FirstGiving Review

By Editorial StaffLast Modified: December 18, 2017

FirstGiving is an online fundraising service known for working with reputable nonprofit organizations. This fundraising site offers administration and reporting, branding, customized pages, event registration, social widgets, free fundraising webinars and more.

FirstGiving offers a variety of resources and tools for beginning campaigners and new users to its site. You can download calculators, fundraising guides, guides for involving young donors and case studies from other successful campaigns. Free webinars are also available. The webinars include subjects such as social media, ways for businesses and nonprofits to collaborate and marathon fundraising. A blog with up-to-date tips, infographics, articles and other relevant information is also available.

This fundraising company caters to nonprofit organizations. While you can have an individual fundraising page on this site, your personal fundraiser must be for a nonprofit organization that is using FirstGiving. When you create your grassroots individual site, your first step is to browse through available charities, nonprofits or events in the website's database. You are still be able to customize your site with photos, text, a unique URL, messages and videos, but you must be raising money for one of the organizations in FirstGiving's database.

Nonprofit organizations using FirstGiving have access to branding, administration and reporting tools. There are also social embeddable widgets, event organizing and registration features, and customizable communication tools. In addition to a yearly subscription cost for a premium nonprofit account a fee ranging from 4.25% to 5% plus credit card fees will apply to each of your donations, depending on what type of fundraiser you're running. When your sponsors donate to your cause, they will have the option of paying the fees for you, meaning that you will have access to their entire donation. For individual pages, using FirstGiving is free and the nonprofit organization you're supporting will pay all fees, including credit card processing fees.

FirstGiving offers many options for getting involved with a cause you're passionate about. While it is free for an individual, you are limited on what causes you can campaign for. No personal fundraising is allowed. However, FirstGiving is a strong option for nonprofit organizations looking to build a community for fundraising purposes.

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