If you are signing up in the United States or United Kingdom, GoFundMe has two different campaign types to choose from: personal or certified charity campaigns.
Below, we will take a quick look at the differences between the two.
Personal campaigns are the most common campaign type on GoFundMe. You can raise money for just about anything and withdraw the funds personally, or send the funds directly to a beneficiary. There is no timeline or restriction on how long you run a personal campaign and you can withdraw the funds at any time.
Personal campaigns allow you to collect the donations as they come in on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Personal campaigns do not automatically send your donors tax-deductible receipts like certified charity campaigns do.
Someone who is a beneficial owner of an organisation can also use a personal campaign type to withdraw directly to the organisation's bank account using their EIN. A beneficial owner is someone with significant responsibility to control, manage or direct the organisation (e.g. a Chief Executive Officer, Vice President, Treasurer or a controller). You will need to contact our team to make sure you are set up correctly for this option. Learn more.
As of August 17, 2018, personal and certified charity campaigns in the US and the UK have a 0% platform fee. US certified charity campaigns created before this date have a 5% platform fee. Payment processing fees still apply to both campaign types. Learn more.
Certified Charity Campaigns
Certified charity campaigns can be created by anyone, whether you are a good samaritan wanting to support your favourite charity or an employee of a non-profit organisation. A 'certified charity' badge will appear on the campaign to give your cause an extra layer of authentication.
Donations made to charity campaigns are processed through PayPal Giving Fund, a 501(c)3 public charity (federal tax ID: 45-0931286). The campaign organiser does not have to touch the money at all, and donors will automatically receive tax receipts.
Note: If you are raising funds for an organisation or charity outside of the US or UK, please contact our team to learn about your options.