Looking to step up your crowdfunding game? Then it’s time to take a deep dive into the stream of useful information you’ll find on the web’s top crowdfunding blogs.
Here’s our list of top five crowdfunding blogs, each one created by experts with a wealth of fundraising experience. Together, they’ll give you valuable tips and useful information that can make a real difference in reaching—or exceeding—your fundraising goals.
Five great crowdfunding blogs to bookmark
- Artists and other influential thinkers and makers use Patreon to create a modern system of patronage for themselves. In exchange for direct support from fans, participants reward supporters with exclusive perks and offerings.
- Since Patreon is about recurring support, it’s a useful model for organizations looking for recurring donations, or ones that run recurring fundraising campaigns.
- Take a look at the experiences and items that artists on Patreon provide to fans. They could inspire you to create new and interesting rewards for your own supporters.
- You’ll find tips and recommendations about reaching people using many types of media—video, music, podcasting, illustration, writing, games, and more. While these are the media that the artists on Patreon work in, they can also translate into effective elements of any crowdfunding campaign, including yours.
- Seedrs is a platform that allows people to raise funds for new business ventures in exchange for equity in their companies. It also makes it possible for people to invest in those businesses.
- As with other business blogs, the Seedrs blog is focused on discovering and presenting reproducible models for success in business and investing.
- You’ll find many interviews with business founders, useful tips for people new to the startup world, and technology forecasting.
- If you’re looking to start a business and thinking about crowdfunding to get it off the ground, you could get a lot from this blog.
- With a focus on alternative forms of financing for startups and other ventures, this blog provides crowdfunding industry news and insights.
- People looking to use crowdfunding in innovative ways, such as for financing new products, will find inspiration and new ideas here.
- The blog readership includes people who use crowdfunding regularly in the private sector.
4. Crowd Crux
- This blog provides basic crowdfunding tips and guidance for specific crowdfunding platforms, including Kickstarter, Kiva, and Indiegogo.
- If you’re planning on using a specific platform, Crowd Crux’s “dos and don’ts” could help you avoid pitfalls and make the most of your campaign.
5. And of course, our own GoFundMe blog
- GoFundMe is used by people raising funds for personal, medical, and charitable causes, including emergencies, medical care, adoption, education, pets, sports teams, community improvement projects, mission trips, and more.
- The GoFundMe blog is filled with helpful information, guides, and valuable tips for individuals and groups who might be new to crowdfunding or looking to take it to the next level.
- While some information is specific to the GoFundMe platform, much of it is based on fundraising principles and proven methods for crowdfunding success.
- The blog includes posts that focus on best practices for certain types of campaigns—for example, crowdfunding for pet surgery, breast cancer research, or disaster recovery. Search the blog for your specific kind of campaign and you may find advice highly targeted to you and your cause.
- Helpful topics include how to tell your story, how to build a winning fundraising team, and many other valuable resources.
Other sites with helpful crowdfunding tips
The following two resources aren’t blogs, but their community forums can be useful if you search for helpful threads and ask specific questions.
- Reddit’s crowdfunding forum: this forum allows people who are crowdfunding to communicate, share knowledge, ask questions, and get insight into how other people run their campaigns.
- Quora crowdfunding questions: Quora offers Q&A threads where novices can ask specific questions and people with experience can offer answers and insights.
The more you know, the more you can do
Anyone can start a crowdfunding campaign in seconds, but it helps to have some guidance. Crowdfunding keeps evolving, so there’s a lot to be gained from staying abreast of the latest information.
To keep up on new posts from GoFundMe, follow our blog. And if you’re looking to start crowdfunding for a personal or charitable cause, start a new campaign on GoFundMe today. GoFundMe has a 0% platform fee, and you can start withdrawing funds as soon as you begin receiving donations.