logo.chipinChipIn, a resource that been used extensively for years, especially by the rescue/shelter community, is shutting down as of March 7, 2013.  ChipIn has been used to raise funds to save, vet and care for countless animals as well as many other uses and with its shut down, it’s going to leave a huge void in raising funds easily and relatively transparently.

Posted on the ChipIn site as of 2/4/13 was the following notice;

This is to notify all users of Chipin.com website (“Website”) that ChipIn Inc. has been merged with InMobi Technologies Pvt. Ltd (collectively referred to as “Company”). We further wish to notify that InMobi has decided to discontinue the Website and all services thereunder onMarch 7, 2013 (“End Date”). Effective from the End Date, all registrations of any organizer/customer/user will be automatically cancelled/terminated without further liability to Company. Any personal data related to you, which may have been collected through the Website shall be destroyed as per the terms of the Privacy Policy provided under the Website.

InMobi will continue to own and hold on to the ChipIn brand, domain, and technology.

As of the date of this notice it will no longer be possible to create new accounts or ChipIns. Those with existing accounts will still be able to log in, copy and export data, manage ChipIns, update ChipIn pages, and accept contributions until the End Date. Chipin.com was started in 2005 as an easy way for individuals to raise money collectively and was one of the pioneers in this field. In six years Chipin.com helped thousands of users raise millions from contributors for wide-ranging purposes, including heart surgeries, pet adoptions, college graduation, disaster funds and much more.

Thank you for being part of the ChipIn community! It is gratifying to know that it has made a positive difference for many.

I know that PayPal is also used quite extensively but it does lack some of the convenience of ChipIn.  Are there other resources out there? If you know of any, please feel free to share.  Perhaps another company will help to fill in the gap that’s being created by ChipIn’s closure and hopefully this is not going to cause major problems for the rescue community which daily faces enough challenges as it is.

Alternatives

YouCaring.com – YouCaring is a free fundraising website created for individuals wanting to raise funds for medical expenses, memorials and funerals, tuition assistance, adoption fundraising, funding for mission trips and helping another in need. It provides a simple and organized way to implement your fundraiser ideas and help achieve, or exceed your fundraising goals.

Pledgie – Pledgie — Helping you help others. Pledgie is the premier service for fundraising online. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE USE PLEDGIE EVERYDAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CAUSES THEY CARE ABOUT.

 

 

 

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