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Givebutter vs Kickstarter nonprofit features—there’s no comparison

Built for creatives and faithful to its mission, Kickstarter campaigns may work well for some creative nonprofit projects. But Givebutter offers so many more fundraising tools than Kickstarter for nonprofits. With Givebutter’s all-in-one fundraising solution, organizations have everything they need to fund their mission in one convenient place: fundraising pages, robust email marketing, donor management (CRM), text-to-donate, peer-to-peer fundraising, embeddable donation forms, event management tools, and auctions at no additional cost.

Ease of use
Ease of setup
Quality of support
Donation forms
Embeddable forms & donate buttons
Custom branding
Custom donation amounts & labels
Custom fields
Donation dedications
Fund designations
Matching gifts
Giving hub
Fundraising pages
Personalized pages
Public donor messages
Peer-to-peer fundraising
Team fundraising
Leaderboards
Goal bar
Countdown
Fundraising events
Virtual, in-person, & hybrid events
Unlimited ticket types & quantities
Ticket scanning & check-in
Card reader for in-person payments
Livestream
Live display
Automatic event reminders
Auctions
Mobile bidding
Automated bidding
Bid notifications
QR codes for auction items
Self-service registration & checkout
Auto-charge winners
Payment requests & reminders
Donor management & CRM
Unlimited contacts
Detailed contact profiles
Donor activity tracking & history
Custom donor segments & filters
Self-service importing & migration
Reports & analytics
End-of-year reports
Nonprofit marketing & engagement
Automatic receipts
Outbound email blasts
Outbound text blasts
Merge fields
Custom domains for emails
Peer-to-peer texting
Text-to-donate
Scan-to-donate
Message analytics & ROI
Social sharing
Payment processing
Major debit/credit card donations
Venmo donations
PayPal donations
Apple Pay & Google Pay donations
Donor-advised fund donations
ACH donations
Optional mail a check
Recurring donations
Record offline donations
Import transactions
Automated payouts
Payout reconciliation reports
Support
Live chat support
Email support
Help center
Live workshops & product training
Live fundraising webinars
Price
Platform fee
Payment processor fee
Can donors cover fees?
Users
9.4
9.4
9.5
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
$0
Always transparent
Free forever thanks to optional donor tips
0%
2.9% + 30¢
Unlimited
Offered for paid plans only
Offered partially in free plan
Not offered at all
Offered completely in free plan
Offered for paid plans only
Offered partially in free plan
Not offered at all
Offered completely in free plan
Offered for paid plans only
Offered partially in free plan
Not offered at all
Offered completely in free plan
Offered for paid plans only
Offered partially in free plan
Not offered at all
Offered completely in free plan
Offered for paid plans only
Offered partially in free plan
Not offered at all
Offered completely in free plan
Offered for paid plans only
Offered partially in free plan
Not offered at all
Offered completely in free plan
Offered for paid plans only
Offered partially in free plan
Not offered at all
Offered completely in free plan
Pay less

More value for less money than Kickstarter pricing

Both Givebutter and Kickstarter are free to use, but Kickstarter fees mean you end up with less money in your bank account. Thanks to optional donor tips, Givebutter has no platform fees. Plus, 95% of donors opt to cover the standard fees for payment processing, so more money goes right to your cause.

Ease of use
Ease of setup
Quality of support
Donation forms
Embeddable forms & donate buttons
Custom branding
Custom donation amounts & labels
Custom fields
Donation dedications
Fund designations
Matching gifts
Giving hub
Fundraising pages
Personalized pages
Public donor messages
Peer-to-peer fundraising
Team fundraising
Leaderboards
Goal bar
Countdown
Fundraising events
Virtual, in-person, & hybrid events
Unlimited ticket types & quantities
Ticket scanning & check-in
Card reader for in-person payments
Livestream
Live display
Automatic event reminders
Auctions
Mobile bidding
Automated bidding
Bid notifications
QR codes for auction items
Self-service registration & checkout
Auto-charge winners
Payment requests & reminders
Donor management & CRM
Unlimited contacts
Detailed contact profiles
Donor activity tracking & history
Custom donor segments & filters
Self-service importing & migration
Reports & analytics
End-of-year reports
Nonprofit marketing & engagement
Automatic receipts
Outbound email blasts
Outbound text blasts
Merge fields
Custom domains for emails
Peer-to-peer texting
Text-to-donate
Scan-to-donate
Message analytics & ROI
Social sharing
Payment processing
Major debit/credit card donations
Venmo donations
PayPal donations
Apple Pay & Google Pay donations
Donor-advised fund donations
ACH donations
Optional mail a check
Recurring donations
Record offline donations
Import transactions
Automated payouts
Payout reconciliation reports
Support
Live chat support
Email support
Help center
Live workshops & product training
Live fundraising webinars
Price
Platform fee
Payment processor fee
Can donors cover fees?
Users
9.4
9.4
9.5
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
$0
Always transparent
Free forever thanks to optional donor tips
0%
2.9% + 30¢
Unlimited
Offered for paid plans only
Offered partially in free plan
Not offered at all
Offered completely in free plan

