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Indiegogo goes fee-free for some campaigns

Indiegogo Life website page
Source: Indiegogo Life
Indiegogo Life website page

The crowdfunding platform Indiegogo is now letting users raise money on its site for free for worthy causes.

On Monday, the company launched Indiegogo Life, a service that enables people to use the platform to raise money for things such as emergencies, medical expenses and other life events.

Previously, Indiegogo charged users who met their campaign goal a 4 percent fee if they used PayPal and a 9 percent fee if they didn't. While Indiegogo Life does not charge a fee, a third-party payment processor fee of 3 percent does apply, according to the company's website.

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The categories that are now fee-free on Indiegogo include emergencies, medical needs, memorials, pets and animals, faith, sports, volunteer efforts and education.

For example, one of the current campaigns in the medical category is aimed at raising money for a woman who needs financial help paying for brain surgery. Crowdfunding sites such as Indiegogo typically appeal more to companies looking to fund a new idea and not charitable causes, largely because campaigns can be difficult to set up and platform fees can add up quickly.

Along with cutting fees from the process, Indiegogo said it has also simplified the process of launching a new campaign, enabling users to set up in a few minutes.

By CNBC's Cadie Thompson.