GoFundMe has partnered with PayPal Giving Fund to deliver donations for certified charity campaigns. This campaign type enables individuals to raise funds to benefit a qualifying US or UK charity of their choice. Donations are processed via PayPal and GoFundMe and are then sent to PayPal Giving Fund, a non-profit organisation which collects the donations and distributes them to the designated charity.
When donors make a payment to a certified charity campaign, they will automatically receive a donation tax receipt by email from PayPal Giving Fund.
For US certified charity campaigns, GoFundMe's platform fee is 0% and payment processing fees total 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction. This is deducted in real-time from each donation. PayPal Giving Fund does not charge a fee for its services.
*Note: the 0% platform fee came into effect for US certified charity campaigns on 17 August 2018.
For UK certified charity campaigns, GoFundMe’s platform fee is 0% and payment processing fees total 1.9% +£0.20. Payment processing fees include PayPal's transaction fee and GoFundMe's processing cost for the safe and secure transfer of funds. PayPal Giving Fund does not charge a fee for its services. All fees are deducted in real-time from each donation. Unlike other platforms, neither GoFundMe, PayPal or PayPal Giving Fund deducts fees from Gift Aid contributions. For more information about Gift Aid, click here.
Donors to UK Certified Charity campaigns will have the option to give a voluntary tip on top of their donation to help keep GoFundMe a free platform.
In order to create a GoFundMe certified charity campaign, you must choose a US 501(c)(3) or UK registered charity in PayPal Giving Fund’s database. Visit our Charity Donations page to search for your favourite charity.
If your organisation is not listed, find out how to get them added here.
Once you begin creating your campaign, select "Charity or Non-profit" from the dropdown menu that asks "Who are you raising money for?" You will then have the option to enter your charity's name or EIN.
In order for a non-profit organisation to receive funds raised through a certified charity campaign, they have the option to enrol their organisation’s PayPal account with PayPal Giving Fund or receive the funds through cheque if the charity prefers to not enrol.
PayPal Giving Fund pursues multiple steps to grant donations it receives to its donors' recommended charities. Pending distribution of grants, PayPal Giving Fund holds all donations in a secure, non-interest bearing bank account. The enrolment status of a charity will determine the method and speed at which PayPal Giving Fund grants funds to that charity.
If the charity has enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund, it will receive a payout around the 25th of each month for the donations that were made to your campaign before the 16th of that month.
If the charity has not yet enrolled, PayPal Giving Fund will contact the charity and invite them to enrol. If a charity does not enrol with PayPal Giving Fund, PayPal Giving Fund will attempt to deliver the grant funds by other appropriate means, including via cheque.
If you are already enrolled or recently enrolled, it is best to contact our team for a better idea of when to expect your funds.
PayPal Giving Fund makes every effort to deliver each donation to the charity chosen by the donor, which by default will be the charity that the campaign organiser had linked to the campaign at the time of the donation. If PayPal Giving Fund is unable to make a grant to a recommended charity, they may reassign the donation to a different charity and will consult the donors whenever possible. See their Donation Delivery Policy for more details.
The best way to ensure your charity receives funds quickly and securely, along with details of the donations made through your campaign, is to ask them to enrol with PayPal Giving Fund. To read more about the charity enrolment process click here.