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Go Fund Me

Go Fund Me

Easy online fundraising with simple personal donation websites.

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Launched on May 10, 2010, GoFundMe is a do-it-yourself online fundraising service that has helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars in online donations for the fundraising ideas that matter to them most. GoFundMe allows regular people to accomplish extraordinary things with easy-to-use personal donation websites. From exciting life events like weddings & graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents & illnesses, the GoFundMe fundraising software remains one of the best ways to raise money online.

1. How to Fundraise Online?

GoFundMe makes it super simple to fundraise online for the things that matter to you most. From honeymoons to memorials and everything in between, it’s easy to invite family & friends to donate to your important life events, projects & causes.

How to Fundraise: Simply sign up, create your donation website, share your link with friends and collect donations. You automatically receive each donation in real-time.

Like what? GoFundMe allows you to raise money online for just about any idea, event, project or cause your family, friends & personal contacts might believe in.

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Need some inspiration? Check out our list of Fundraising Ideas

Not sure about us? Millions of dollars have been raised on GoFundMe. Need proof?

What is the media saying? Have a look at our Reviews & Press

What do users think? Check out these Success Stories

2. How do I accept donations online?

With GoFundMe, it’s all built in! After signing-up you’ll share your donation page link with friends, family & contacts. Your visitors complete their donation on your page using a debit or credit card and you instantly receive each payment. The entire process takes less than a minute.

3. When do I get my money?

Immediately! With GoFundMe there’s no time-limits or collection requirements. Each and every payment you receive is yours! Your GoFundMe page will continue to accept donations even after your goal is met.

4. How do I get my money?

Simply click the ‘Withdraw’ link inside of your GoFundMe account to request a check or electronic bank transfer. Making a withdrawal does not affect your fundraising progress or what’s displayed on your page.

5. Do my donors need an account?

Nope! Your donors simply visit your page link and complete their payments using a debit or credit card.

6. Will GoFundMe charge me any fees?

GoFundMe will automatically deduct a 5% fee from each donation you receive. If you don’t receive any donations, then you won’t pay anything at all.

Since our fee is deducted from each donation in real-time, you’ll never need to worry about getting billed or owing us any money. Your donors are NEVER charged fees.

Remember, GoFundMe is the BEST fundraising solution available and all those extra donations you collect should more than make up for the fee.

7. Will PayPal or WePay charge me any fees?

A WePay account will be created for you inside of GoFundMe during the sign up process (or you can create/connect a PayPal account). Depending on your choice, either WePay OR PayPal will be used to process your payments (not both).

Both services charge a small fee on each payment you receive. WePay charges a single fee of 3.5% or $0.50 per transaction – whichever is greater. PayPal charges 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction.

Remember, all this fancy account setup happens inside of GoFundMe. You don’t need to visit other websites or worry about complicated account settings.

8. Why wouldn’t I just use PayPal only?

You could think of PayPal as a good ‘cash register’, but without the ‘store’. In other words, PayPal doesn’t give you and your donors an engaging destination that’s engineered for results. That’s where we come in.

GoFundMe is more than a payment form – it’s a entire fundraising system that’s always working to help you raise more money. Beyond beautiful donation pages and powerful sharing features, GoFundMe gives you a complete online fundraising command center that you’ll be sure to love.

9. Do I have to be a non-profit to use this?

No! Anyone can raise money online using GoFundMe’s customizable donation pages. Our users often raise money for themselves or for friends they want to help out. GoFundMe was designed to allow everyday people to do wonderful things with the money they raise online.

That said, many non-profits do use GoFundMe because it’s such a great way to raise money online. GoFundMe users can also raise money for their favorite chairty. See below…

10. How does the ‘Charity Donations’ feature work?

GoFundMe has teamed-up with a trusted partner called FirstGiving to process and deliver all donations to your favorite US-based charities and non-profit organizations. FirstGiving deducts a 4.25% fee to process and deliver all charity donation payments.

Visit our Charity Donations page and search for the charity you would like to raise money for. Click the orange ‘Raise Money’ button to customize your personalized donation page for your selected charity.

11. Will my donors get charged any fees?

No! Donors do not get charged any fees for donating to your GoFundMe page.

12. Are there limits to how much money I raise?

No way! GoFundMe users can raise as much money as they want. Your page will continue to accept donations even after your goal is met. You can even withdraw your money at any time without affecting your donation page.

13. Can I raise money on Facebook & Twitter?

Of course! Connecting to Facebook & Twitter is part of what makes GoFundMe work so well. The best part is that visitors to your donation page end up doing most of the sharing for you – helping you to attract more donors!

14. How will I know when people donate?

We send you an email each time somebody donates to your page. After receiving the email, you’ll see the new donation appear in your GoFundMe dashboard and added to your overall account balance.

15. How do I know it’s safe to donate to someone?

In terms of online security, all payments are securely processed using industry-standard Secure Socket Layer encryption, or SSL.

As a rule of thumb, only donate to people you personally know and trust. When in doubt, don’t donate and report any suspicious pages or activity to our team here.

16. What about taxes?

We’re unable to provide specific tax advice since everyone’s situation is different. While this is no means a guarantee, most donations on GoFundMe are simply considered to be ‘personal gifts’ which are not taxed as income in the US.

Additionally, only donations made to a legally registered non-profit or charity may be considered eligible for donors to claim as a tax deduction. Again, every situation is different so please consult with a tax professional in your area.

17. What countries and currencies are supported?

GoFundMe works in countries that are supported by our payments partners. We realize that payment companies like PayPal operate in many counties, but only some counties are fully supported to work with GoFundMe.

Supported countries and currencies include: United States of America ($USD), United Kingdom (£GBP), Canada ($CAD), Australia ($AUD), and Eurozone Countries (€EUR).

Simply set your country and currency during the Sign Up process.

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