Crowdfunding Alberta is a made-for-Alberta crowdfunding platform that enables non-profit organizations to create fundraising campaigns and invite supporters to donate and share on social media. Organizations may receive up to $5,000 annually in match funding from the Government of Alberta.
The Alberta government will match 50% of funds raised, up to $5,000 annually, to eligible non-profit organizations. Match funding eligibility is assessed automatically and transferred through electronic funds (EFT) to eligible organizations.
Match funding eligibility criteria
Organizations must meet the following criteria to be eligible for match funding:
- Raise at least $2,000 within 8-weeks of launching their campaign.
- Receive donations from at least 5 individuals.
- Raise funds through cash contributions received, exclusively, on the platform – assets and in-kind donations are not accepted.
- Raise funds to provide programs or services for the benefit of Alberta-based communities – campaigns in the name of, or for the benefit of a specific individual will not be eligible for match funding.
- Raise funds for one of the following costs expected within 18 months of launching your campaign:
- capital and equipment
- staff training
- wages and benefits
- research and development
To participate in Crowdfunding Alberta, organizations must:
- operate in Alberta
- have up-to-date accounting and reporting related to any grant previously awarded by the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Status of Women, or the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, or both
- be registered for a period of one year and in active standing under one of these acts:
- Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations
- Companies Act, Part 9 (Non-profit Companies)
- Societies Act of Alberta
- Agriculture Societies Act
- Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
- Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
- Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
- Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))
Read the Crowdfunding Alberta fact sheet for complete match funding and program eligibility information.
The following entities are not eligible to use the Crowdfunding Alberta platform:
- politically affiliated organizations
- municipalities, First Nations and Metis Settlements
- commercial and for-profit organizations
- schools or school boards
- post-secondary institutions
Payment processing fees
The Government of Alberta is not involved in donation transactions. All donations are processed through third party payment processors, Stripe or Paypal, and issued directly from the donor to the organization.
In addition to payment processing fees, there may also be fees for using the crowdfunding platform. The platform fees range from 0% to 5% payable to our platform provider, ConnectionPoint Systems Inc. ConnectionPoint Systems Inc. offers 3 payment models for your organization to choose from Free, Standard and Pro.
With the free model, non-profits do not pay a platform transaction fee to ConnectionPoint. Instead, during the checkout process, donors are asked if they will leave ConnectionPoint a completely optional small tip to help operate the platform and keep fundraising free for the non-profit organization.
With the standard model, non-profits pay a platform transaction fee of 5% to ConnectionPoint. This model is most often used when the non-profit has a government partner, corporate sponsor, major donor, or endowment who is willing to pay the fees on behalf of the non-profit organization and allow them to say, ‘100% of each donation goes to our work’.
With the pro model, non-profits pay a platform transaction fee of 5% to ConnectionPoint. During the checkout process, donors are asked if they are willing to pay all the payment processing and platform fees on behalf of the non-profit organization.
Now that you understand the eligibility criteria and fees, you can create a profile and start a Crowdfunding Alberta campaign.
Step 1: Create your organization's profile
If your non-profit organization is new to Crowdfunding Alberta, you need to create a profile on the platform.
Step 2: Create a campaign
Before you can submit your organization's profile for approval to use the Crowdfunding Alberta platform, you must also create your organization's first crowdfunding campaign.
Once your organization has been approved for use of the platform, you may create and submit as many additional campaigns and as often as you would like. Your organization receives all of the donations raised, less third-party payment processing fees and platform fees, whether you reach your funding goal or not.
Each campaign is reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. Submissions are reviewed within 10 business days of receipt. Depending on volume, this process may take longer. Campaign submissions that are incomplete, or include incorrect information take longer to review. Your organization will be notified by email once a decision has been reached.
Once approved, your campaign will be live on the Crowdfunding Alberta platform and ready to share with your networks.
There are a variety of Crowdfunding Alberta webinars to help non-profit organizations learn how to create and promote campaigns.
Subscribe to Community Development Unit’s newsletter for upcoming webinars and news.
View previous campaigns that received government match funding.
Was this page helpful?
Your submissions are monitored by our web team and are used to help improve the experience on Alberta.ca.