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A parent’s guide to GoFundMe

Can my teen start a GoFundMe if they’re under 18? 

Your teen can certainly raise money for a cause they’re passionate about, like these kid heroes have. However, GoFundMe requires that customers be at least 13 years of age to have an account.

Please note that if you are located in the US or Canada, you may be required to enter your address and birthdate before you create a fundraiser. As the parent, please be sure to enter your own birthdate here, as your teen will be unable to start the fundraiser if they enter their birthdate and are under 18 years of age.

If your teen meets this requirement but is under the age of majority in your jurisdiction (typically 18 or 19), we will need a parent or legal guardian to handle the donations directly as the beneficiary. You can learn more about how to add a beneficiary here.

When setting up the fundraiser and withdrawals, it’s best to make it clear on the fundraiser that the parent or legal guardian is handling the funds.  

It’s important to note that you also have the option of starting a GoFundMe on your child’s behalf. In this case, you would use all of your own personal information on the account and withdraw the funds directly to your own bank account. 

How do I report harassment or bullying on GoFundMe?

Abusive or hateful language is never acceptable on GoFundMe. This is a safe space for people to come together and help each other. If you see this kind of language on your teen’s fundraiser or anywhere on the site, please let us know immediately by clicking the "Get Help" button, so we can take appropriate action. 

I found out that my minor has a GoFundMe. What do I do?

If you’d like to report a minor’s account to our Trust & Safety team, you can do that here. Our Trust & Safety team will then be able to help you further. 

Can I have access to my teen’s account? 

We certainly understand your concern for your teen’s safety; however,​ we are unable to provide unauthorized access to the account if you’re not the account holder. Please keep in mind that all users ages 13 and older are considered authorized account holders.

If you have any additional questions about accessing your teen’s account, or how to remove your teen’s fundraiser from public view, please get in touch with us for further guidance. 

How can I remove an image of my child from GoFundMe?

GoFundMe wants to ensure that your child’s photo is used only with a parent or guardian’s authorization. If a photo of your child appears on a GoFundMe without that permission, please report it to our Trust & Safety team here

How do I make sure my teen’s GoFundMe account is secure?

All of your teen’s account data is encrypted and private. Additionally, we suggest you review tips on how to keep a GoFundMe account secure together. If your teen is having trouble signing into their account, please refer to this article for further guidance.

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