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What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a method of getting finance by sourcing small amounts from a relatively large number of people rather than getting large amounts from one or a few.

This allows individuals or organisations to source funds from anyone via a website or crowdfunding ‘platform’.

Donation Crowdfunding

The donation model of crowdfunding is a means for individuals’ or charities to raise money for social or charitable projects, to gather a community online and to enable them to donate to a project.

Which site should I use?

It really depends on your own preferences and circumstances.

The sites are generally easy to use but check the cost of using the platform and their processing fees.

It is recommended to browse the sites first, so you can find out which one is the best for your own needs.

Here, we have outlined a few crowdfunding sites, but there are a lot more out there.

Some crowdfunding sites specialise while others are more general.

So if you don’t find the right site for you, don’t worry!  Keep looking there are plenty out there.

These are examples of what you can expect from crowdfunding websites:


What's great about Kickstarter?

  • Has set project categories and aims.  Projects must create something to share with others.
  • No time limit but project completion dates may be listed
  • Detailed profiles for projects.
  • Accept all methods of payment (except Paypal)

What are the negatives?

  • Fundraising must fit into one of the categories - so no general charity fundraising
  • It is "all-or-nothing" - If you don't reach your target you receive nothing.


  • 5% of total if you are successful in reaching your target
  • 3% payment process fee + 20p per pledge
  • If pledge is under £10 charge is 5% payment process fee + 0.05p per pledge.
  • If you are unsuccessful in reaching your fundraising target there is no fee.

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What's great about SpaceHive?

  • Detailed profiles to attract people to your project.
  • Free to upload projects.
  • All projects are verified by an advisor before they are made ‘live’, where you can ask questions and will be informed of any problems with your project (if there are any).
  • Spacehive will connect projects to individuals, councils, companies and grant makers who may be able to fund them.
  • People can donate by either credit or debit card.
  • No time limit to reach target.

What are the negatives?       

  • The funding is “all-or-nothing”- you either make 100% or you make nothing. If people have already donated, and you fail to make the target, they will be refunded.
  • You can only raise as much money as you originally ask for.


  • 5% of total raised is automatically charged for using this site (if you reach target).
  • Transaction fees work out roughly to 1-3.4%
  • If you are unsuccessful in reaching your fundraising target there is no fee.

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Just Giving Crowdfunding

What's great about Just Giving?   

  • Free to create and manage page
  • No time limit to reach fundraising target
  • The funding is "keep it all". You don't have to reach your fundraising target to get the money.
  • People can donate by either credit card, debit card, Paypal and foreign currencies.
  • Used widely for personal causes including health and medical issues such as buying a wheelchair or paying for surgery.
  • Contributors able to leave messages of support.

What are the negatives?

  • Just Giving has been criticised in the press for it's charges.
  • Pages run for a maximum of one year.


  • 5% of donation and card processing fees (1.25 to 2.9%)

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