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A parent’s guide to GoFundMe

We have seen many inspiring fundraisers organised by children and teenagers on GoFundMe for causes that they are passionate about, but there are a few important things to keep in mind before you and your child get started.

Age requirements on GoFundMe 

The person who withdraws funds to their bank account must be at least 18 years old.

However, anyone who is 13 years old or more can create an account. This means that a teenager could manage the fundraiser, share it and post updates. A parent or guardian will need to be added as the beneficiary in order to withdraw the funds. We recommend that you make it clear in the fundraiser story that a parent or legal guardian is handling the funds. 

Please note that if you are located in the US or Canada, organisers may be required to enter their address and date of birth before creating a fundraiser. In these cases, the GoFundMe account should be in the parent’s name and they can work together with the child to manage the account and create the fundraiser.

Reporting harassment or bullying on GoFundMe

Abusive or hateful language is never acceptable on GoFundMe. This is a safe space for people to come together and help each other. If you see this kind of language on your teenager’s fundraiser or anywhere else on the site, please let us know immediately so that we can take appropriate action. 

What to do if you do not authorise your minor’s GoFundMe

You can use this form to report a minor’s account to our Trust & Safety team and they will then be able to help you further. 

Accessing your teenager’s account

We certainly understand your concern for your teenager’s safety; however, we are unable to provide unauthorised access to the account if you’re not the account holder. Please bear in mind that all users ages 13 (or 16 for children located in Europe) and older are considered authorised account holders.

If you have any further questions about accessing your teenager’s account or how to remove your their fundraiser from public view, please file a report to our team for further guidance. 

Removing an image of your child from GoFundMe

GoFundMe wants to ensure that your child’s photo is only used with a parent or guardian’s consent. If a photo of your child appears on a GoFundMe without permission, please report it to our Trust & Safety team here

Making sure your teenager’s GoFundMe account is secure

GoFundMe takes the security of your information seriously. We suggest you review our tips on how to keep a GoFundMe account secure with your child. If your teenager is having trouble signing in to their account, please refer to this article for further guidance.

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