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About is the online home of Omaze, a company that says their goal is to make giving money to charities both fun and easy, no matter how much money you have to give. 

How Does It Work?

According to their website, the creators of got the idea for their business when they attended a charity auction and saw their dream item up for a bid – attending a basketball game and dinner with Magic Johnson. Unfortunately the bidding quickly went so high that the majority of the people at the event were priced out of bidding, but it ultimately ended at $15,000.

This experience left the creators of Omaze confused. They didn’t understand this fundraising model, which was limited to a small number of wealthy people but which only ended up collecting $15,000 for a prize that they felt was worth much more. They decided to come up with a new model for charitable fundraising. 

The model “democratizes” traditional charity auctions by giving as many people access to their opportunities as possible, and they do this by pricing their donations to win once in a lifetime experiences for as little as $10.

Their website says that because of this new and different crowdsourcing approach, people from more than 170 different countries have donated to more than 150 different charities, which they say drives up awareness for the charities and ultimately raises more money.  

Cost/Price Plans

As mentioned above, this website organizes charitable opportunities which people can win for a donation of as little as $10, but of course the actual amount of money which is required for each donation will depend on the individual fundraising opportunity. 

In addition, their website says that their company only takes 20% of the net funds that their website collects for their operational costs, and the other 80% of their funds go to the charities for which they are raising the money. 

Refund Policy

Because this company is collecting donations for charitable causes, it doesn’t appear that they offer their customers a standard Refund Policy at this time. If you do believe that you have encountered circumstances which justify your refund request, you should contact their Customer Service team as soon as possible so they can assist you.

Customer Service Contact Info

Customers who would like to speak to their Customer Service team about their questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by submitting them directly to their website through their Support Center and Submit a Request link.


This company does appear to have some vocal customers who have complained online about their website, and most of the complaints appear to be centered on a specific issue: the inability of this company to follow through on their promises to send customers donation awards. 

For example, people were told they would receive t-shirts when they donated certain causes, but the company never actually sent them their t-shirts, even after multiple emails were Customer Service promised they would. Prospective customers may see this as a small problem, or they may feel as though this an indicator of larger problems with this company.

Competitors and Alternatives?

There are actually a variety of services that use the crowdsourcing model to raise money for different charitable causes, as well as some options which auction off different celebrity experiences, so customers looking for alternatives to will have other options. 

If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your reviews below.

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Omaze: Good idea but must be transparent

December24, 2017

Giving people the chance to get some perks while donating is good but Omaze should be clear with their terms and conditions. I have donated via Omaze (I want to meet Matt Stone and Trey Park and John Oliver ;) ) but it was not clear whether the prize is eligible for people outside of USA (luckily they do). I understand that maintaining a website has its costs so Omaze should just say out right that they take a 20% cut for every donation.

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Horrible scam

November15, 2017 was started by two ridiculous guys who have never worked in their lives.

They are abetted by “stars” to get you to contribute to charity like
Autism Speaks or Veterans organizations by promising stuff like “George Clooney gives you compliments for 45 seconds” or “win a Valentine’s Date with Idris Elba" ($750000 raised..) HOWEVER these two twerps keep 20% of the donations! So they kept $150,000 for just the one Idris Elba deal!
Now they are doing Jon Stewart’s, Colbert’s, Seth Meyer’s “Night of Too many Stars” for autism. You can sit under Colbert’s desk, sit with Seth and writers for a meeting then 20% goes AGAIN to these twerps! So if $4 million raised, they keep $800,000 for one night! It should go to autistic adults NOT these jerks of Omaze!

These awful celebrities worth tens of millions of dollars should say up front that Omaze keeps 20% BUT THEY NEVER DO!

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February 08, 2018

They are upfront about the amount. All fundraising organizations take a percent for overhead, some as high as 40%. If you spent a full time job prepping events, maintaining online face, and even paying employees to help, you would understand it’s not feasible to give 100%.

February 11, 2018

I agree with Holly everything takes work. At least you know the money that you want to send is going to an actual charity and not some internet scam artist that may or may not run away with let's say your iPhone!

August 02, 2018

They have operating costs, you knucklehead. Do you work for free?

August 20, 2018

If Omaze was a total scam, couldn't the celebrities they use for photos sue Omaze?

October 09, 2018

Most charities keep over %90 for profit, so %20 doesn't seem that bad at all tbh.

October 16, 2018

December 29, 2018

Wow - i think that is one of the most eye-opening, informative Ted talks I've seen. Thank you for sharing

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