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Small Business Relief Initiative

The GoFundMe Coronavirus Small Business Relief Initiative is intended to support our friends and neighbors at local businesses facing financial loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. Make a difference today by donating or starting a small business fundraiser.

This article covers the following topics:

How can I find my business on GoFundMe?

You can search for your business by clicking this link and searching the name and location of your business.  Once your business is located, you can click on the fundraiser to view donations or claim your business by clicking this option located at the bottom of the fundraiser:


If you do not see your business and would like to start a fundraiser, you can click this link to get started. Make sure to include the #SmallBusinessRelief hashtag in your fundraiser story to become eligible for the Small Business Relief Fund grant.

To learn more about running a successful fundraiser, check out some of our resources by clicking here


How do I claim my business donations?

To claim your business’s donations, you can click on the “Own this business? Claim here” button at the bottom of the fundraiser page. You will be directed to this form where you will need to: 

  1. Enter your valid email address
  2. Enter the URL of the fundraiser (example: www.gofundme.com/XXXXXX)
  3. Enter your full legal name as shown on your government-issued ID
  4. Select “Opt IN - Accept Donations”
  5. Upload a photograph of your government-issued ID (front and back)

Our team will review the information in 7-10 business days and follow up to assist with the next steps in withdrawing and managing your donations within the next couple of days.

How do I withdraw funds to my business?

If your business has a fundraiser that has been created by GoFundMe, a member of the GoFundMe Team will assist you in setting up withdrawals once you claim your business.

If you have set up your own fundraiser, you can set up withdrawals or add the business’s financial administrator as the fundraiser's beneficiary from within your dashboard.

To withdraw donations to a business account, you or the financial administrator will need to meet the following requirements: 

  • A US Social Security number or ITIN
  • A residential address in one of the 50 states
  • A US phone number
  • A US bank account
  • Must be 18 years of age or over

Documents that may be required to set up your business withdrawals include, but are not limited to:

  • A government-issued ID for the beneficial owner and/or anyone with 25% stake or greater in the organization
  • A copy of the organization’s governmental registration, such as your Articles of Incorporation
  • IRS 501(c) (3) determination letter
  • Documentation of candidacy
  • The organization’s banking statement
  • A document that shows your connection to the organization like a pay stub or an organizational chart

Click this link to learn more about business withdrawals

How do I become eligible for the grant?

To be eligible for a grant from the Small Business Relief Fund, you must be a small business negatively impacted by a government mandate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the business must be (a) that is independently owned and operated and not nationally dominant in the field of operation for that business and (b) that intends to use funds to either help care for its employees/workers or pay ongoing business expenses.

That said, any business, as long as it complies with our Terms of Service, can start a GoFundMe.

If you have a US fundraiser that is benefiting a small business, you can be eligible for a grant by meeting the following criteria:

- Have at least $500 raised
- Have the business owner set up as the beneficiary to the fundraiser (if they aren't raising funds themselves)
- Have withdrawals set up
- Add the hashtag #smallbusinessrelief to your fundraiser story

If the fundraiser receives a grant, you will see it arrive as a donation from GoFundMe.org on the page in the coming weeks.

How do I opt-out?

To opt-out so your business does not receive the donations, you can click on the “Own this business? Claim here” button at the bottom of the fundraiser page. You will be directed to this form where you will need to: 

  1. Enter your valid email address
  2. Enter the URL of the fundraiser (example: www.gofundme.com/XXXXXX)
  3. Enter your full legal name as shown on your government-issued ID
  4. Choose "Opt OUT - Refund all donors"
  5. Upload a photograph of your government-issued ID (front and back)

Our team will review the information and follow up to assist with the next steps in refunding those donors.

Where do the donations go if a business opts out?

GoFundMe.org, our company’s nonprofit and charitable arm, is launching the Small Business Relief Fund where people can donate to support the overall initiative. If your business decides to opt-out, refunded donors are welcome to donate to the Small Business Relief Fund instead. Those donations will benefit the overall relief fund and support other local businesses around the country.

For more information, please visit our Small Business Relief Initiative FAQ page.

How do I add a donate button to my website?

You can embed a styled widget that links to your GoFundMe from your website with this code!

Follow these steps:

  1. Visit your fundraiser page.
  2. Click "Share" located under the "Donate Now" button.
  3. Click "Embed"
  4. Click "Copy embed code"

For more assistance, please visit this article here.

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