Welcome! GoFundMe is the world’s largest crowdfunding platform with over $5 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 50 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.
With GoFundMe, it’s easy to raise funds quickly for the causes you are most passionate about. Donors from all over the world can securely donate using any major credit or debit card. Backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, GoFundMe is the safest, most secure platform for giving. The GoFundMe Guarantee protects donors’ generosity and ensures funds are sent to the right person.
Signing up is completely free and every donation is yours to keep, whether or not you reach your goal. While it’s free to launch your GoFundMe, fees are deducted from each donation. For more information about our fees, click here.
Before you get started, here is an overview of what to expect when you start a GoFundMe.
What can I use GoFundMe for?
The short answer is: you can use GoFundMe for just about anything.
Most people use GoFundMe to raise money for themselves, a loved one or a friend in need during life's most important moments. This can include anything from medical expenses, education costs, trips and aspirations, volunteer programs, youth sports, funerals and memorials or animals and pets. GoFundMe can also be used to raise money for your favourite charity.
We encourage you to read some recent Success Stories or Take the Tour. You can also check our Terms & Conditions if you're not sure whether the content of your campaign is allowed.
Starting your account
To sign up, you will need to use an email address that you use regularly. You can also use your Facebook login to create an account, but before doing so, check that you can access your Facebook email to ensure that you can receive our important emails regarding withdrawals.
Creating your campaign
After signing up, you can start creating your campaign.
Note: if you already have a GoFundMe account, all you need to do is choose "Start a new campaign". You can have up to 5 active campaigns on your account at one time! If you need more, contact our team.
1. First things first: how much do you want to raise for your goal?
Your goal is important but you’ll want to make sure it’s realistic. It’s always a good idea to think about how much you aim to raise, but bear in mind that you still have the option to edit this later in your campaign if you find the goal is too low or too high.
2. Next, you will create a campaign title.
This is your chance to attract attention. Create a title that is specific to your cause. It has to be 35 characters or less, so make sure it fits!
3. Who are you raising funds for?
This helps establish whether you’re creating a personal campaign (for an individual or organisation) or a certified charity campaign (for a charity or non-profit organisation). You can find out more about both of these options here.
4. Then you enter your postcode.
GoFundMe is home to many causes around the world but we aren’t in every country quite yet. This helps our site work out whether the currency you’ve selected matches up with the code you’re entering.
5. Then you choose your category.
Choosing a category can help your donors know what you’re raising funds for, but you don't need to overthink this part! It’s mainly serves to help our team provide tips that are related to your category.
6. Are you fundraising as a team or as an individual?
You can choose either of these options when setting up your campaign. If you’re the sole organiser, then you will manage all aspects and sharing for the campaign. If you want a bit of help from friends or a club in sharing the campaign and posting updates with you, then this might be a good option for you. Find out more about teams here.
Note: You can always opt in and add a team after your campaign has already been created.
We always suggest adding an image of yourself or what you’re raising funds for. The image you choose should be at least 600 x 400 pixels. You will need to use a JPEG, PNG or BMP file to ensure that it’s uploaded properly. See this article about image tips.
You also have the option of embedding a video that you've uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. Make sure that it’s public on their end, so that you can see it on ours!
8. After an image or video has been uploaded, you can get down to writing your story.
A great story will be open and descriptive. It will include a bit about who you are, what you're raising funds for and how the money will be spent. If you're raising money for someone else, it's a good idea to share how you know them! You can also use the bold formatting or photo upload links in this section to really bring your story to life!
Read more about campaign stories here.
Sharing your campaign
At this point, your campaign can start receiving donations. However, no one will be able to see your campaign until you start sharing it!
That’s why we ask you to connect via Facebook and even attach your Facebook profile picture! If you don't have a social media account (or prefer not to connect with it just yet), you can skip this option.
Another option is to email your friends about your campaign. You can start sharing it by connecting your email with GoFundMe. This is a great way to import your contacts and send invitations to invite your network to view your campaign.
Remember, sharing is essential to get donations on GoFundMe! If you don’t share your campaign with your family and friends, then it probably won't get any donations. Using your personal network can help get you closer to your goal.
Finally, you can create your own memorable link to make it easy to share. You can simply choose the "Edit link" button to change it to something personal to your cause. You can only change your link once, so if you make a mistake, contact our team and we can get that edited on our end.
Congratulations! You've made it through to the end!
You should now be taken to your dashboard. This is where you’ll manage all aspects of your campaign. Whether you want to edit your story, share your campaign, post an update, set up the withdrawals or add contacts – this is where it's all done!