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Kickstarter VS GoFundMe: Which Platform Is Better For Your Crowdfunding Campaign?

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Jason Vissers

Jason Vissers

Jason Vissers is a writer and cereal chef from San Diego. He graduated with a Political Science degree from San Diego State University in 2001. He's been writing about website builders, crowdfunding sites, online lenders, and credit cards for Merchant Maverick since 2015. Additionally, Jason can't eat raisins.
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    Ronna Katz

    Thank you for your thorough comparison!
    I appreciate your research and insight.
    Question: Is it possible/permissible to do both simultaneously? Apply to Kickstarter for a larger support level (a goal level of $5,000) and additionally set up GoFundMe for all other levels. I’m seeking to pre-sell landscape paintings of a future painting trip to Russia to fund the trip. Total goal is $12,000 and trip is Sept 2021.

      Jessica Dinsmore

      Hi Ronna,

      Technically yes. But it’s not always in your best interest. If you are fundraising through more than one platform, it may appear that you are not progressing toward your goal, and your backers may lose interest. Definitely something to consider!

        Gayle Lambert

        I just have a question please. What research does Go Fund Me do to ensure those requesting financial assistance are legitimate?

          Jessica Dinsmore

          Hi Gayle,

          That’s a very good question! We couldn’t find anything specifically regarding their screening process, but they do have a Trust & Safety section that explains what they forbid.

            August Garcia

            As a sidenote, GoFundMe also acquired YouCaring since the time of this article.

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              George Buehler

              A helpful, concise comparisons of the two platforms for a first time user. One detail has changed since this was written. Gofundme is not charging a platform fee for “personal campaigns” as of Nov 30, 2017. https://support.gofundme.com/hc/en-us/articles/203604424-How-do-fees-work-in-my-country-

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