What Are Stretch Goals?

The what, why, and how of stretch goals.

What Are Stretch Goals?

Stretch goals are a powerful strategy to not only exceed your crowdfunding campaign's initial target but to also maintain momentum and keep backers engaged. Beyond the basic funding needed to bring a project to life, stretch goals unlock additional rewards, features, or enhancements, incentivizing further support. They can dramatically increase the scope of what's possible, turning a successful campaign into an extraordinary one.

In this blog post, we'll dive into the what, why, and how of stretch goals, providing you with the insights needed to leverage them effectively in your Kickstarter campaign.

Stretch goals are not part of the official Kickstarter platform. Rather, a stretch goal is a funding target set by the project creator beyond the original Kickstarter goal. Stretch goals as a term and practice emerged from the Kickstarter community as a way for creators to "stretch" beyond the initial, official goal of the Kickstarter project and raise more money (and often make cooler stuff!). Funds are collected whether stretch goals are met or not, as long as the project has met its Kickstarter funding goal. 

What happens when a project is overfunded varies depending on the project, and stretch goals are not right for every project.

If you are thinking about stretch goals, you should consider the following.

Project Complexity

Stretch goals can make a project more difficult to complete. Fulfilling rewards can be demanding, and any time you add new stuff (more songs on your album, better materials or options for your creation), the demands increase. There are more costs to consider and more things to ship—things can get complicated fast. It can be tempting to add stretch goals—especially if a project quickly exceeds its initial funding goal—but this shouldn't be done without careful planning. 


If adding stretch goals, think carefully about how to announce them to your community of backers. Take the time to explain your intentions, your motivations, and your plans. Any changes made midstream should be accompanied by an assurance that you are honoring your initial promises to backers. Simply proclaiming, “New goal!” without recognizing what you’ve achieved together can rub backers the wrong way.

As an alternative to a stretch goal, you may want to consider using add-on rewards instead. Add-ons are optional rewards that give backers the possibility to easily select additional items that perhaps were not included as part of the reward tier they selected. 

Take a look at our ”How do I add rewards to my project? article for more information.

You can also offer add-ons and reward upgrades after your campaign ends using a pledge management service such as PledgeManager by Kicktraq.

To find out more about the services they offer, check out our “What is PledgeManager by Kicktraq and how does it work?” article.