge, and no card or processing fees. Instead, these costs are met by the Wonderful Organisation’s philanthropic corporate sponsors. The platform is still fairly small-scale, with under 600 charities listed so far.

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Membership fee:
What charities get for a £10 donation:
Processing Fee None
Gift Aid Yes
Service Fee
Total To Charity £12.50
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GlobalGiving

Global Giving is a non-profit organisation that allows people to build free fundraising webpages, as well as connecting charity projects with corporate fundraising opportunities and CSR initiatives. Provides corporate and match-funding opportunities, plus training, support and tools for charities.

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Membership fee:
What charities get for a £10 donation:
Processing Fee 3%
Gift Aid Yes
Service Fee 5-7%
Total To Charity £11.25
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The Good Exchange

The Good Exchange is a non-profit bringing projects requiring funding to those with grants to give via transparent automated matching with corporate foundations, businesses and individuals. Each project can also receive public donations.

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Membership fee:
What charities get for a £10 donation:
Processing Fee 5%
Gift Aid Yes
Service Fee
Total To Charity £11.80
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LocalGiving

Localgiving is a fundraising plaform aimed specifically at local charities, with the ability for fundraisers to set up their own pages, and for local charities to engage businesses for funding partnerships. Corporate partners can support charities or individual campaigns, and Localgiving also provides match funding, as well as other regional grant programmes, fundraising advice, help and support.

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Membership fee: £96 per year
What charities get for a £10 donation:
Processing Fee 1% plus 10p for debit cards
Gift Aid Yes
Service Fee 5-7%
Total To Charity £11.67
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CAF Donate

Built by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), With CAF Donate you can create online donation forms and buttons and easily add them to your website, emails and Facebook pages. You’ll first need to sign up for CAF’s reporting tool, CAF Charity Dashboard, but then you get access to in-depth reports about your campaigns, donors and donations.

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Membership fee:
What charities get for a £10 donation:
Processing Fee 3.6%
Gift Aid Yes
Service Fee
Total To Charity £12.05
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