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.
42 ‘GoFundMe.com’ Reviews
Last spring I found out about GoFundMe thru trial and error. I tried using another crowdfunding site a few years ago and it was a total loss. I found this site to be easy to use, and fairly successful. It is up to the person trying to raise money for a cause to make it work. You need to update frequently, send emails. post on Facebook, add pictures, videos, etc...and it relys mostly on your friends and contacts to make the donations to meet your goal. I did a fundraiser for my daughters trip to France with her French class and we managed to raise almost half of the money needed to send her! Again, the money all came from people that we knew thru email contacts, FB contacts and I was continuously asking friends to share with their friends to get the word out. We put up tear offs all over town and beyond to help. This isn't a cake walk...it's a lot of work. But it paid off in the long run for us! I had no issues, no problems setting things up, no problems with WePay, it all came together seamlessly. This isn't a site to just post it and forget it. Your donations come from your friends and their friends. You need to work to make it happen!
SSN to receive your money you need to supply your SSN
If anything happens to my credit while supplying this information I am going to report to everyone about this site.
I agree this site is not safe for customer or donators. Anyone can make up any crock to raise money. And even if you happen to be legit I feel you may become a victim also. My ex set up a campaign on gofundme to help her get in college nothings wrong with that but what if that wasn't true?? How would anyone truely know where their donation is going or what people are using the money donated for. You don't and there are no limits to anything. It's a chance you take GoFundMe gonna get theirs anyway.
Go Fund Me, worked for me
My youngest brother passed away suddenly in February 2015. He had no life insurance. I needed money right away to pay for his Homegoing Services. I instated a Go fund me, and family and friends were able to send support immediately. I asked for more than what I needed in hopes of obtaining my actual goal , and it worked. That as well as offline donations covered all of the expenses. Once we figured out the percentages being taken from the online donations , we just closed it out and accepted offline donations. It did work for my family, keeping the deductions in mind.
I am registering a complaint against GoFundMe's denial of the fundraising effort on behalf of the Baltimore police officers.They are innocent until proven guilty. This is still a democracy although our rights are disappearing at an alarming rate. This is discriminatory and if not unlawful it should be.
Use Kickstarter Instead!!!
Just found out that Go Fund Me takes a total of 37.9% (7.9% plus $0.30 of each dollar donated. Kickstarter only takes 6%. I cancelled my campaign to raise money to ship donations to El Salvador for people living in absolute poverty and went to Kickstarter instead.
I had my first open heart operation in March and the actual transplant will occur in January 2016. The American Heart Association suggested this as a form of fund raising as Medicare will nor even begin to cover it all.
Todd J Maxwell
I just started using the site for a special cause. In my experience, til now, it has been pretty easy to use. However I noticed that We Pay asks for a SSN and THAT I did not like. Why do they need it? I'd rather not disclose this info. Has anybody who has used gofundme had any issues either whether you disclosed this info or not? Please let me know.
I gave it 3 stars because I find it easy to use however I'm still on the site fundraising and the SSN part.
A CON JOB
I would advise anyone to have nothing to do with this site. I spent days setting this thing up, followed all their instructions and advice, connecfed it to my facebook only to find that they had not connected it to the site. Despite many hours of emails back and forth to their so called "Customer Happiness" site I got absolutely nowhere. Eventualy they just totaly ignored me having scammed me out of $500.
I have four words of advice - STAY AWAY FROM THEM it is a scam
They giveth and taketh away ha ha
My husband had surgery and out of work. My step son started a go fund me page. So far our friends and family donated $500. Most of it was deposited into our account and then they said they over paid us and took it back but that isn't true. I felt very blessed and grateful for they generosity given to us. I have emails out to We pay and to go fund me but no response as of yet. Will re rate if they make it right but as of right now they don't even get one star in my book! SCAMMED
Not sure yet
My dog needs surgery and I had a friend send me the link, "gofundme". It's not working all that great right now. But if they're going to be taking the large chunk and monies I don't know if that's quite there either. It says that if you don't meet your quota though give all the money back. Does that mean they give back many The money deposited minus the fees?
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!