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How to Set Up Playground Fundraising through Three Popular Channels

You have probably heard, made donations to, or even participated in an online fundraising format, but have you ever thought this might be a great way to raise awareness about and for funding your playground?

Perhaps you don’t know where to start! Well, LuckyDog Recreation has taken the guesswork out of it by providing you key information on how to make a kick-butt fundraising campaign. Three of the most popular online funding channels we explored for you are GoFundMe, Chuffed, and YouCaring.

GoFundMe is a popular fundraising solution for nonprofits. According to the site, GoFundMe is, “the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $5 billion raised so far.”

  • There are no penalties for missing your goal.

  • You keep all donations that you receive.

  • You have access to expert advice available 24/7.

  • There are other listed benefits at GoFundMe

  • GoFundMe is a for-profit organization.

Pros of using this site: - Donor protection guarantee - Mobile app available - 24/7 support - 0% Platform Fee

Possible cons of using this site: - 2.9% plus $0.30/donation Payment Processor Fee

Where to Start To better understand how it works, scroll to the bottom and select “How It Works” underneath the “Get Started” category. The site is here.

Watch the how-to video on that site.

Select the button that says, “Start a GoFundMe,” located in the top right corner, or the one right under the video. There you can begin setting your campaign up.

You’ll be able to send out thank-you notes and updates right from your dashboard.


Chuffed is a social enterprise, focused on nonprofits, charities, social enterprise, and community groups and individuals making a change.

On the homepage of their website, it outlines the basics of how to get started.

Pros of using this site: - There is no cost for campaigners. - You keep all of the money that you raise. - There’s no sign-up or monthly fees.

Possible cons of using this site: - 2.0% + $0.30/donation payment processor fee


Recently, YouCaring and GoFundMe have joined forces. Here is a link for more information.

Pros of using this site: - 0% Platform Fee - 8 million donors - 1 billion dollars raised - Real-Time Customer Support - Daily Access to Funds - Easy 5-Minute Setup - Mobile Friendly

Possible cons of using this site: - 2.9% + $0.30/donation payment Processor fee

Other fundraising sites worth looking at:

FundRazr (For-profit) Fundly (4.9% + credit card processing fee 2.9% + $.30/transaction) Kickstarter (For-profit) Indiegogo (For-profit) JustGiving (For-profit) Razoo (For-profit) Pozible (For-profit) Crowdrise (For-profit)

Sites that compare different fundraising channels against each other:

By Sarah Knight, Nicole Stoddard

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