Here’s a list of crowd funding websites that can help you find the money you need for your projects, or help fund someone else’s!
- Kickstarter (probably the most famous one, so it’s hard to get funded)
- IndieGoGo (here you can keep the money you collected even if you don’t reach your target)
- Quirky (for inventors)
- GoFundMe (you’ll get most likely funded mostly by friends and family here)
- Razoo (especially to donate to causes)
- Kiva (especially to lend money to microbusinesses in developing countries)
- CrowdCube (to get a share in the ownership of a company)
They don’t all work the same way: in the vast majority you just donate money to a cause/project you like (e.g. GoFundMe, Razoo) and/or may get a reward for your donation (e.g. Kickstarter, IndieGoGo), in others you just lend money that most likely will be paid back (e.g. Kiva), in others still you can have a part of the equity of the company (e.g. crowdcube). There are of course many other fundraising websites, and some, not included here, are designed for particular niches (e.g. coders, journalists, etc.).
As for eBay and other websites, a well-thought strategy on how to manage your project fundraising is critical to its success (here some tips)!
So choose your platform(s) according to your needs after considering the implications, also related to the fees of each website which are quite different!