The following list of 15 crowdfunding sites covers the most popular ones like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, as well as a batch of specialized sites that focus on particular types of campaigns or startup ventures. Take a look and find the one that will work best for your idea, project, or cause.
Kickstarter is a site where creative projects raise donation-based funding. These projects can range from new creative products, like an art installation, to a cool watch, to pre-selling a music album. It’s not for businesses, causes, charities, or personal financing needs. Kickstarter is one of the earlier platforms, and has experienced strong growth and many break-out large campaigns in the last few years.
While Kickstarter maintains a tighter focus and curates the creative projects approved on its site, Indiegogo approves donation-based fundraising campaigns for most anything — music, hobbyists, personal finance needs, charities and whatever else you could think of (except investment). They have had international growth because of their flexibility, broad approach and their early start in the industry.
Crowdfunder is the crowdfunding platform for businesses, with a growing social network of investors, tech startups, small businesses, and social enterprises (financially sustainable/profitable businesses with social impact goals).
Crowdfunder offers a blend of donation-based and investment crowdfunding from individuals and angel investors, and was a leading participant in the JOBS Act legislation. The company has localized crowdfunding and investment to help develop entrepreneurial ecosystems and access to capital outside Silicon Valley. Its unique CROWDFUNDx initiative in cities across the US and Mexico connects local investors with local entrepreneurs both online and offline, and does the work to validate top local companies in each city across the US and Mexico.
Rockethub powers donation-based funding for a wide variety of creative projects.
What’s unique about RocketHub is their FuelPad and LaunchPad programs that help campaign owners and potential promotion and marketing partners connect and collaborate for the success of a campaign.
Crowdrise is a place for donation-based funding for Causes and Charity. They’ve attracted a community of do-gooders and and fund all kinds of inspiring causes and needs.
A unique Points System on Crowdrise helps track and reveal how much charitable impact members and organizations are making.
If you want to build the next new mobile app and are seeking donation-based funding to get things off the ground or growing, then check out appbackr and their niche community for mobile app development.
If you’re a tech startup with a shiny lead investor already signed on, or looking for for Silicon Valley momentum, then there are angels and institutions finding investments through AngelList. For a long while AngelList didn’t say that they did crowdfunding,but now they’re getting into the game. The accredited investors and institutions on AngelList have been funding a growing number of select tech startup deals.
You might want to create your own crowdfunding community to support donation-based fundraising for a specific group or niche in the market.Invested.in is a Venice, CA based company that is a top name “white label” software provider, giving you the tools to get started and grow your own.
If you’re an inventor, maker, or tinkerer of some kind then Quirky is a place to collaborate and crowdfund for donation-based funding with a community of other like-minded folks. Their site digs deeper into helping the process of bringing an invention or product to life, allowing community participation in the process.
Peoplefund.it recently partnered with Crowdfunder to create a powerhouse for crowdfunding in the U.K. — posing a challenge to Kickstarter’s entry into that country. Peoplefund.it now reaches more than 2 million users in the U.K. The site started out as a way for charities to raise money and has since turned into a platform for British entrepreneurs, which functions just like Kickstarter.
Smallknot takes a slightly different approach to crowdfunding than Kickstarter. Launched this summer, Smallknot serves as a platform for users to invest in small business in their community. It functions the same way as Kickstarter — relying on an all-or-nothing funding model — but the goal is to help build a relationship between users and their local businesses.
Gambitious has tweaked the Kickstarter model slightly and applied it specifically to video games. For starters, rather than allow anyone to launching a crowdfunding campaign on the site, the staff at Gambitious actually meets with the game creators to vet their business plan. Beyond that, Gambitious ditches the rewards model and instead offers donors a share of the game’s profits if it’s successful.
Orange County’s new crowdfunding site. Fund projects in your community.
Medstartr is taking the Kickstarter idea and applying it to an area that had previously been overlooked by the crowdfunding wave: health care. The site serves as a platform to pitch and raise money for medical tech.
Some musicians — most notably, Amanda Palmer — have found success funding their albums through Kickstarter, but GigFunder wants to help these artists solve a different problem. GigFunder lets fans launch crowdfunding campaigns to pay for their favorite small bands to go on tour in their hometown.