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OPEN SOURCE CROWD FUNDING PLATFORMS – AN OVERVIEW

Crowdfunding platform is one of the ideas we have been toying around for a bit at Appropriate IT. It will probably get on our product pipeline at some point in the future. In the meanwhile, here is some preliminary research in response to the blog post at DoNeki on How to Build a Crowd-Funding Site. We started with the answers in response to a question on Quora: Is there an open source crowdfunding platform? 

Quick Tech Summary

Based on Ruby
Based on PHP
Not Open Source
Based on Python

Based on Ruby

CATARSE

http://catarse.me/pt
Catarse is an open source crowdfunding platform, launched in Brazil for creative projects
  • Software Stack
    • It’s a Ruby on Rails app
  • Code Repository
  • Payment Gateway
    • Paypal
    • MoIP
  • Success Stories
    • In a unique fundraising campaign Daily Dogs, an animal lover created a book with drawings of dogs. On successful sale of the book, 30% of the value collected would be converted into dog and cat food of the best quality for animal shelters. Initial Goal for the project was $18,000 and the Final tally was $24,687.

CROWDTILT

https://open.crowdtilt.com/
Crowdtilt Open is an open-source, customizable crowdfunding platform
  • Software Stack
    • RVM, ruby 1.9.3, and the Rails gem
    • Can be deployed to Heroku
  • Code Repository
  • Payment Gateway
    • Bitcoin
  • Success Stories

SELFSTARTER

http://selfstarter.us
Selfstarter is an open source starting point for building your own ad-hoc crowdfunding site.
  • Software Stack
    • It’s a Ruby on Rails app that makes heavy use of SCSS, Kickstarter’s wonderful amazon_flex_pay gem, and a hint of CoffeeScript
    • procfile included so can be easily deployed on Heroku
  • Code Repository
  • Payment Gateway
    • Amazon Payments
    • Can be integrated with other systems
  • Success Stories

Based on PHP

CROWDFUNDING

http://itprism.com/free-joomla-extensions/ecommerce-gamification/crowdfunding-collective-raising-capital
Crowdfunding is a Joomla! extension that provides functionality for building and managing websites for collective fundraising
  • Software Stack
    • Joomla Plugin (PHP)
  • Code Repository
  • Payment Gateway
    • Paypal
    • Bitcoin
    • Bank transfer
    • iDEAL via Mollie
    • AuthorizeNet
    • WePay
  • Misc
    • Pro version requires an ITPrism membership and has an associated cost

GITTIP

https://www.gittip.com/
Gittip is a crowdfunding site for freelancers wanting to make a living out of their passions, and their compensation is based on continuous, anonymous “microdonations” from patrons
  • Software Stack
    • Drupal (PHP & MySQL)
  • Code Repository
  • Payment Gateway
    • Paypal
    • Bitcoin
    • Credit Cards
  • Success Stories
    • Gittip Stats indicate 2696 active users and $12,747.74 changed hands last Thursday. $12,120.48 is ready for this Thursday

GOTEO

http://goteo.org/
Goteo is a social network for crowdfunding and distributed collaboration with open code
  • Software Stack
    • Apache/php/mysql
  • Code Repository
  • Payment Gateway
    • Paypal
    • Credit Cards
  • Success Stories
    • House Symbcity is a nonprofit project initiated by students to create prototype of a self sufficient housing of the existing obsolete housing blocks. Minimum requirement was Euro 7790 and received Euro 9510 with 31 days remaining

IGNITIONDECK

http://ignitiondeck.com/id/
Ignition Deck is a WordPress Crowdfunding platform, to crowdfund, pre-sell or raise funds for projects
  • Software Stack
    • WordPress
  • Payment Gateway
    • Paypal
  • Success Stories
    • Star Citizen Project raised a whopping $4,104,189.00, using a custom version of the IgnitionDeck WordPress crowdfunding plugin. Star Citizen has also received an additional $3,044,770.00 through its website using IgnitionDeck

Based on Python

FREEDOMSPONSONRS

https://freedomsponsors.org/
Freedomsponsors is a crowdfunding platform for programming tasks of Free and Open Source Software. It lets you help the Open Source projects you love by creating and collecting bounties
  • Software Stack
    • Python+Django application
  • Code Repository
  • Payment Gateway
    • Paypal
    • Bitcoin

Not Open Source

INVESTEDIN

http://invested.in/
Investedin’s crowdfunding technology powers sites for brands like Coca-Cola, for banks like ATB Financial and for entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations
  • Software Stack
    • Proprietary software
  • Success stories
    • Crowdfunding to build a replacement fuel tank for Multistrada 1000 fetched $42,580 against a goal of $40,000

LAUNCHT

http://www.launcht.com/
Lancht empowers universities, nonprofits, startup crowdfunding portals, competitions, and others to create their own custom white label crowdfunding platform
  • Payment Gateway
    • WePay
  • Success stories
    • Vassar college raised over $150,000 in a single day of crowdfunding and the highlights include 1229 donors with participation from every class since 1945!

THRINACIA

https://www.thrinacia.com/
Thrinacia is a SaaS White Label MultiVerse CrowdFunding Engine
  • Software Stack
    • It’s PHP based
  • Payment Gateway
    • Paypal
    • Stripe

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