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.
13 ‘GoFundMe.com’ Reviews
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.
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