Now that ChipIn is closing their doors there is a giant hole for small rescues and rescuers who want to raise funds online with no costs additional to PayPal fees. PayPal charges 2.2% + .30 per transaction to non-profits – very reasonable for credit card processing. Once you’re using a fundraising service, though, your total costs can climb quickly.
Here are three sites I’ve found today to help plug that hole.
The Original Fundraising Widget gives you a nice little ChipIn style fundraising widget for your website and also gives you a landing page (with those all-important share buttons!) where you can explain your project in more detail. The widgets are advertising supported but the ads are small and unobtrusive. There is no charge to use the service, PayPal transaction fees still apply.
PayPal Labs makes a neat little fundraising widget for websites that is very configurable and easy to use. It is also free to use and PayPal transaction fees still apply.
Another FREE service (other than the PayPal fees) is YouCaring.com, which hasn’t seen much use yet for animal rescuers but the site is expanding their fundraising categories to help fill the void left by ChipIn. This service doesn’t give you a blog widget but it does give you a very nice and full featured landing page with lots of sharing options.
So ChipIn may be gone, but don’t fret – there’s more out there, and some of it’s free! Got any suggestions for alternatives that are either free or super-low-cost? Leave ‘em in the comments!