This article showcases our top picks for the best America based Crowdfunding companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Crowdfunding industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top America Crowdfunding Companies
Fundraise.com is a social fundraising platform that helps individuals and organizations raise money online. The platform provides a complete set of tools in the industry: an iPhone app, mobile-optimized website, Facebook and Twitter sharing, widgets, and a traditional website.
The company provides 92.5 cents per dollar donated to a cause, which can be institutional, organizational, educational, political, personal or faith-based.. .
Zivity, a San Francisco startup which launched at TechCrunch40 in 2007, is a premium subscription and fan interaction platform. Zivity celebrates artists through crowdsourced curation and editorial moderation of photography that highlights unique beauty.
Fans freely interact with artists and support their favorite artists through microdonations and recurring monthly support. In July 2009 [Zivity spun off Top Fans into a separate company](http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/23/zivity-splits-employees-execs-venture-funding-into-two-companies/)..
Tortoise Capital Advisors
Tortoise Capital Advisors is an investment management company offering closed end and mutual funds. Tortoise invests in assets and services that serve essential needs in society and can also serve essential client needs, such as diversification and income.
Tortoise’s expertise spans energy investing across the entire energy value chain, sustainable infrastructure including wind, solar and water infrastructure, credit investing, direct lending to social infrastructure projects and index construction.. .
Fund.com through its AdvisorShares Investments LLC subsidiary is creating actively managed ETFs, such as the Dent Tactical ETF (NYSE: DENT), to take advantage of this rapidly growing ETF business. Fund.com also is an online content provider and lead generation platform for investment funds and other financial services providers.
Its objective is to engage individual investors and to match their needs with interested fund product providers.. .
NeedsList is a global marketplace connecting individual and corporate donors with NGOs to create efficiency and transparency in their humanitarian aid system. NeedsList partners with local aid organizations to identify urgent needs and uses local suppliers who can deliver needs quickly and sustainably.
Supporters can donate cash, purchase products, or volunteer directly on platform. NeedsList provides clear impact metrics in real-time allowing partner organizations to track activity and outcomes.
They earn revenue through commissions from affiliate suppliers and from enterprise users of the platform.. .
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FundAnything is the leading crowd funding platform that helps provide person-to-person financial support for any cause. This free online fundraising service allows participants to share their story or explain their cause before tapping into their social network to quickly and securely reach their goals.
With FundAnything there are no hidden fees, bills or requirements. No matter what your cause, there’s no limit to what you can do – or how much money you can raise – with FundAnything.
History FundAnything was founded by serial entrepreneurs Bill Zanker and Scott Tilson in July of 2012. The company is based in Park City, Utah and New York City, New York..
ACERA specializes in providing retirement pension plan for public employees. The ACERA retirement plan provides lifetime benefits to members of the retirement system who meet the minimum age and length-of-service requirements or are eligible for disability retirement.
The plan is a significant and fundamental part of the comprehensive benefits package that participating employers offer to eligible employees, allowing employees to collectively invest their deferred wages to receive a secure income after retirement.. .
EnergyFunders is the platform that combines the power of crowdfunding with the advantage of professionally selected projects. They only work with proven oil and gas operators and oil and gas finders, thoroughly review each potential project, and select only the best opportunities to present to investors.
The company’s syndication platform guides members seamlessly through the often murky waters of oil and gas investment with easy access to online project viewing and ample information at the click of a button. EnergyFunders also provides small oil and gas operators with the much-needed funds that have been historically denied to them by capital markets, enabling greater participation in their fields and wells.
It also provides investors with unprecedented access to projects that were traditionally reserved to the wealthy or those with inside information.. .
Common Change makes it easy to pool together funds to help fundraising in a community. A user creates a group or joins an existing one and sees a central fund between members of the group.
When a member sees a need in their community, they can share the request with the group. It gives you power to know you can make a difference, by being part of a group and financial fund larger than yourself.
