Five million backers!

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We’re excited to share that Kickstarter recently crossed two incredible milestones: More than 50,000 creative projects have been successfully funded, and more than five million people from around the world have backed a project. 

Here's a rundown of some fresh stats: 

Total Money Pledged: $848,707,743.37
Total Pledges: 11,379,607
Successfully Funded Projects: 50,755
Funding Success Rate: 43.84%

Over the past four-plus years, more than $848 million has been pledged to projects on Kickstarter. At our current pace, Kickstarter will pass $1 billion in pledges early next year, sometime before our fifth birthday. 

A billion dollars is an insane amount of money, but in practice these funds are pledged and distributed in much smaller increments. The most common pledge on Kickstarter is $25 (and has been for most of our existence), and the majority of successfully funded projects raise less than $10,000.

Kickstarter's bread and butter remains projects that raise less than $10,000, and many of these projects have gone on to do great things. Room 237, a Sundance-award winning documentary about The Shining, and FUBAR 2, a graphic novel that hit the NY Times Best Sellers list, raised less than $10,000 and went on to receive critical praise and reach a wide audience. We hear stories like these all the time. 

There have been blockbusters, too: 861 projects have raised more than $100,000 and 50 projects have raised more than $1 million. They range from new games, albums, and films to innovative projects that will literally explore space. People are constantly finding new ways to use Kickstarter. 


Total Backers: 5,041,067
Repeat Backers: 1,473,393 (29% of backers)

Of course none of these projects could have happened without backers. People in more than 90% of the countries on Earth have backed a Kickstarter project. Overall, more than 5 million people have backed a Kickstarter project, and almost 1.5 million people have backed two or more projects (repeat backers, as we call them).

People who come to Kickstarter to back a project often go on to back other projects. Some back a lot of projects. More than 41,000 people have backed 25 or more projects. More than 2,400 have backed 100 or more projects. And there are even eight people (two of whom work at Kickstarter), who have backed more than 1,000 projects.

 This community of repeat backers is big and getting bigger. Their pledges make up more than 60% of all money pledged on Kickstarter. In all, they’ve pledged $512 million to projects.

The generosity and support that these five million backers have shown to creators is incredible. A backer’s contribution to a project is much more than financial. They’re literally helping people fulfill their dreams and bring new works into the world. What could be better than that? 

For more data on Kickstarter and how our system works, visit our Stats page, which shares the raw data behind Kickstarter and is updated daily. Thanks!

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