Beneficiary’s name and privacy

Adding a beneficiary is the most efficient and secure way for the funds to be transferred to someone else, but there are a few important things to bear in mind about the beneficiary’s privacy.

What is a beneficiary?

When an organiser raises funds on behalf of someone else, that person will be added as the beneficiary so that they can withdraw the funds directly into their own bank account. They will have their own GoFundMe account, which is connected to the fundraiser, and will add their own bank details.

The beneficiary’s name will be shown on the fundraiser page

Their name will appear alongside the organiser’s name on the fundraiser page. It will look like this: 

Organiser name is raising funds on behalf of beneficiary name

This is standard for all fundraisers to ensure that there is complete transparency with supporters, and so that donors understand who is handling the funds. 

The name cannot be hidden

If your beneficiary is concerned about privacy, one option would be for them to change the name on their GoFundMe account to only their first or last name, their initials, or a pseudonym. To do so, the beneficiary can follow these steps after signing in to their GoFundMe account:

  1. Select your name in the top right-hand corner of your screen (if you're on the GoFundMe app, tap your "Me" icon in the bottom right-hand corner instead)
  2. Select "Account settings" from the drop-down menu
  3. Change your name and click "Save changes" at the bottom of the screen

If this option is not sufficient, then it would be best to consider a different withdrawal option. You, as the organiser, could withdraw the funds on their behalf so that they don’t need to be added as the beneficiary, and therefore their name wouldn’t be shown on the page.

We understand that sometimes funds are raised for sensitive situations where the beneficiary wouldn’t want their name to be displayed publicly and we never want to put someone in an uncomfortable situation. In these types of situations, it would be best for the organiser to withdraw on the beneficiary’s behalf and send them the funds outside of GoFundMe.
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