How charity campaigns work
GoFundMe has partnered up with PayPal Giving Fund to deliver donations for charity campaigns. This campaign type enables individuals to raise funds to benefit a qualifying 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 charity campaign, they automatically receive a donation tax receipt by email from PayPal Giving Fund.
How to withdraw from a charity campaign
If you selected "Charity" on the first campaign creation page and entered the organisation name and registered charity number, then you've set up a charity campaign.
In order for the charity to receive these funds via PayPal, a financial administrator belonging to the charity should enrol with PayPal Giving Fund by following these steps:
- Create a PayPal account or make sure that your existing PayPal account is upgraded to a business account here.
- Confirm your charity's status. After you submit, PayPal will review your documents and reply by email within three business days. You can move to step 3 after you receive PayPal's confirmation email.
- Enrol in PayPal Giving Fund using the link in your confirmation email.
After the applicable GoFundMe platform and payment processing fees have been deducted, PayPal Giving Fund transfers the funds to the charity's PayPal account on a monthly basis. Payments are sent around the 25th of each month for all the donations that were made to the campaign before the 16th of that month.
After the funds are in the charity's PayPal account, the charity can withdraw the money from PayPal, which typically takes 2-5 business days.
If the charity has not yet enrolled, PayPal Giving Fund will make reasonable attempts to contact them and invite them to do so. If a charity does not enrol with PayPal Giving Fund, PayPal Giving Fund will attempt to deliver the funds by other appropriate means including by cheque.
PayPal Contact Information
You can find lots of information about Paypal Giving Fund here including the steps above, an FAQ section and a helpful video.
If you experience a problem or simply wish to speak to someone at Paypal Giving Fund about the process, you can contact them here or call them on 0800 587 0461, Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 5.30 pm.