Which Fundraising Site Has the Lowest Fees?

| 2 min read Fundraising Strategy

Are you trying to work out which crowdfunding platform is best for you? Just like choosing a bank or a mortgage lender, you need to look closely at the fees charged as they can vary widely and can ultimately mean a big cut in your money before it even reaches you or the beneficiaries who need it most.

So, in answer to the question “Which fundraising site has the lowest fees?”

Do a bit of research!

One of the most important factors in deciding which crowdfunding platform to use is the site’s fee. Will your donations have a platform fee deducted before the money even gets to you? Or does the platform run on optional tips given by generous donors?

At GoFundMe, we’re powered by donors™. This means that you get to keep even more of the money you raise. And unlike other fundraising sites, we have the industry’s first and only donor protection guarantee as well as round the clock, 7 days a week customer service.

So before you start your fundraiser, have a look at the online fundraising market and make an informed decision.

Crowdfunding platform fee comparisons

Please note that fees can sometimes be difficult to break down. For example, every crowdfunding platform pays third parties a per-payment transaction processing fee. However, while some platforms include those charges in their platform fees, others separate platform and processing fees. With that in mind, here’s a comparison of fees by platform.


Platform fee: 0% or 5%, depending on the model you choose

Processing fee: 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction

Read more about FundRazr fees.


Platform fee: 0%

Processing fee: 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction

Read more about GoFundMe fees.


Platform fee: 5%

Processing fee: 3% plus $0.30 per transaction; a $25  fee may apply

Read more about Indiegogo fees.


Platform fee: 3%–5% of funds raised

Processing fee: 2.4% to 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction

Premium and enterprise models with advanced features and service available

Read more about CrowdRise fees.


Platform fee: 4.9% of funds raised (with automatic discounts for “larger fundraisers”)

Processing fee: 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction

Read more about Fundly fees.

Pick the best fundraising site for your personal needs

Now that you can see which fundraising site has the lowest fees, are you ready to get started?

Create your fundraiser!