Do you know your beneficiary?

GoFundMe is fortunate to see incredible stories of communities that rally together and help those in need. The support we see is touching and powerful. 

With so many stories and so many people in need, one of GoFundMe’s top priorities is to make sure funds raised on our platform are safely delivered to the intended beneficiary of each fundraiser.

With that in mind, we recommend that you have a verified destination for funds raised before starting a GoFundMe fundraiser.

Before setting up a GoFundMe fundraiser, ask yourself these important questions:

  • Are you in contact with the individual/individuals you are raising funds for?
  • Are you in contact with the family of the individual/individuals you are raising funds for?
  • Is there already an active fundraiser for the individual you are raising funds for that you can donate to?

If the answer to the first or second question is yes, you’re welcome to launch your GoFundMe fundraiser. You can review this article for more information on how to set up a fundraiser.

If you answered no to the above questions but you would still like to help by creating a GoFundMe fundraiser, we encourage you to be clear about the following in your fundraiser story:

  • Who is withdrawing the money?
  • How is that person related to the parties you're raising funds for?
  • How will the money be transferred to the parties you're raising funds for or be used on their behalf? (be specific as possible)

This will build trust with your donors and help our Trust & Safety team to quickly review your fundraiser in the future.

Have you seen this prompt when launching your fundraiser?


If so, please take a few seconds to check if the information listed above is included in your fundraiser story, to avoid a future hold to your withdrawals. 

For more information on how to remove a hold on your fundraiser's withdrawals, please visit this link.


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