GoFundMe.com is a crowdfunding website which says they offer anyone the ability to create their own donation page as a safe, legit way to collect donations for life events, projects, and special causes.
To get started with GoFundMe.com, you simply need to create your donation page to tell the story of what you are collecting money for and why, then share it with your friends and family to start collecting donations.
The page you create will have all the tools necessary to collect donations from either debit or credit cards, and you will be able to track visits to your page and review donor information.
You can crowfund through this website in three different ways. First, if you are collecting money for a charity, you can select Charity Fundraising and the donations received by your site will automatically be deducted on a monthly basis and sent to the charity.
Or you can simply make a personal page where the project or event of your choice can be funded. Though you create a deadline and a goal amount of money that you are trying to raise, your page can exist beyond these limits and allow you to collect as much money as people are willing to donate.
Finally, they offer the All or Nothing option, which functions like popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter. This means that if you do not reach the funding amount you designate by the time your deadline rolls around, all donations will result in a refund; or rather, your donors will never be charged.
GoFundMe.com will automatically deduct a 5% fee from each donation you receive. In addition, when you register your donation page, a WePay payment processing account will be set up for you.
When you withdraw your money through the WePay account, a fee of 2.9% plus 30 cents will be administered. It is important to keep the cost of these fees in mind when setting your goal amount.
If you have any experience with this website, please leave your GoFundMe.com reviews below.
Go Fund Me charges an exorbitant percentage for those of us trying to help people/animals in need. I would not use this site again!
I recently donated to a friend who needed help with her dog's surgery. Almost immediately, I started receiving calls from something called "telefund", which turned out to ASPCA. I have not donated to them in over 3 years and they have NEVER called me before.
I had requested that I be listed anonymously, which I was, so I just thought it was strange to get this call.
Has anyone else had this experience?
I am in stage 4 metastatic breast cancer which is in my liver. My insurance pays for the chemo care which I receive in San Francisco. I travel monthly from Mt. Shasta (a 300 mile trip each way). The best help I have during this grueling process is my adjuvant care which includes healing work and other venues that are not covered by my insurance. I live on social security and cannot afford the treatment that helps me have a good quality of life. I reached out to my friends and family on go fund me and have been able to pay for this care. Go fund me takes a percentage of each donation and deposits the rest into my bank account. I thank each donor with a hand made quilted denim bag. People want to help. This is a way they can that makes all the difference in the world to me. The reviewer before me said to get a job and fund myself. That's not possible under my circumstances. Thank you Go Fund Me. My quality of life is good while I live with this horrible disease.
I raised money for a family out of the kindness of my heart! I was able to raise over $80,000.00 before the fees were taken out. I passed these donations onto the family it was raised for. The wepay.com site that all the money goes to has screwed me over majorly! People who donated came back and disputed their donation and this money was taken out of my personal bank account... costing me almost $300.00. If you do use this site I recommend only getting donations from people you know and are able to contact personally.
On Dec, 31,2012 my roommate Gary Bradford passed away in Fla. He thought he had the burial insurance to complete this wish. However because it was only in force for 14 months and not two years.; the funeral home in Ga . would not bury him. He did not want cremation. His body stayed on ice. His daughter, Angie, was in a quandary, She did not have money to bury her dad next to his mom. She came upon this site and was able to raise almost $5,000 to bury him. He was buried on Jan.20 or 21. That is all I have to say and I am now going on the site to see if I can raise the money to visit my mom who has alzheimers (late stages). She is 82. and also in Fla. Thank you gofundme!