Living with special needs is expensive. Families don’t get bags of money handed to them post-diagnosis and specialist equipment can be expensive when it has to be custom-made and can’t be mass produced.

So fundraising websites are a good way of gathering support and managing it in one place. There are now dozens of them out there and everybody has heard of the big ones, but not all of them are created equal and there are lesser-known sites that might be worth checking out.

Many of the better-known sites charge pretty steep subscription fees for the user and a high commission on every donation.

Here are some you may never have heard of that take it a little easier on the user.


Crowdrise was started by Edward Norton (yeah, the actor) and has the best tagline of any fundraising site: “If you don’t give back no one will like you”. There are some fees involved, but if you’re raising money for a personal cause rather than a charity the fees can be as low as 1%, which is still better than most sites.

2.BT MyDonate

MyDonate is something of a rarity in the world of fundraising sites in that it doesn’t charge any fees, sign-up or commission. The only costs that need to be covered are the minor transaction fees which the banks charge them. We think that’s pretty good and an uncommon gesture from a corporate behemoth like BT.


YouCaring claims to be the “only truly free website of its kind”. This isn’t exactly true because, like BT MyDonate, there is still a minor charge for processing transaction, but they don’t charge any other fees or commission and we like that.

What other sites do you like?

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