Creating a GoFundMe with your child can be an exciting and meaningful project that can teach social responsibility, encourage empathy from a young age, and get children excited to "do good." We’ve seen some amazing kid heroes making a difference through GoFundMe, and we look forward to seeing your kid hero shine, too!
Check out some of the amazing kids on GoFundMe to see the magic you and your child can create to help others.
Choose a cause
If your child isn’t sure what they want to raise money for, browse through our Certified Charity List. Some charities we’ve seen children raise money for are Wounded Warriors, Wigs for Kids, and local homeless shelters.
Use your email address and name, or your child’s email address and name (this is up to you!) to start your GoFundMe.
Pick a goal
Start small: $100-$500 is good for a child’s fundraising goal. Remember how much $100 seemed when you were younger?
Choose a title
Include your child’s name in the title so they really feel like the GoFundMe is theirs. Writing a great fundraiser title can make a huge difference, so it's important to pick the right one!
Pick a great image
If you’re comfortable doing so, use an image with your child in it! Supporters may be more inclined to donate when they see a photo of a child they know looking excited about their charitable cause! Plus, establishing a personal connection when fundraising is important.
Write an engaging story
Write the story with your child, from their perspective. This is their GoFundMe, after all! Check out this amazing example for ideas on how to write a fundraiser story with your little do-gooder:
There are many ways to begin sharing your fundraiser - start by posting on Facebook from the perspective of you or your child. You can also add relatives as email contacts (and ask them to share for you!), and use your phone to share by texting the link to your family in a group message. Ask your child’s teacher if they can share the link through the class email list. You can even help your child start a bake sale or lemonade stand to supplement the funds they raise online!
Teaching children the value of altruism through charitable fundraising has never been easier. Remember, the GoFundMe team is here to help you and your child run a successful fundraiser.
Once you get started, you can find more great ways to make your child’s fundraiser a success by checking out the GoFundMe blog.