As a group member, you can “weigh in” to decide if you would like to support each particular request.. .
Steward is a CrowdFarming platform, helping sustainable farms to flourish by letting regular people invest in them directly, and prosper alongside them. The platform, enables people to invest directly in sustainable farms.
Through the Steward platform, impact investors can earn annual returns while putting their money to good use in the small, sustainable farms that feed families and communities. It was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon..
TippingCircle is a software service that enables its users to send and receive personal payments with their social connections. Its users have the ability to exchange money with their friends with no fees, setup group payments for events, and run fundraisers using tipping buckets.
Operated from Cedar Valley, Utah, TippingCircle was launched by James Davis in 2012.. .
Funded Today is an agency that helps startups worldwide to succeed, especially in rewards-based crowdfunding on Kickstarter and/or Indiegigo, through a variety of consulting services, creative services, and/or marketing services. Funded Today’s creative services include page-design, video-production, and product photography, and its marketing services include e-mail lead-generation, social-media advertising (paid media), affiliate marketing, cross-promotions, and public relations (earned media).
Funded Today was founded in 2014 in Utah by both Zach Smith and Thomas Alvord.. .
THINK BIGGER FOR YOUR BUSINESS We’ve been there. We began this journey just five short years ago, where we experienced explosive growth as one of the fastest growing private label manufacturers in the U.S.
In fact, we grew so fast that we outgrew four warehouses in three years! Being a high-volume manufacturer, it only made sense to begin offering fulfillment services to our customers, and we became pretty darn good at it. We now ship between 15,000-30,000 shipments daily so you can trust that we have the capabilities to get your products out the door quickly and cost-effectively.
Outsourcing any part of your business is a big decision. Outsourcing anything that touches the customer is a HUGE decision.
In the world of eCommerce, your customers demand ever increasing levels of service. How will you invest your time, resources, and available capital? Let us show you how to seamlessly integrate your operation with ours so you can think BIGGER for your business..
United States Artists
United States Artists (USA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the work of living American artists. Each year, USA awards $50,000 fellowships to the country’s most accomplished and innovative artists working in the fields of Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts and Visual Arts.
USA was founded to address the lack of unrestricted funding available to artists. USA is currently funded by a broad range of philanthropic foundations and individuals committed to cultivating the vibrant character of contemporary culture in America..
Cresset Asset Management
Private equity entrepreneurs Eric Becker and Avy Stein founded Cresset Capital Management with a vision to reinvent wealth management and with a firm belief that clients deserve better. Cresset offers individuals and families access to a comprehensive suite of family office services, deeply personalized wealth management, investment advisory, planning and other services through Cresset Asset Management, an SEC registered Investment Advisor, which in 2018 surpassed $3 billion in assets under management.
Cresset Partners, our private investing group, offers clients direct access to real estate, private equity and other investment opportunities. Since Cresset’s inception in 2017, the firm has recruited more than 80 team members across six offices..
You deserve a better way to raise the money you need to grow. We banded together with a simple mission: to simplify fundraising and help businesses raise capital.
Everybody in the world now has the ability to invest directly in America’s entrepreneurs. You should come take a look: 1.
List your fundraise 2. Activate your network 3.
Once you create momentum, our 1 million member network can provide meaningful additional capital GrowthFountain is an SEC registered Funding Portal and FINRA Member where individuals can come together to support entrepreneurs and small businesses across America. To learn more about GrowthFountain please visit www.growthfountain.com..
BoostUp is a savings platform that helps people reach their big purchase goals and buy with confidence. BoostUp users automate a daily savings plan to start by saving as little as $1/day, plus they can RoundUp their everyday purchases, crowdfund gifts from family and friends, and receive exclusive purchase offers from BoostUp brand partners.
Saving money has never been so easy or so rewarding. BoostUp has over 53,000 users who have used their BoostUp savings to purchase over $165,000,000 worth of products and services from BoostUp partners.
