Kindful Alternative: Why MembershipWorks is Better for Membership-Based Nonprofits

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MembershipWorks vs. Kindful

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Looking for a Kindful Alternative?

Kindful is a fundraising platform that is more focused on donor management versus memberships. MembershipWorks is a better choice for those that are looking for an all-in-one membership software for nonprofits.

Why MembershipWorks is Better than Kindful

  1. Cheaper pricing. MembershipWorks offers its lowest-priced paid plan at $35/month while Kindful starts at $100 per month. While prices appear competitive at higher account levels (based upon number of contacts), MembershipWorks does not charge for secondary contacts on the same membership while Kindful charges individually for each contact. In other words, a family membership is counted as only one account with MembershipWorks, but that’s not the case with Kindful. 
  2. No setup fees. MembershipWorks does not charge any setup fees. Kindful charges $199 for setup.
  3. More membership-related features. Organizations with members such as associations, chambers of commerce, networking groups, clubs and cooperatives will find many more features that suit their needs with MembershipWorks. For example, Kindful does not offer:
    • Member directories
    • Members only content
    • Classified ads
    • Job boards
    • Announcement boards
    • Built-in shopping cart
  4. Phone support and live screen share training – Kindful offers help videos, but doesn’t offer phone support or free, live screen share training for the life of the account.


MembershipWorks vs. Kindful Comparison Chart
MembershipWorks Kindful
Price per month starts at $0; paid plans start at $35 starts at $100
Setup Fee $0 $199
Additional per-transaction charges (beyond payment gateway fees) $0 $0
Member Only Content Yes No
Directory Yes No
Event Calendar / Registration Yes Yes
Classifieds Yes No
Job Board Yes No
Announcement Board or Forum Yes No
Donations (aside from memberships that are donations) Yes Yes
Shopping Cart Yes No
CMS compatibility WordPress, Weebly, Squarespace, Wix, Duda, WithoutCode, Drupal, Joomla, Spacecraft, HTML5 sites WordPress, Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, Spacecraft
Key Integrations MailChimp, Quickbooks Online and Desktop, Xero MailChimp, Shopify, Constant Contact, Classy, Emma
Payment Gateways Stripe,, PayPal Stripe, PayPal, Square, Authorize.Net
Support Free phone, email, and live screen share training Email, chat
Admin seats on paid plans Unlimited Unlimited


Note that pricing and features may change from the information we have gathered here. Providers regularly evolve their product offerings and price points.

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