Can I have goals without pledges?
Beemium subscribers can do this by setting a pledge cap of $0 on any goal (new or existing). While these goals still technically have pledges (so you'll still receive legitimacy checks), a $0 derailment costs $0, so you won't be charged anything if the goal derails!
You can adjust the $0 pledge cap to put a real pledge on the goal anytime, if you change your mind later. The reverse is also true -- you can step down an existing goal's pledge to $0 (with the usual seven-day wait on changes that make your goal easier), then cap it there.
Keywords: pledgeless goals, toothless goals, freebees