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.
56 ‘GoFundMe.com’ Reviews
First hand GFM experience
I cannot speak to anything about GoFundMe.com other than my personal experience. Early last week I learned of a good friiend that had just had a medical emergency that resulted in my desire to assist him. I had only heard of GoFundMe but had no experience or know anyone that had. I read their information along with some good and bad reviews. I was skeptical but knew the clock was ticking on getting something done. I followed the prompts on the GFM site and very easily established a campaign to help raise money. I set the goal at $5,000 and started to promote on Facebook and my personnel email list. In just two days we had reached our goal. Knowing that they were going to charge 5% plus the credit card processor was going to access 2.9%, I let the campaign stay live for two more days in hopes of getting enough added donations to cover the roughly 8% in fees. The total raised during those four days was $5255. The amount of money that was transferred to our friend was $4800. It could not have been any smoother and I am 100% satisfied with the entire process. The service and systems that are provided by GFM is well worth the 5% they charge. I started on Tuesday morning and was done with the entire deal by Satuday off the same week. That is how well it worked for me.
I wish I knew more about all the horror stories I read about. I would like to hear an explanation from GFM regarding the many bad reviews out there.
GoFundMe is a SCAM!!!
I set up a GoFundMe account for a friend who's husband and son were killed in an airplane crash as a way to help them with their expenses. After all was said and done and funds were transferred to the widow and her 3 remaining children, GoFundMe & WePay began randomly taking money out of my bank account and was not helpful in resolving issue and continued taking money out of account. After repeatedly asking and then demanding for them to delete our account and all information contained therein, I had to dispute the charges with my bank and put a stop payment on any future payments that they may attempt to do. I finally had to have our attorney write them a letter and contact the authorities for their illegal activities before they ended up sending an email apologizing and saying that they would willing refund all of the money that they had "taken by accident".
What a bunch of BS. They are nothing but a scam company! So beware!!!
Tried to put up a GoFundMe page to help offset the cost of testing for a kidney transplant to help me get off dialysis. Just the testing, not even the transplant itself. Without knowing hot to promote the page, or how to get people to think it wasn't some sort of scam, I kept it up for two months and received absolutely NOTHING. Even the Kidney Foundation suggested GoFundMe, but even that made no difference. I am still on dialysis, have been for six years, getting weaker, and don't see how this is going to end in my favor. In about 2 years or maybe less, I will likely become even weaker, less functional, barely able to even get to my treatments, and my body will simply give out from toxin accumulation. GoFundMe? More like GoAwayAndDie.
Not Very Effective
I set up a page attempting to raise money for a project I wanted to get off of the ground, a project I felt would benefit a great number of people. People saw my page, some liked it, some commented, some shared it but no one gave me a dime. On top of that, I felt pitied as one response was “I’ll be praying for you and your family.” I was made to feel like a begging, destitute person, when in reality I was just doing some fundraising. It took a lot for me to swallow my pride and even give asking a shot, but I didn’t receive any payoff for it and ended up coming away from the experience with even less faith in humanity.
Nice Thought for ones who do need help
I find Gofundme.com is a great idea if the ones posting are really in need. But how do you know they are telling the truth, Alot of potential scammers that have been given a way to scam alot of people. I know of this personally. I knew someone who asked for thousands of dollars, Claiming poverty and yet what they didn't tell people is that they have no money because they were living way beyond their means. Maxed out credit cards with no job to pay them and not just living expenses. Loan for a vehicle. After receiving the money they asked for felt they needed to upgrade to a brand new vehicle. So If you know the person really does need the money by all means help out, However if you don't know you may be helping someone buy things you yourself can't afford.
Our rescue provided the money for some surgery on a rescue dog, but the foster put in a Go Fund Me anyway, even though the money is not needed. She wants more money to do things we have been told are not needed and has ignored the difficulties she has created for our rescue. She embellished the paragraph on the dog to make it sound much worse than it is. She is taking donations from people even though the money is already provided, and becoming defiant and confrontational when questioned about it. So easy to scam the public, and there is no way for people to know.
if i could give zero stars i would.
I am leaving reviews everywhere I possibly can to let you know not to go through gofundme or any other website that uses wepay. Its not gofundme that is the problem directly, but wepay in itself. But if you use gofundme you are stuck going through this shit company that will rip you off and try and steal your money. I have lost $200 to this shitty company and their shady practices. they are fraudulent and take advantage of people with no regard to how it may or may not affect them. So dont use this company if you dont want your money stolen and a big fat migraine.
My son was killed on the road,his friend set up a fund me for my grandsons college fund...the donations did not go to waste my grandson graduated a year early from high school the year my son died went to a good college makes top grades,all without parents in his life.
I am eternally grateful to all who donated I only wished there was a way I could say thank you and the money was served well.
It's a shame people take advantage of this site but for some of us it is pure honesty and gratitude to the site and it's donors
A HUGE THANK YOU !!
shocked to see
shocked to see a former co-worker on go-fund me to save her house. The situation she described was so different than reality. She has been fired from her last several jobs because she was always calling off sick or was late for work. She had a windfall of money from insurance from un unrelated incident and burned through that money so quickly, with no eye on the future. This woman is asking people to enable her when actually she needs counseling and help dealing with her narcissistic personality disorder
I would give it no stars if allowed. This site allows people to scam the public and allows it to continue even when reported.
This page is classic of their indifference:https://www.gofundme.com/7y898w9c
Gangbanger parents whose child was killed and Mom spent the money for the funeral for a new car. This is all over the news, not speculation and, the site has done nothing even though reported.
I'd never donate a dime to any cause as they aren't vetted obviously or the site just doesn't care, they are making a buck too.
women claiming insurance wont pay when they did ay it already
I just saw this women on go fund me account and she is committing fraud on every level claiming that the insurance will not cover it. Someone just reported her but the more reports the better. She has blue cross blue shield who clearly states in this list of coverage's that they do cover the procedure...Here is this lady's account. I can not believe she is doing this. https://www.gofundme.com/u9h4zg Patient #3 – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois Approved October 13, 2009
Patent #4 – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois Approved September 25, 2008
Helping My Dream Come True
I just started a Go Fund Me for my movie I'm making entitled "Canaan Land." I'm learning as I'm going. My first step has been to send direct messages to 500 of my Facebook friends, and also emails to my yahoo email contacts. I've put together my Go Fund Me page with a story of why I'm making movie, utilizing pictures and videos. I like that my vamping doesn't have to have deadline, and that donations are tax deductible. My page may encourage you and trigger your creativity in putting together your Go Fund Me campaign.
I like go fund me, I just started a page to get money to start an at home job so I can work to stay home and provide for my newborn. It's a great thing, I've had a few generous donations already Hi! check out my gofundme page ! Definitely not a scam if it's being used for the right reasons.
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.