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Deceased beneficiary

In the unfortunate event that the person who was managing the bank transfers for a GoFundMe fundraiser has passed away, we’re here to help. We’re so sorry for your loss, and we want to make the process as simple as possible moving forward.

You (as the organizer, or friend/family member of the deceased) have two options when considering how to approach this situation, and we’ll discuss each in detail to help you make a decision: 

  • Transfer the fundraiser to someone else
  • End the fundraiser 

For either option, please contact our team by clicking "Get help" and be prepared to send the documentation below, so that  we can help you with the next steps. 

Transfer the fundraiser to someone else 

This is best if bank transfers were not yet set up by the beneficiary or if there are any remaining funds to be transferred. We can work together to add someone new as the new beneficiary to receive the funds.

To move forward with this option, please collect the following documentation:

  • Government-issued photo ID: A clear and unobstructed picture of the new beneficiary's driver’s license, national identification card, or passport.
  • Obituary or the death certificate: Please note that the obituary, or other documents, will need to state the new beneficiary's relationship to the deceased.
  • Will or legal documentation: A copy of the original beneficiary's documentation that provides information regarding their executor.
  • Email address of the new account owner.

End the fundraiser

This is best if bank transfers were already set up, because any remaining donations will automatically be sent out using the bank account information the beneficiary had provided. At this point, it would be best to work with their bank to manage the funds.

To move forward with this option, please collect the following documentation:

  • Government-issued photo ID: A clear and unobstructed picture of your own driver’s license, national identification card or passport.
  • Obituary or the death certificate: Please note that the obituary, or other documents, will need to state your relationship to the deceased.
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