How to get funds to a charity organization
If you're one of the countless individuals, businesses, or organizations that have decided to raise funds for charity, crowdfunding can help. If you haven’t already signed up, the process is quick and easy, allowing you to get your fundraiser up and running in a matter of minutes. Once you’ve created your fundraiser, follow the guidelines below to ensure the charity receives your funds as quickly as possible.
Our main goal is to make sure your donors are aware of where their funds will be every step of the way. To ensure this, you'll need to clarify directly in the fundraiser's story who is responsible for transferring the money into their own bank account and how they are distributing the funds, if you aren't directly adding the charity as the beneficiary.
Set up a transfer plan
You can start the transfer process even before your first donation, or while your fundraiser continues to accept donations. Our payment processor is unable to act as a bank by holding onto your funds for longer periods of time, so you will need to set up transfers as soon as you can. If you don’t set up transfers and complete all required verification within 90 days, new donations to your fundraiser may be paused. Be sure to review other important transfer and verification deadlines, including avoiding refunds. To start the transfer process:
- Simply sign in, and click “Bank transfers” on your dashboard. (If you’re using the GoFundMe app, you’ll select the "Bank transfer" button.)
- Follow the prompts to designate who will manage transfers. During this step, you’ll also determine if funds are for you, your business, or for a beneficiary. A beneficiary would be someone else or someone else’s business or organization.
- If you’re receiving the funds yourself, you’ll need to enter personal information such as birth date, mailing address, as well as your bank account number. If transferring to your business or organization account, you’ll need to enter information and provide our team with registration documents. For a full list and more details, see our article on requirements to receive funds from GoFundMe.
Raising funds for a charity in Spain or Italy and want to send them the funds directly?
Generally, the best option is to send the funds directly to a charity, so they can transfer to a bank account of their choice.
First, you can reach out to the organization and ask if they already have a GoFundMe account. If so, they can share the email address associated with the account, and you can use that to add them as the beneficiary to your fundraiser. It’s best to ensure that the email used on a previous campaign is used again, since that will help the organization to streamline the transfer process. If the organization of your choice doesn’t have an account on GoFundMe, ask them to share an email address they check on a regular basis instead.
Just follow these steps:
- Sign in to your GoFundMe account
- Click the “Bank transfers” button at the top of your dashboard and then select "Set up"
- Choose “Someone Else”
- Enter your beneficiary organization’s name and email and follow the prompts to send them an invitation
Once they accept, a new account will be created for them in conjunction with your campaign, and they'll be able to receive funds directly. You should receive an email informing you once your beneficiary has accepted the invitation you sent.
Some of charity emails are already listed below, with permission to be used to add a beneficiary to your campaign:
|Charity Name||Charity Email|
|Croce Rossa Italianaemail@example.com|
|Asociación Camina Senegalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Are you a Spanish or Italian charity and would like to claim funds raised on your behalf?
The first step is to contact the campaign organizer. You can visit their campaign and click on the 'Contact' button beside their name, under the campaign story.
Please try to ensure the same email address is always given to campaign organizers, since this ensures all your GoFundMe fundraisers are housed under one account.
If you have any trouble getting in touch, you can always reach out to us, and we can help facilitate that contact.