With the rise of online fundraising websites, these fundraising apps for smartphones have become the go-to choice for many users. Apps for fundraising from Kickstarter, JustGiving, Razoo and others are an important part of how quickly and effectively you can raise funds for your cause.
In this article, fundraising consultant Marcie Wagner looks at five of the most popular smartphone apps for online funding. Read her take on which ones are working best for individuals and groups.
Fundraising Apps for Your Smart Phone or iPhone
Whether you are a social entrepreneur, in the business of grant writing and federal grant writing, or you scurry around planning special events; there is mostly likely an app out there created to ease the way. After searching the web and reading reviews, I have selected my top five best fundraising apps which I’m happy to share with you here today.
Appappeal indicates that Kickstarter is the number one ranked funding platform for creative projects. They further say, “Kickstarter offers everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology.
Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Since its launch on April 28, 2009, over $350 million has been pledged by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 creative projects”, now that’s a kick-start!
Don’t confuse this app with Just Give. JustGiving smartly allows you to track, in real-time, what you are raising from your fundraising campaign.
Beyond that, you receive an alert each time someone makes a donation which you can then share with your contacts. Furthermore, if you know who just gave, you can thank them in real time as well! Nifty.
According to Socialbrite, you can set up a social donation page in minute’s using Rally’s fundraising platform to share your story in a new way. They further describe the app as, “Easily customize a cause donation page with your own design or use one of their templates. It rids you of the cost and burden of needing to create a merchant account for your nonprofit in order to accept donations”.
Razoo iPhone App
Socialbrite says, “Razoo enables you to manage your fundraisers and engage your donors. You can keep track of each donation, view your fundraising progress, ask people to give, and thank everyone who makes a donation”. A one-stop iPhone fundraising app!
If you are new to fundraising, this app was designed just for you. If you are a seasoned fundraising professional seeking new ideas, you will benefit from Fundraising basics as well. The app is chock full of tips and tricks of the trade.
Additionally, Fundraising Basics offers methods and information geared to save you time and avert roadblocks which inevitably pop up with any new fundraising campaign.
This is an Android app which also gives you: 10 things your fundraising plan must include, 12 things your website must tell visitors, and 6 overlooked ways to find donors – among other advice.
About The Author
Marcie L. Wagner is the founder and principal of ML Wagner Fundraising Group. With two decades of experience in professional fundraising, grant research, grant writing, and communications. Contact Marcie at http://www.wagnerfundraising.com/contactus.html and sign up for a free consultation.
More About Fundraising Online
Fundraising Challenge Ideas – One of the best ways to raise money for your cause is doing fundraising challenges, so here is a long list of fundraising challenge ideas. World record attempts, extreme fundraisers and other big challenges draw lots of interest.
Fundraising Online: Fundrazr.com – Another good site for fundraising online is Fundrazr.com, which is great for both crowdfunding and Facebook fundraising because you get your own fundraiser page plus a PayPal donation widget to use on your social media sites.
Fundraising Online: FirstGiving.com – If you are looking into fundraising online, FirstGiving.com is a great website for both non-profit groups and individuals to raise funds online for their cause. The site is completely packed with handy features like event registration, credit card processing, and instant fundraising page creation for new group members.
Fundraising Online: Causes.com – Another site for fundraising online is Causes.com, which started off as Facebook Causes back in 2007 as an advocacy and fundraising app. With 100 million users, Causes.com is one of the largest online platforms for social activism and – to some extent – online fundraising.
Fundraising Online: MyWhereAbouts.co.uk – As part of our series on fundraising online, MyWhereAbouts.co.uk offers a great charity app based on GPS tracking. While the site is based in Great Britain, their charity app concept is simply brilliant. Once started, the MyWhereAbouts GPS tracking app will automatically send updates to Facebook & Twitter detailing your performance and location information during your fundraising event. This is especially valuable for challenge fundraisers.