October 10, 2010

Crowdrise – Do Your Part

Looking for ways to make the world a better place? With Crowdrise, you can help improve the world around you while having a little fun in the process. The volunteering and fundraising application serves as a home base for do-gooders who are looking for inspiration and ideas for how to help the people around them. From helping out in person to simply spreading information about a charity event to friends and followers online, Crowdrise gives users 1,001 ways—and probably even more—to improve the world on a global scale.

Create a profile with Crowdrise just like you would on Facebook or LinkedIn, including your name, birth date, and a photo or two you’d like to share with others on the site. Once you’re logged in, you can start your own fundraising campaign or join someone else’s existing project. Browse through photos of other users to see what exciting campaigns they’re working on, or click to see all the “Random Cool Projects” that Crowdrise has listed on its site. To find a project close to home, search for your city to find a comprehensive list of all the charity organizations working nearby. Read the story behind each project until you find one that touches your heart, and then hit the “Donate” button to give to that cause. Entice your friends to help, as well, by sharing the project via Twitter, Facebook, or an email link.

When you’re not fundraising for other people’s projects, you could be helping to build your own campaign. Crowdrise offers all the tools necessary to start and plan a fundraiser, from sending out promotional videos to tracking how many dollars have been raised along the way. For anyone looking for a fun way to give back to the world at large, Crowdrise is an interesting application takes fundraising and donating to a whole new level.

Practical Uses:

  • Give back to a charity in your local community
  • Start a fundraising project to help kids in your old neighborhood
  • Encourage your friends to be more charitable
  • Find volunteering opportunities nearby

Insider Tips:

  • Users earn points based on how much fundraising they do
  • Charities can sign up to use the site with different accounts than individuals
  • Donations made to charitable organizations through Crowdrise are tax deductable
  • Post donations anonymously through the “Anonymous Donors” section

What we liked:

  • Vote on projects that seem worthwhile, even if you don’t have funds to donate
  • People can make donations without having to sign up for a Crowdrise account
  • Ability to see all the projects that other users have donated to
  • Users with the most points can win real-world prizes like iPads and gift cards

What we didn’t like:

  • Crowdrise deducts 5% from donations made through the site—or $1 for donations under $25 and $2.50 for donations over $25—to cover its operating costs


Company Info:

  • Launched: May 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan
  • Founded by: Edward Norton and Robert Wolfe
  • Web site:


  • Free

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