This article is for those who intend to transfer the funds directly to a company’s bank account. If you intend to transfer the funds to a personal bank account, please check out this article for more information. These directions will also not apply to you if you created a charity fundraiser.
Hi, I'm Matt. Just a heads up, the person who sets up bank transfers for an organization must be a financial administrator for the business.
This would be someone who is authorized to handle funds on behalf of the organization, such as a treasurer, vice president, or owner. You can add this person as the beneficiary by selecting “someone else” for “who will receive the funds?” in the transfer flow.
If you’re raising funds for a business, but you aren’t associated with them, you’ll need to transfer the funds to your personal bank account, then send them to the business outside of GoFundMe.
How to set up transfers for your organization
Step 1: Select “Bank transfer” on your fundraiser dashboard
If you don’t see the bank transfer option, you are likely a team member, or have a charity fundraiser and are not in charge of the transfers.
Step 2: Confirm your email
If you haven’t already done so, you will need to confirm your email. Click here if you are not receiving the verification email.
Step 3: Verify your phone number
If you haven’t already done so, you’ll be prompted to verify your phone number. This is an important security feature called Multi-Factor Authentication and it’s just one of the ways we are protecting your information.
In some circumstances, it may also allow us to send you important reminders about your account, such as a reminder that your transfers have not been successfully set up so donations may be returned to donors.
Note: Enter the 5-digit code contained within the message, and not the 6-digit number the code is sent from.
If you are having trouble verifying your phone number, please check out this article.
Step 4: Select transfer type
This section asks whose bank account will receive the funds. Let’s take a look at those options below:
|If funds are going to:||
“Who will receive the funds?”, select:
“What type of bank account would you like to link?”, select:
An organization’s bank account that you manage
Note: You must be a financial administrator of the organization’s banking information
Company or Partnership (you can select either)
An organization’s bank account that someone else you know manages
Company or Partnership
**When someone other than the organizer is going to be responsible for receiving funds, we call them a beneficiary. They will be responsible for the transfer steps 5 - 7. Before you select this option, consider if this person:
- Meets the requirements to receive funds on behalf of the company (they are a business owner or financial administrator)
- Is ready to take this on. While changing the beneficiary is an option, it requires consent from both you and the original beneficiary.
You can learn more about the beneficiary process here.
Step 5 - 7 will be completed by the business owner or financial administrator of the account the money is going into. If you have added a beneficiary, they will complete these steps.
Once you select “company or partnership” you will be brought to our payment partner’s portal, where you can complete the remaining steps. It might look a bit different than the GoFundMe page you were on before, but don’t worry, you’re in the right spot. Please review this article if you are transferring to a club, trust account, or unincorporated organization.
Step 5. Add your company information
You will be required to enter the following information:
Legal name of the business as it appears on government forms
- Please make sure to double check this information, because the system automatically adds your campaign link as your business name
- DBA (Doing Business As) name of the business, if applicable
- Tax ID or applicable company number connected to the business (see below for details)
- Business phone number and email address
- Business address
Step 6. Add your organization's bank information
You will be required to enter the following information:
- Account number or IBAN (European accounts)
- Routing number (US) or Branch code (European accounts)
Step 7. Add your personal information
- Chief Executive Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Operating Officer
- Chief Information Officer
- Chief Strategy Officer
- Vice President
- Executive President
- Managing Member
- General Partner
- Managing Partner
Even though the funds are going to an organization’s bank account, you will be required to enter the following information to verify that you are authorized to transfer on the organization’s behalf:
- Full first and last name (ensure that this name matches your identification)
- Home address
- Phone number
- Birth date
- The last four digits of your SSN (US only)
Once these sections are complete and verified, they will show up in green as "finished". If one does not show as "finished" but you have submitted the information, additional documents may need to be uploaded. Please check in on sections that say "incomplete", and review the next steps.
Potential Step 8. Upload documents for verification
Occasionally, our payment processor will need extra information to verify your organization after you’ve set up your transfers. When this happens you will receive an email titled "Important Message from GoFundMe", and transfers will be paused until the necessary documents are uploaded and verified.
Documents that may be required include, but are not limited to:
- Government-issued ID for the beneficial owner
Copy of the organization’s governmental registration, showing:
- US - EIN or SSN for a sole proprietorship
- UK/IE - Company number or roll number for a school
- AU - Australian business number (AU)
- IT - Codice fiscale
- FR - SIRET number
- ES - Número de Identificación Fiscal
- DE - Handelsregisternummer
- NL - Kamer van Koophandel (KvK)
- Articles of incorporation, articles of association, certificate of incorporation; must show the organization’s registration number:
- IRS 501(c) (3) determination letter (only applicable to US non-profit organizations)
- Bank statement for the organization, showing:
- Bank logo or bank letterhead (must be issued by the bank)
- Organization's name as the account holder
- Bank account number entered in your GoFundMe account
- Date shows it is less than 12 months old
*Keep in mind, the same bank transfer information will apply to any additional fundraisers connected to this GoFundMe account.