Every church has some kind of new project in the works, it seems. And of course, most projects only work if you have the money to execute and support them. Whether it is a youth group that is trying to raise money to go to camp, a new addition to the church building that would be used as an overflow room, or helping send a family as missionaries to another country, churches need creative ways to raise the money to send them.

This digital age offers new ways to meet these unique challenges. It’s called crowdfunding and has been made popular first by Kickstarter. The company has seen astronomical success with projects getting millions of dollars in a matter of days. It capitalizes on people funding your campaign at various giving levels, each with their own goodies, and suggest overall support of the whole project. With the major success of Kickstarter, the question is, how can churches move beyond a congregation-supported project to a community and even digitally-supported event?

I will say upfront that many churches have tried to use Kickstarter and most fail terribly. It’s not made specifically for churches. And if you do not meet your goal, you do not get any of the money.

So what crowdfunding options are available for churches? I’m glad you asked!

5 Possible Crowdfunding Solutions for Churches

I want to tell you up front that several of these platforms are new. Some are just coming out of beta and only have a couple of initial projects started. They may not be fully proven to help you raise funds for your church. Most solutions require a bit of elbow grease to raise funds for your church. You must create and run a successful campaign to earn the money. That being said, I have personally talked with the creators of all but the last on our list and they want to see churches thrive. I am happy to stand by all of these options for your church, each with a bit of a different take on crowdfunding.

1) GiveSendGo.com

This crowdfunding site says that it is different than other sites for a number of different reasons. Their platform is actually free for Christians to raise funds. They do not charge a 5-10% fee, which is really wonderful. They even go a step further and give 10% back to people on their platform each month. It’s currently touted as the “#1 free Christian crowdfunding site” according to their website.

2) Fundly.com

Fundly is a secular fundraising platform and has lots of bells and whistles. While not set up for ministry specifically, they do have many features that appeal to nonprofits. Individuals can set up campaigns through Facebook. Nonprofits can register through their website to use their campaign platform. Fundly also has their own app to make building and maintaining your campaign on mobile a breeze. Read this helpful article for all the types of fundraisers you could possibly create – half the battle is just coming up with a creative way to start and raise funds.

3) FaithLauncher.com

Of all of the Christian solutions, you will see on here, this has the longest track record and hosts the most completed projects, several which were $10,000+.  What is unique about this company compared to any other solution I was able to find is that the project manager can ask for prayer requests, you can “give” your prayer donations to them, and they even have an ability to donate time as a volunteer if you cannot support them financially. This truly is a great Christian solution for your church’s needs.

4) FundedbyFaith.com

This is definitely the most Kickstarter-like of the solutions so far. Started by a group that wants to see the church financially supported in this digital age, this has the best Kickstarter feel to it and may be more familiar to your audience.

5) Indiegogo.com

I included this option because it is becoming more and more widely known and closer to the success of Kickstarter, yet unlike Kickstarter, if you do not reach your goal, you still get all of the pledged money. Therefore, your church can do a side-by-side project of collecting tithes and offering on Sunday morning as well as your digital campaign and still meet your goal, even if it wasn’t all online.

These are the top five solutions out there, but it really is you doing the legwork to craft the best campaign possible for the mission of your ministry.