If your fundraiser was created to raise money for someone else, you will have the option to add that person as the beneficiary. This means they will be able to withdraw the funds directly into their own bank account and you will not need to set up that part of the withdrawal process.
We’re so glad that you were able to raise funds for someone that you care about, but it is very important to make sure that the person you are adding as the beneficiary is ready and willing to take on the responsibility of withdrawals. The process is fairly simple and we recommend adding the ultimate recipient of the funds as the beneficiary. However, if your beneficiary is going through a rough or busy time and they don’t want to be responsible for withdrawing funds, it may be best for you to withdraw on their behalf. Then you can give them the funds outside of GoFundMe.
If you do withdraw funds on behalf of your beneficiary, to provide transparency to donors, we strongly recommend adding further details to your fundraiser story about how you will be transferring the funds.
There are a few things to bear in mind when you’re adding a beneficiary:
Secure transfer of funds
Adding a beneficiary is the fastest and most secure way to get funds to the intended recipient. It also provides transparency and instills a sense of trust among donors.
By adding the beneficiary, you are allowing them to connect their own bank details through their own GoFundMe account. This means that you won’t have to worry about handling the funds yourself and your beneficiary will be able to put them to use as soon as they reach their bank account.
Your beneficiary’s name will be displayed on your fundraiser page, so your donors will understand exactly who the funds are going to, which provides transparency and a deeper sense of trust.
The beneficiary will add their own bank details, so funds will not go through your account
For the beneficiary, setting up withdrawals involves adding their personal and bank details and they might need to upload documents to be reviewed and verified by our payment partner. Our support team will be available to help them every step of the way, but please bear in mind that as soon your beneficiary accepts their invitation, an account will be created for them using their personal email. Their GoFundMe account is separate from yours, so you won’t be able to help them from within your account.
If your beneficiary has already set up withdrawals and is having trouble receiving funds, please see this article for more information.
The beneficiary’s name will be displayed on your fundraiser page
You cannot add a service provider as the beneficiary
If your fundraiser is raising funds to pay for a service, such as a funeral or tuition, you will still need an individual to withdraw the funds. You cannot add the funeral service or school as the beneficiary, so you or your beneficiary will need to withdraw the funds personally and then transfer the funds to the service provider outside of GoFundMe.
Only one beneficiary can be added to a fundraiser
It is not possible for more than one person to withdraw funds from a fundraiser. If the funds are meant to be split between more than one recipient, it would be best for you to withdraw the funds yourself and send them to the recipients outside of GoFundMe.
If you have added a beneficiary and they are no longer able to withdraw, please complete this form and our team will help you. You can also read this article for more information about that process.