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.
29 ‘GoFundMe.com’ Reviews
A Blessing For Us
This site has been a blessing to us that I wasn't expecting. After my husband's two illnesses back to back (Oct, Dec, & Jan. in three different hospitals), I used up all of sick days, personal days and vacation days at work. On January 15, I found out I was taken off the payroll and would not be put back on until I returned to work on Feb. 2. That meant little to no paycheck for January. I was researching some information about my husband's illness of Gillian-Barre when I read a story about someone being funded with this disease and what a great help it was to them. As the month drew to an end and I needed money for monthly bills and doctor bills, I was in a desperate situation and I set up this site. I set up my site on Thursday and by Monday, I had money deposited into my account. Within less than two weeks, I had the money I needed to pay our monthly bills. Gofundme has been an answer to our prayers and took the financial worry off of us so I could exert all my energy in helping my husband recover from this dreadful disease. I have used the updates to help show awareness for this disease that is very rare and can happen to anyone. For me, the fees are understandable for the results I have received. Thank you, Gofundme, you have been a blessing to us!!
Utterly Unresponsive and Irresponsible
GoFundMe is a crap shoot. They allow anybody, and I mean ANYBODY to use any excuse to collect money. They exert absolutely no control over how that money is spent. Example: I live in Tampa, Florida. A bizarre story recently unfolded about a cat named Bart who rose from the dead five days after being buried alive. A woman named Dusty Albritton was allowed to open an account on GoFundMe to collect money for Bart's medical expenses. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay provided ALL of Bart's medical care and not one thin dime was received from the money collected from Dusty Albritton. After a thorough investigation, the Humane Society determined that Bart was an abused animal and refused to return him to his owner, Dusty Albritton's neighbor. The money donated for Bart's medical expenses are now being funneled into the legal fees incurred by Bart's owner suing the Humane Society for his return, the very people who footed the bill for his medical expenses. GoFundMe has been contacted repeatedly and they do absolutely NOTHING to shut down this woman's account. GoFundMe allows fraud to proliferate on their site and does nothing to make sure charitable causes are indeed charitable and not scams. GoFundMe could care less about the legitimacy of an account as long as they collect their percentage.
really not sure about go fund me...
to me this fund raising site makes no sense...
it relies at first on Facebook, your friends and family.
I am in a tough situation right now.
out of desperation I joined gofundme.
I've got to say I am ashamed of what I have become.
I used to have a comfortable life and now I am at the very bottom.
if I wanted to ask my friends and family for money, I just would do it.
why in the hell would I need GFM to do so???
I can understand if you are raising money for a special cause.
then I guess you friends and family can advertise your cause and their friends can donate and advertise your cause to their friends etc....
but even that is silly I guess...
you could just make a fund raising post of facebook, let your friends know etc.... after all people wouldn't need GFM to donate money...
why would I want a friend to donate/lend me money and have to pay a fee to GFM?????????
anyway just my opinion...
Account Deleted Without Explanation
GoFundMe seemed like such a user friendly site, and campaign set up was easy. Then, without explanation, my account was deleted. I contacted them and got a swift, canned reply from "Customer Happiness" in which he "promised" to help resolve the issue and asked for confirmation regarding my campaign name. I confirmed immediately and got a reply that there is a problem with WePay. I asked for clarification, but got no reply. I do not understand how there could be a problem with WePay given that the only information they have about me is the campaign (which is a medical mission to Guatemala), my name, and my email address. I contacted WePay and after waiting for 20 minutes on hold, the representative could provide no additional insight into the problem.
An additional problem with GoFundMe is that they do not provide much support to smaller campaigns. Until your campaign raises $500, your campaign is invisible. People searching for your campaign by exact name and zip code will not be able to find your campaign. This is not the case on Indiegogo. One can find all active campaigns, no matter how much has been raised and "activity" related to the campaign (many small donations, page views) contributes to a campaigns ranking.
I regret that I did not go with Indiegogo!
GoFundMe has made over 23 Million...who's really profiting??
I truly wonder about GoFundMe. They say they've helped raise 580million so far. They charge 7.9% by taking it out of the donated money. 7.9% can be significant to the people trying to raise funds and it can look like a goal was met, but it's missing 7.9%. 7.9% of $10,000 = $790.
