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.
10 ‘GoFundMe.com’ Reviews
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.
I am new to this site and trying very hard to raise money for a Homeless Shelter. I trust this site to do what it told me they would do. I have read everyone's reviews and can't leave a comment on how it turns out for me just yet. But I will when its completed. I donated to my site as a Seed Donation to this Ministry and haven't received any calls from anyone. I did it with the intent of showing others that it is a safe site. I have found it to be just that so far. If it wasn't for this site I don't know how I would get the Word out that we need help so i am grateful to them for helping me to do that. I know up front they charge a fee and that is alright with me because they told me up front and because they are keeping up with the donations, posting it on the site and letting me know how many donations come in so I can thank the people who are doing it. I don't know about everyone else who uses this site but I can tell you this I like and trust it so far. My page is legit and its intended purpose is to help those in need and I am so thankful to the people who donate to this much needed cause and thankful for those that made it possible for me to have this page. I'll let everyone know how it worked out when I am finished. God Bless you
Daughter beat stage 4 cancer
My daughter could not have beaten stage 4 cancer without Go fund Me.
Yes they have charges, yes, if you know the person it is better to donate directly. However it was money that made the difference from bankruptcy to remission!!
We cannot thank this website enough for the smooth process in helping our daughter win her fight!
So far so good
I signed up for the site and it was fast and easy with a lot of widgets for you to learn how to share and promote yourself. People gave this site one star because they charged a fee when in fact that was clear on their website. Before you give it a bad review please read the facts on the website. Secondly, this will be the first of two reviews, will will see what it's like when we withdrew the cash.
GoFundMe - complete waste of time and frustrating experience
We spent hours setting up the account at www.GoFundMe.com
We received a Congratulations email that it was all set up.
Then, Jordan of the "Customer Happiness Team" emailed that the account was closed due to "a violation" but would not say what it was.
Our activities are very noble, and you can see from our web site, such as helping the Boy Scouts. We did not violate any rule.
After several emails, and no response, we have made this page as a warning to others, that you may be wasting your time to set up an account with GoFundMe.