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Crowdfunding for Life Events, Medical Emergencies Is Now Free on Indiegogo The San Francisco-based crowdfunding platform says that it will not collect commission when individuals are raising money for medical emergencies, memorials and other life events.

By Catherine Clifford

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Isn't it refreshing when a company does something that shows it has humanity? That there are people with hearts that beat and feel in boardrooms, and that profit doesn't come before life, limbs and happiness?

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo says it has no interest in making money on your personal tragedies. The San Francisco-based company announced today that it is launching Indiegogo Life, a site that will allow individuals to raise money for medical crises, memorials, emergencies and other life events without paying a fee to Indiegogo. Individuals will still have to pay payment processing fees, but will not have to pay a commission to Indiegogo.

Related: Indiegogo Pilots New Program Allowing Crowdfunding Campaigns to Stay Open Indefinitely

Typically, Indiegogo charges successful crowdfunding campaigns a 4 percent commission fee. Campaigns that do not meet their stated goal reach their stated goal have to pay a 9 percent commission fee on the amount they did raise.

On rival crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, where campaigns have to reach their goal to collect any money, the commission fee is 5 percent. However, Kickstarter -- which is larger than Indiegogo by dollars raised -- does not allow campaigns intended to raise money for charity or personal causes.

Crowdfunding campaigns that are eligible for using the Indiegogo platform without paying a commission include those that are raising funds for medical needs, emergencies, celebrations, memorials, pets and animals, faith and religious initiatives, sports, volunteer efforts, education and school programs.

Related: Everything You Need for a Winning Crowdfunding Campaign (Infographic)

Here's a look at the sorts of campaigns Indiegogo intends to benefit from this Indiegogo Life, free-fee initiative.

John Jennings: Musician's Relief Love Campaign


Lets Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation!



HELP THE HALEYS HAVE A BABY!

Fund 4 Officer P Vincent & Cpl N Cirillo

Related: 7 Secrets From the Man Who Turned a Kickstarter Flop Into the Most Successful Campaign Ever

Catherine Clifford

Frequently covers crowdfunding, the sharing economy and social entrepreneurship.

Catherine Clifford is a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Catherine attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Email her at CClifford@entrepreneur.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.

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