3 FREE tools: Online Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

Does your nonprofit rely on donations to operate? Could you increase services if donations increased? Are you using available FREE online tools to supplement your offline donations?

Here are my top 3 FREE online fundraising tools:

(Please note that these are all free to begin using; however, you may be charged a per-transaction fee)

1.        PayPal for Nonprofits is the most commonly used tool for online fundraising, and is a great option. According to their website, “Over 100,000 nonprofits raise money using PayPal.” Generally easy to set up and trustworthy for donors. Also several applications are included, such as integrating a donation button with your social networking profiles.

a.       Cost?

                                                               i.      Setup & Maintenance FREE (you only pay when you get a donation)

b.      Per Donation fees for nonprofits (discounted rate):






$0 to $100,000

2.2% + $0.30

$2.50 fee on a $100 donation


1.9% + $0.30

$2.20 fee on a $100 donation



2.        Causes App on Facebook involves your donors in competition to refer more possible supporters. The highest donations to a single nonprofit stands at over $1.1 million!

a.       Cost?

                                                               i.      “Using Causes is completely FREE for nonprofits. This includes starting a cause and becoming an official nonprofit partner. There is a 4.75% processing fee for donations that goes to Network for Good (www.networkforgood.org) to pay for sending tax receipts to donors, checks to organizations, and more.”

3.       Just Give

a.       Cost?

                                                             ii.      “There are no set-up costs or monthly fees, and JustGive passes through ninety-seven cents of every dollar donated to your organization.” (3% fee)


No matter which option(s) you choose; a small investment of time has the potential to make a large impact on your organization!


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