$0

Only pay if you meet your fundraising goal

5%

Up to
5% + 0.20¢

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All features are free thanks to optional tips we receive from donors. If you prefer to disable tips, a small platform fee applies instead.
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Standing tall compared to Kickstarter’s support

High praise for Givebutter’s customer service is easy to find, while Kickstarter reviews aren’t always on the sunny side. The Givebutter support team is dedicated to helping you achieve amazing results, and the high rankings are a testament to that commitment.

Ease of use
Ease of setup
Quality of support
Donation forms
Embeddable forms & donate buttons
Custom branding
Custom donation amounts & labels
Custom fields
Donation dedications
Fund designations
Matching gifts
Giving hub
Fundraising pages
Personalized pages
Public donor messages
Peer-to-peer fundraising
Team fundraising
Leaderboards
Goal bar
Countdown
Fundraising events
Virtual, in-person, & hybrid events
Unlimited ticket types & quantities
Ticket scanning & check-in
Card reader for in-person payments
Livestream
Live display
Automatic event reminders
Auctions
Mobile bidding
Automated bidding
Bid notifications
QR codes for auction items
Self-service registration & checkout
Auto-charge winners
Payment requests & reminders
Donor management & CRM
Unlimited contacts
Detailed contact profiles
Donor activity tracking & history
Custom donor segments & filters
Self-service importing & migration
Reports & analytics
End-of-year reports
Nonprofit marketing & engagement
Automatic receipts
Outbound email blasts
Outbound text blasts
Merge fields
Custom domains for emails
Peer-to-peer texting
Text-to-donate
Scan-to-donate
Message analytics & ROI
Social sharing
Payment processing
Major debit/credit card donations
Venmo donations
PayPal donations
Apple Pay & Google Pay donations
Donor-advised fund donations
ACH donations
Optional mail a check
Recurring donations
Record offline donations
Import transactions
Automated payouts
Payout reconciliation reports
Support
Live chat support
Email support
Help center
Live workshops & product training
Live fundraising webinars
Price
Platform fee
Payment processor fee
Can donors cover fees?
Users
9.4
9.4
9.5
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
Offered completely in free plan
$0
Always transparent
Free forever thanks to optional donor tips
0%
2.9% + 30¢
Unlimited
8.6
NR
7.7
Offered for paid plans only
Offered partially in free plan
Not offered at all
Offered completely in free plan

Hear from real nonprofits why crowdfunding on Givebutter is better

We discovered Givebutter and quickly realized we could centralize ticket and event management, crowdfunding, social engagement in fundraising campaigns, and centralize payment and donation processing for all occasions through the interface. Givebutter is going to be a critical part of how we reach our audiences for a long, long time.
Michael F.
VP for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, Central Penn College
Methodology
Givebutter’s editorial staff aims to bring you the most transparent and objective comparisons possible. We sourced these comparison metrics directly from fundraising platform websites and third-party review sites like G2, Capterra, Trustpilot, and more. Score data gathered on September 2023.
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Recurring donations
No limits, no costs
Don’t settle for less

Givebutter is the most-loved nonprofit fundraising platform

We’re proud to say that that we’re the most-reviewed and highest-rated nonprofit software company on G2, the largest independent software review site. Givebutter is ranked as the #1 software for fundraising, donor management, and auctions based on user satisfaction ratings.

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