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Published 03/16/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Pledgie gives its users a platform to fundraise for a cause. The site caters to all types of causes, from smaller situations such as a shelter dog in need of surgery to large scale causes. The site gives the user a page to dedicate to their cause. Here, the user can discuss the purpose or reason for giving and share information about those affected. The page also shows visitors how many pledges the cause has received, its financial goal and how close it is to reaching it. Users can also share the cause through Facebook and Twitter or by embedding it on a website with the code provided. Pledgie causes cover a diverse number of areas, from animals, education, health and technology to world and creative causes.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Pledgie was created by Mark Dagget and Gary. It was intended as a side project to help users raise money online for the causes they feel passionate about. The site provided charities and individuals with a way to fundraise while others could come to Pledgie to give. The popularity of the site has taken off and the original founders are working towards making it a full time endeavor.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are a number of websites dedicated to fundraising on the internet. Pledgie stands out in the way it gives the charity or individual running the fundraiser total control. The user can share information on their cause as well as links and more. The site also provides convenient sharing tools so other users can pass the word along.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Pledgie presents users with a neat, clean website that uses a pleasing green color scheme. The charity pages include an area for text, links and other content. Along the right hand side, users can find sharing tools such as a Twitter and Facebook button, code and a badge. The site contains some advertisements but these are generally off to the side and do not interfere with the visitor’s viewing experience.

How does the registration process work?

Visitors can join the Pledgie community by using the form provided on the homepage. Above the form, the user can find two blue buttons. One provides a Twitter login option and the other a Facebook option. Just below, the user can find a short registration form which includes a username, email address and password. A small note at the end of the form advises the user that by submitting their information, they are automatically agreeing to the Pledgie terms of use agreement. After clicking the green “Create Account” link at the bottom of the form, the user is taken directly to their dashboard where they can begin a new fundraising campaign.

What does it cost to use the application?

Pledgie originally offered its services for free. There are no subscription fees and no premium paid membership options. Users who donate can spend as much or as little as the like. There are no donation requirements, either. Recently, due to the significant growth in popularity, the creators have made a move to take Pledgie on as a full time project. In order to fund updates and improvements, the creators have announced their plans to begin taking 3% from every donation made through Pledgie. This seems like a modest amount, especially considering that setting up a charity page is going to remain free.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Pledgie is a helpful tool for anyone who wants to raise money for a cause. Pledgie works on all levels, whether the user is raising money for an individual or a charity. The site is easy to use and gives the user plenty of customization options to share information about their cause.

  • View existing fundraisers
  • Browse through categories of fundraisers
  • List a new fundraiser on Pledgie
  • Give or accept donations through the site
  • Share a cause on Facebook or Twitter

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