To save for free with BoostUp, visit the App Store, Google Play, or BoostUp.com.. .
Klever is an advanced asset management and portfolio planning tool that helps wealth owners have a clearer picture of their assets and accounts. It offers asset management, document exchange management, advanced notification mechanism, and security.
Klever is based in Miami, Florida.. .
Givsum is a comprehensive management and engagement platform that allows charitable organizations to integrate their operations, fundraising campaigns, and an active community of supporters, all in one place. By providing a simple online platform for creating fundraising pages, selling event tickets, accepting donations, managing volunteers, and tracking donor behavior, Givsum helps charitable organizations free up valuable time and resources to pursue their worthwhile missions.
Since launching in 2017, hundreds of the world’s leading clubs and nonprofits have trusted Givsum’s platform to manage their organization’s operations and fundraising efforts.. .
Foodstart enables restaurant, brewery, and foodtruck owners to raise capital in small increments online. In other words, Kickstarter for the food-and-beverage industry.
Only unlike Kickstarter, Foodstart clients receive a social-media marketing program, physical cards for their backers, market research for suggested perks, fliers for their counter tops, and other services designed just for their industry. We are just coming out of beta and have received a tremendous response so far..
Projects for Good, Inc.
Project for Good empowers anyone to create, donate or participate in humanitarian projects they are passionate about. Our goal is to to establish a vibrant platform that ensures people have the tools they need to enact change.
By connecting them with the resources they need to create, fund, or find products or services we hope to make humanitarian projects simple, efficient, and successful.. .
Raise the Money, Inc. (“RTM”) is an online fundraising platform that allows political campaigns, churches, and non-profits to accept and manage their online contributions.
Sign up takes less than 5 minutes and most accounts are approved in one day. Our pricing structure varies from 3.9% 4.9% plus a $0.25 transaction fee, depending on the type of fundraising.
No monthly fees and no set up fees. RTM accepts all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
We also allow the ability for supporters to donate with their online checking account. RTM offers recurring contributions so supporters can choose to contribute at regular intervals.
Our Quick Contribute button allows supporters to save their information with a password to make future contributions with one click. Whether you are working with a website developer or creating the site yourself, RTM provides an embed code to start accepting contributions on your website.
By signing up with us, you are provided with a link to your contribution form that can be added to support letters, social media, or email. This method is great for clients who do not have a website developed yet, but are still wanting to accept contributions.
Apiary Investment Funds
The Apiary Investment Fund is an investment fund that is managed through proprietary trading systems, technology and crowd sourced investing. With over 150 traders working from independent locations throughout the globe, the Apiary Investment Fund requires each trader to complete a comprehensive trader development program where they are trained and certified to manage different trading systems and platforms.
Each trader works independently to generate profitable returns and is compensated based on their individual success and track record. The combined work of the community of traders works as an effective diversification model to reduce portfolio risk and generates consistent growth through the crowd sourced money management..
CrowdFunz is a platform for crowdfunding real estate developments that provides global clients with real estate fundraising and investing services. It brings real estate developers and investors together to disrupt the traditional real estate value chain.
It gives accredited or non-accredited investors the opportunity to participate in high-quality and secure investments. CrowdFunz was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Great Neck, New York..
Wealth Migrate is an online real estate marketplace that allows users to crowdfund property suggested by the website itself. The company enables investors to make both residential and commercial investments, dependent on the country where the investment is taking place.
Launched in 2010, the company is headquartered in South Africa.. .
RealtyShares is a real estate investment platform that gives investors direct access to quality commercial real estate investment opportunities. It connects its network of individual and institutional investors with experienced real estate operators looking to raise capital to improve properties for higher, better use.
Venture-backed by premier investors such as 500 Startups, Union Square Ventures, General Catalyst, Cross Creek Advisors, and Menlo Ventures, RealtyShares has deployed more than $840 million over 1,100 investment opportunities in 41 states.. .
