Written by Michael Ibberson on December 23, 2014. Posted in Crowdfunding News, Crowdfunding Platforms

Earlier in the year, The Crowdfunding Centre published the JOBSImpact Small Business Crowdfunding Index, a report that ranks American states and cities according to over 40-relatable metrics, including active projects, pending projects, funded projects, jobs created and total dollars raised. The document explores numerous facets of the US crowdfunding economy—the country outperformed all others between July and September 2014, boasting 5,529 active projects worth $142,806,207—and cites the following as the most favourable places to crowdfund in the US:

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. New York
  3. Vermont
  4. Oregon
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Utah
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Nevada
  10. Massachusetts

Interestingly, the largest sectors for the states above include film, community, music, animals and technology—many traditional categories of crowdfunding. Combined, all marketplaces have created nearly 40,000 new jobs this year, a number limited by pending equity rules and regulations. Once finalized, the best places to crowdfund in the US will likely change due to the traditional nature of projects (i.e. arts-related versus real estate) seen this year.

Top Websites to Crowdfund in the US

Moving away from physical locations, Crowdfunding.com also surveyed the 2014 marketplace and named the top ten portals online. In order of popularity, the most active crowdfunding portals in the US are:

  • GoFundMe
  • Kickstarter
  • Indiegogo
  • TeeSpring
  • YouCaring
  • Causes
  • CrowdRise
  • GiveForward
  • Patreon
  • FirstGiving

Again, as expounded in Crowdfunding Centre’s report, the portals above deal primarily with rewards- and donation-crowdfunding, meaning the green light for equity could drastically change these scores. Remember, too, that popularity is not the only factor to weigh when choosing a crowdfunding portal; the research above recounts the year’s crowdfunding activity and does not aim to persuade new project creators to choose certain sites over others.

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