I looked into this because I was curious about the fees and then though, wow, if they've raised over 580million, how much have they made?? To figure out what they profit, we'll be nice and presume each donation is by credit card, for which there is a 2-5% charge, with 3-4% being common. So I rounded and said they get 4% and the credit cards get 3.9%. Well 4% of 580million is over 23million!! Quite the business to make so much money off other people's miseries...
Bad Experience With Go Fund Me and We Pay
This company, and their use of WePay is one of the worst experiences of my life. There is no real customer support and they will suspend your campaign with no REAL explanation of why. Their reliance on WePay (which i've since researched and now see all the bad reviews) is the biggest detriment. The only real customer service support is emails and chats. Just like every other "start-up" tech company ive taken a chance on, this company has policies that hide them from any real accountability on how they treat their customers. Go with a more established brand (Kickstarter) if possible.
I just felt very used, cheated, and disrespected after trying to use this company for my campaign. Don't believe the slick marketing campaigns!!! VERY BAD EXPERIENCE!
I started this page for my son who is in the fight of his life. His kidneys are failing. And while yrs I have raised some money my problem is that gofund me put money in my account and then took it back out and did this 2 times with EACH transactions! And each time they CHARGED ME! They charged me when they deposited the money and when they took it back!
My orphaned niece and nephew
I set a fundraiser for the children these parents pass away and I needed emergency funds to pay their legal fees and traveling expensive also they need medical attention no funds yet please help it move forward thanks
What a Crock
This site is the biggest bunch of scammers anywhere. Any loser can post on this site and beg for money with no accountability by GOFUNDME. I know of a person who posted for money who had no relation to this issue she was "collecting" for. What a crock!!!
Go Fund Me - Corrin
I put up a site for my grandaughter to get $6,000 college dorm fees (she's a straight A student but struggling with transportation to get to/from school). I am very unfortunately unable to pay this AND I live in a different state so i can't drive her.
No funding yet but I am hopeful (& praying).
I would recommend Go Fund Me.
GoFundMe is a hotbed for scams
I recently donated some money for my friend but it never got to her. It was run by someone calling themselves Renee Rousell from Australia. GoFundMe obviously didn't vet her very well. She never sent the money to my friend and I suspect this is not the first time she has pulled this. DO NOT USE GOFUNDME!!!!!!!
Older man has problems
Hello my name is Tony i will be 70 soon i am still working its ok but i dont know how long i can last i only get 540 dollars SS a month if i can pay my house and car off if i cant work i might get buy i would need about 40,000 dollars so i hope i find an angel out there to help me i live in meadville Penn. 278 walnut st 16335 Tony mangilo
try youcaring.com instead!
I really like the idea of crowdfunding, because there are a lot of people that need help and there are a lot of people who want to help and getting those people connected is an awesome idea. I've donated through gofundme to people/causes that were close to my heart but when I set up my own crowdfunding, I chose not to use gofundme because of the 5% on top of the 2.9% that WePay charges. I used youcaring.com instead because they take zero percent for themselves. 2.9% is still taken by WePay (or PayPal) but they keep their website operating by donations instead of mandatory fees.
Worked for us
I set up a go fund me account to help defray the costs of my nephew's unanticipated and untimely death. While we did not reach our goal: we did raise some funds to help defray a small portion of the costs.
While the fees may seem high to the lay person: any business person will recognize that those fees are paid to the banks for processing. I doubt that the site is very profitable, if it is even profitable at all. It would behoove people to understand that the banks get a piece of every pie every time you use that little magic card you carry to and fro.
Works for me
Yes, the fees seem a tad steep but it's a great tool for being able to cast a wide fundraising net. I have not received any information to indicate that my name is being sold to other fundraising venues as said in another post. People like options and this site is delivering in that way for me!
Don't Go Fund Me
I have put up donation sites 3 or four different times to help me get a car to take my daughter to Children's Hospital 2 hours away, to help better myself by buying a home, and recently to help my sister get her and her husband to his mom's because she died. Not one person donated. They make YOU do all the work, and what if you don't know what you are doing? They're not there for you. So, I don't recommend this JOKE of a website to ANY body.
GOFUNDME ceo Brad Damphousse
Brad Damphousse is a charlatan, cheat, scammer and the list just keeps growing. He uses your private information to solicit contributions to other causes and then he sells your private contact information to other scamming companies.
Fine as of now
I have setup a GoFundMe account for my son's fundraising. So far, the charge is fine with me. Nothing is free nowadays, and for them to run such site they also need profit from it. As long as it does not take away everything from what we earned from fundraising, all is well.