If you are signing up in the United States or United Kingdom, GoFundMe has two different campaign types to choose from: personal or certified charity campaigns.
Below, we'll take a quick look at the differences between the two.
Personal campaigns are the most common campaign type on GoFundMe. You can raise money for just about anything and withdraw the funds personally, or send the funds directly to a beneficiary. There’s no timeline or restrictions on how long you run a personal campaign, and you can withdraw the funds at any time.
Personal campaigns allow you to collect the donations as they come in on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Personal campaigns do not automatically send your donors tax-deductible receipts like certified charity campaigns do.
Someone who is a beneficial owner of an organization can also use a personal campaign type to withdraw directly to the organization's bank account using their EIN. A beneficial owner is someone with significant responsibility to control, manage, or direct the organization (e.g., a Chief Executive Officer, Vice President, Treasurer, or a controller). You will need to contact our team to make sure you are set up correctly for this option. Learn more.
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Certified charity campaigns can be created by anyone, whether you're a good samaritan wanting to support your favorite charity or an employee of a nonprofit. A 'certified charity' badge will appear on the campaign to give your cause an extra layer of authentication.
Donations made to charity campaigns are processed through PayPal Giving Fund, a 501(c)3 public charity (federal tax ID: 45-0931286). The campaign organizer doesn't have to touch the money at all, and donors will automatically receive tax receipts.
Note: If you are raising funds for an organization or charity outside of the US or UK, please contact our team to learn about your options.