5 alternatives to JustGiving for event fundraising

Event fundraising tools

In the UK, JustGiving is the biggest and most popular event fundraising platform. This is big business and JustGiving recently sold to Blackbaud, a large US company focused on the nonprofit sector, for £95 million. In this post, we look at 5 good alternatives to improve your event-based fundraising.

JustGiving charges 5% commission on the donation (that’s 5% of the donation plus the gift aid amount, not just the initial donation) They also charge a payment processing fee of between 1.25% and 1.45%. This has led many UK charities to look for alternatives to JustGiving. 

Event fundraising

For online donations, there are now good options for processing donations directly on your website. Some of these options have low transaction fees and avoid the drop-out normally associated with pushing people from your website to a third party platform where your brand is not centre stage.

But event sponsorship is a different requirement and if you or your supporters are hosting sponsored fundraising events, you need a way raise awareness and manage the donations. The most established way to do this online is to use a fundraising platform where supporters can create fundraising pages to collect sponsorship on your behalf.

This is the world that JustGiving dominates but there are lots of other options. Whether your supporters are running marathons, climbing Kilimanjaro or organising a knit-a-thon there should be a low-commission option for you on this list. 

By encouraging your supporters to use one of these platforms, more money will go directly to your charity. 

BT My Donate

  • This platform wins on low fees but its interface leaves a bit to be desired. 
  • BT is a well-known brand but the brand of the donation platform is less familiar to most. 
  • No setup fee; no commission; 1-2% payment processing fee.

Virgin Money Giving

  • A more polished interface but not that much cheaper than JustGiving.
  • Virgin Money has good brand awareness, so it should go down well with your supporters and some may have used it previously. 
  • £150 set up fee; 2% commission; 1-2% payment processing fee.

Golden Giving

  • Another very competitive option on fees, and an attractively simple interface. 
  • Not many people raising money for you will have an account with Golden Giving or have heard about it so you may need to reassure them if you want them to use this option. 
  • No setup fee; no commission; 1-2% payment processing fee.


  • Raisely is a really interesting alternative option to JustGiving. The main difference is the ability to heavily brand your pages and the high-quality designs. 
  • Fees are also very attractive as the system plugs in directly to your own Stripe account. 
  • No setup fee; optional commission; 1-2% payment processing fee.

Local Giving

  • The distinctive element of Local Giving is its focus on small local charities. Fees aren’t much cheaper than JustGiving but you get additional support through the year and access to some matched funding campaigns. 
  • £96 yearly fee; 5% commission; 1-2% payment processing fee. 


18 December 2017
Andy Pearson