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How Much Does Crowdfunding Cost?

by Stacey W
Last Updated 07/12/2017

During the last decade, crowdfunding has become an extremely popular way to raise funds. It has launched products, provided funds for natural disaster relief, supported personal causes and helped cover medical expenses. The possibilities are unlimited.

It's usually free to create a campaign. However, platform fees can vary according to the amount raised. Factoring in these costs is very important when setting fundraising goals because fees are automatically deducted.

Crowdfunding Platform Fees 

Here’s a breakdown of what it costs to raise funds at several well-known crowdfunding sites. 

Platform fee: 0% - It's free 
Payment processing: 2.9% + $0.20 
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Platform fee: 5% on all funds raised
Payment processing: 3% + $0.30
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Platform fee: 5% (There are no fees if your campaign is not successful.) 
Payment processing: 3% + $0.20 per pledge 
Pledges under $10 have a discounted micropledge fee of 5% + $0.05 per pledge 
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Platform fee: 5%
Payment processing: 2.9% + $0.30 per donation
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Platform fee: 4.9%
Payment processing: 2.9% + $0.30/transaction
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Platform fee: 5% for personal fundraising, 4% for charity fundraising 
Payment processing: 2.9% + $0.30 
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When an accidental fire burned through the third floor and attic of an apartment complex, Colleen Fallon wanted to help her friends the Moore Family. After researching different crowd funding platforms, she chose FreeFunder because FreeFunder passes the entire donation on to the Campaign Creator, instead of taking 5% or more as other platforms do.

The Moores were unharmed in the fire, but many of their belongings were lost and they needed help getting resituated. Colleen set a goal amount of $1,482. Within 16 hours, the FreeFunder campaign had blown past that goal, already raising $2,370, as mentioned in this news article. By the end of the campaign, the fundraiser raised more than 300% of the goal amount, providing the Moore Family with $5,165 to help them rebuild.

"What an amazing thing to wake up to! ...In only 11 hours of this being created you all have seen the goal line and then hurdled it! ...Thank you to all who have donated and shared this link, everything little bit helps. I'll be seeing Marcus and Heather this weekend and can't wait to give them some hope for the future because of everyone who has shown compassion. Cheers to all!" - Colleen Fallon

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