Fig is a curated platform for funding and developing games with the direct support of passionate players. Our platform brings together rewards-based community publishing and investing to create a more balanced and sustainable approach to game development.
Fig is a curated platform for funding and developing games with the direct support of passionate players like you. Our platform brings together rewards-based community funding and investing to create a more balanced and sustainable approach to game development..
ICO Alert is the trusted ICO Discovery Platform, maintaining the only comprehensive list of active and upcoming Initial Coin Offerings. If you haven’t heard of ICOs, you’ve probably heard of crowdsales, token sales, or token generation events.
They cover them all. They serve several hundred thousand unique users and have sent nearly half a million ICO Alert emails to notify users when new ICOs go live.
In addition, they have published more than 50 in-depth ICO Alert Reports, offering insight into past, active, and upcoming ICOs. Their ICO Alert Podcast is a weekly show which hosts exclusive interviews with the biggest founders in the blockchain space.
Each hour long episode is full of rich content, challenging questions and exclusive announcements.. .
Based in New York, Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform and community that enables artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators to raise funds for various community projects focused on movies, music, art, theater, games, comics, technology, fashion, food, design, and photography. Individuals who back these projects are offered tangible rewards and one-of-a-kind experiences in exchange for their pledges.
Kickstarter applies a 5% fee on the total amount of the funds raised and their payments processor applies an additional 3–5% fee. The platform was launched in April 2009 and is based in New York, U.S..
Guidant Financial Group
Guidant Financial Group, Inc., has emerged as the industry leader in self-directed IRAs and innovative small business financing. Their services enable people from all walks of life to purchase alternative investments (i.e., real estate, small businesses, mortgages, tax liens, etc.) inside their retirement plans as an investment, without taking a taxable distribution.
They have helped thousands of new business and franchise owners obtain alternative small business funding by providing innovative and easy-to-use small business financing solutions.. .
MIghtycause was formed in 2017 by a team of industry vets who purchased Razoo Global. Razoo operated as an online fundraising website for underfunded nonprofits and people in need, to lift up themselves and each other.
The company has helped raise over $600 million for causes that matter; from big multi-million dollar, community-led Giving Days, to everyday people collecting donations for those in need or on behalf of their favorite causes. The Mightycause team brings its innovative products, technology and experience to serve the combined community of nonprofits and causes in search of online fundraising.
The way you raise funds is evolving, and so is Mightycause. Mightycause has taken what its learned from our amazing user base and grown into a disruptive fundraising platform that empowers organizations, showcases the generosity of communities, bolsters teamwork, gives individuals a voice, and provides a place to share what you support.
Mightycause offers the most modern fundraising tools for nonprofit organizations at the industries lowest prices. Over 90% of monies raised by charities are not done so online, and Mightycause is on a mission to change that..
DoJiggy Fundraising Software
Founded in 2003 and based in Boulder, Colorado, DoJiggy is a leading provider of affordable, online event management and fundraising solutions for non-profits and community organizations in the US, Canada, and around the world. DoJiggy is led by a management team with significant experience in online event management, electronic commerce, Internet-based business applications and customer service.
Their team has developed a suite of unique, web-based event and initiative management applications allowing their customers to better manage fundraising events and initiatives online – easily and affordably.. .
CBOE Vest is driven by the conviction that investors desire more certainty in their investment outcomes. Founded in 2012 to address this market need, Vest’s early investors were Y Combinator, Payment Ventures and First Round Capital.
In 2016, Vest became an asset management subsidiary of CBOE Holdings, Inc., one of the world’s largest exchange holding companies and owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (the largest U.S. options exchange and creator of listed options), the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries.
Today CBOE Vest offers institutional-quality target outcome investments built on the backbone of its unique investment philosophy and CBOE’s indexes—that strive to buffer losses, amplify gains or provide consistent income—to a diverse spectrum of investors. OUR MISSION Reengineering Investing Most investments today target speculative returns, with uncertain levels of risk, over an uncertain period.
