Is Givebutter free?
Yep! Completely free. No contracts, no subscriptions, and no hidden fees—ever.
Givebutter is free thanks to 100% optional tips we receive from donors. If you'd prefer to hide tips, a small Platform Fee applies instead. No matter which option you choose, a standard Processing Fee always applies (which is covered by most donors).
That's it! Read on for every detail and complete transparency about how our model works, below.
What are the fees? How does your pricing work?
Givebutter is free to you because we operate on Optional Tips from donors. If you’d rather disable the ability for donors to leave an optional tip for Givebutter, a small Platform Fee will apply. Click the toggle to compare these options!
If (and only if) you decide to disable Tips, a small Platform Fee will be applied based on the campaign type you’re using:
Donation Form - 1%
Fundraising Page - 3%
Event - 5%
Here is a helpful article to help you compare the features of our different campaign types.
A standard Processing Fee is applied to all digital transactions on Givebutter. This fee is charged by our payment processors and allows funds to be deposited into your account regardless of what payment method your donors choose!
2.9% + 30¢ - Credit Cards & Digital Wallets (Venmo, Apple Pay, etc.)
1.9% + 30¢ - ACH
More than 95% of donors on Givebutter cover fees when asked, resulting in an average campaign fee of less than 1%.
How fees are calculated
You may be seeing a lot of percentages and wondering: how is all this actually calculated? Well, since credit card companies take their fees after Platform Fees, it can be a little complicated. There are even whole websites dedicated to the topic.
Here's the basic formula:
(Transaction amount * (1 + platform fee) + 30¢ credit card fee) / (1 - processing fee)
So, for our example above, a $100 donation on a Form campaign with Tips disabled (1% platform fee + 2.9% & 30¢ processing fees) would be calculated like this:
(100 * 1.01 + 0.30) / (1 - 0.029) = $104.33
What are the fees to users?
The average fee to users across all campaigns on Givebutter is only 0.5%
That is incredibly low, so let's break down exactly how it works. Every time someone donates to a campaign, they are given the option to cover the entire fee on their donation:
Our 0.5% average fee is made possible by the fact that more than 95% of donors across all campaigns on Givebutter have chosen to cover this fee.
In the event that a donor chooses to not cover their fee, Givebutter takes that same fee out of the full donation amount. The user then receives the remainder without actually paying anything out of pocket.
Sometimes, it's easier to understand how the 0.5% fee works with an example:
Let's say you received 100 donations of $100 each ($10,000 total). Based on our 90% metric, let's assume 90 of your 100 donors covered the fees associated with their donation. That means 10 donors chose not to cover the $4.33 fee on their donation. As a result, your fee is 10 x $4.33 = $43.30. Therefore, when you withdraw your funds you will receive $10,000 - $43.30 = $9,956.70. What is this in percentage terms?
(1 - (9,956.70 ÷ 10,000)) x 100 = 0.43%
Why is this better?
First of all, 0.43% is really low. Most other sites similar to Givebutter take 3-10% and don't tell donors. This leads me to my second point...
Transparency, transparency, transparency. Online giving has a cost - credit card fees, hosting, support, maintenance, R&D, etc. are all costly expenses that using a platform like Givebutter absorbs for you. And by making donors aware of that, you are not only providing them with absolute transparency but also raising more funds in the process.