Supporting social causes through the medium of social media has today replaced the traditional forms of fundraising. While Facebook causes are generally effective, they can be a little limited in scope. If you are looking to support a larger variety of positive developmental activities, then you could do with some alternatives to Facebook causes. Here are 5 alternatives that are popular and will ensure that your money is used effectively and without any squandering.
Chipin – can place it anywhere
Chipin is a widget that can be placed on your Facebook page, or on your website. Chipin is also available on the less popular social media websites like Digg and Delicious. If you are thinking of starting a campaign for a cause, then Chipin is the right tool for you. All you need to do is set up a Paypal account and then input all the details of the campaign, your organization and goals. Charges for using Chipin vary; 2.5% of all incoming donations are cut off. If starting campaigns is not the thing for you, then you can just donate money at Chipin pages or on websites using Chipin tools.
givezooks! – connects organizations
givezooks! is a social fundraising tool that connects organizations with individuals willing to donate money for charity. You can create an account and then you have a host of options to choose from. You can create wish lists, start and manage events, create Grassroots Fundraisers and use social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter to connect with more people. If you set up an event, you can sell tickets to people for the event. Some money (2.5%) from the cost of the ticket is taken out as a processing fee, and the rest belongs to your charitable cause.
Razoo – Options are plenty
Razoo is one of the best tools for fundraising available on the internet. It allows you to start a campaign, search for a favorite fundraiser or donate as an individual. The site offers many helpful tools to first time donors; it can guide you in all aspects of donation. The best part is that there are no processing charges; all that you donate goes through without a single deduction.
JustGive – A huge database
With a database of 1.5 million charities, JustGive is the place to go if you are looking for a large variety of causes. The charities are grouped according to criteria; and 1000 charities meet the strictest of standards. You can also set up a donations page to gather donations from supporters. The processing fee for incoming donations is comparatively low at 3%.
YourCause – easy way to collect donations
YourCause is an easy way to collect donations for a particular cause that you feel strongly about. First, head over to their website and search for charity that you find appealing. Next, you create a page where you can explain why you think the cause is noteworthy. Then, you link this page to the charity that you found earlier. After that, you can email your friends and family and also post the page on social networking sites for support and donations.