While opportunistic, this approach to investing brings a degree of uncertainty. We are building a new class of investments, called Target Outcome Investments, that target a defined return profile, with an allowance for a specific level risk, at a specific point in time in the future.
Such investments strive to provide investors with targeted protection, enhanced returns, or consistent income, with a level of predictability unattainable with most other investments.. .
Prodigy Network’s crowd-investing model was developed as an innovative way to give smaller investors access to large real estate assets. They are headquartered in New York City and have offices in Miami, Florida, Bogota, Colombia and Montevideo, Uruguay.
Prodigy Network and its affiliates have led six international and U.S.-based projects, raised more than $300 million from 6,200 investors around the world, and are currently developing projects globally with a projected value of more than $850 million. Major banks like Deutsche Bank, CIBC and Bank of America have provided traditional mortgage financing for Prodigy’s Manhattan projects.
Well established operators and developers like Korman Communities have partnered up with Prodigy in the development of two Manhattan properties. Recently, Professor Karim Lakhani from Harvard Business School published a case study on Prodigy’s work titled, Prodigy Network: Democratizing Real Estate Design and Financing.
Prodigy believes that crowd-investing will democratize commercial real estate by providing a new investment opportunity for small investors, revolutionizing the industry.. .
Welcome to group getting! In 2013, we tried to buy special purpose processors for a passion project. They were only sold in lots of 1000.
After scouring the internet for a solution, we discovered that there was no secure platform for collectively purchasing existing products with minimum order restrictions. Getting a group together for a bulk purchase was a difficult and risky proposition, and crowdfunding platforms were no help.
Traditional crowdfunding sites are great. But, they neglect independent buyers who need to team up with other buyers around the world to get bulk pricing discounts and access components, end user products, and services that have high minimum order quantities.
So, we set out to fill this gap. We created GroupGets to provide an intuitive group buying platform where professionals and enthusiasts can participate in collective purchasing as easily as they buy anything else online, and get rewarded for creating group buys and helping others get around minimum order requirements.
No Vaporware. No year-long shipping delays.
Just simple, secure group buying. GroupGets is where the rest of us—the makers, hobbyists, DIY engineers, crafters, artists, small businesses, and deal seekers—get together and hack minimum order restrictions..
Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC.
Janney is dedicated to putting client needs first. Providing the best in financial and investment advice to help their clients toward their personal or business goals is what drives their daily operating philosophy.
Relationships built on trust matter more to us than anything else. Janney provides advice to individual, corporate and institutional clients.
Their expertise includes guidance about asset management, corporate and public finance, equity and fixed income investing, equity research, institutional equity and fixed income sales and trading, investment strategy, financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, public and private capital raising, portfolio management, retirement and income planning, and wealth management.. .
SofterWare has a passion for people and innovative technology. Our mission is to create and support products and services that reduce work for our clients by being delightfully easy to use, reliable, and aﬀordable.
SofterWare is also a Payment Facilitator and processes more than $2B in annual payments.. .
Harvest Returns is an equity crowdfunding platform founded in 2016 that is disrupting the agriculture finance sector. The company fills a need for specialty farmers and ranchers who are underserved by the traditional agriculture banking system.
Harvest Returns is led by a solid team of military veterans who have extensive management experience in a variety of industries including agriculture, commercial real estate, information technology, and international development. They are a profitable company and have helped farmers and ranchers around the world raise over $10 million in equity and debt funding..
Pledge It is a leading sports crowdfunding app that powering the efforts of hundreds of professional athletes (like Larry Fitzgerald, Kevin Durant, and Mike Trout), major universities (from Alabama to the Zags), and over 1,000 amateur teams. They have created national programs for the American Cancer Society and St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital with CBSi as their promotional partner and they are growing their impact at nearly 300% year-over-year.. .
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