Is my donation tax deductible?
Donations made to a personal GoFundMe fundraiser, rather than a charity fundraiser, are generally considered to be "personal gifts" and are not deductible as charitable contributions. Because of this, GoFundMe will not issue a tax receipt for your donation.
Only donations made to GoFundMe charity fundraisers (available in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada), are tax deductible, and as charitable contributions donors will receive a tax receipt automatically from GoFundMe’s charity partner, PayPal Giving Fund. Donations to these fundraisers are collected by PayPal Giving Fund, a non-profit organization, and distributed to the designated charity.
Receiving another copy of your receipt
If you want another copy of your donation confirmation receipt, please follow these steps to request one through our contact form:
- Follow the link to our contact form here
- Select “Making or managing a donation”
- Enter your email address in the prompt and click “Get donation receipt”
Receipts from certified charity fundraisers
If you donated to a certified charity fundraiser, you should have received a tax receipt from PayPal Giving Fund (or FirstGiving, prior to November 3, 2016). You can also visit the fundraiser you donated to and look for the certified charity badge listed on the fundraiser.
If you don't see the "certified charity" badge on the fundraiser you donated to, then the fundraiser is a personal fundraiser. In this case, the donation is likely not a deductible charitable contribution, however, you should consult with a tax professional.
For UK charity fundraisers, PayPal Giving Fund will also claim any eligible Gift Aid on behalf of the organization and forward 100% to the charity. Unlike other platforms, no fees are deducted from Gift Aid contributions. Gift Aid is a government policy that enables UK charities to claim an additional 25p on every pound donated by a UK taxpayer. Donors must opt into Gift Aid in order for the charity to claim it.
To read more about how certified charity fundraisers work, click here.