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To all those affected by the terrible earthquakes in Nepal, the GoFundMe Team is thinking of you.

We’ve worked rapidly to create the ‘Nepal Earthquake Relief‘ category and continue to work diligently to scan and review the thousands of campaigns that have been created to aid victims and send relief. This has been our #1 priority.

Now, we’re announcing that GoFundMe will be donating back its 5% fee from all donations made to campaigns within our ‘Nepal’ category to AmeriCares. We believe that AmeriCares is best positioned to make an immediate impact by delivering aid packages of medical relief supplies to all of those displaced by the earthquakes.

At the time of this announcement, about $500K has been raised within the ‘Nepal Earthquake Relief’ category. We’re able to keep our pledge for the first $5M raised in the category, for a maximum gift of $250K. GoFundMe will be making these gifts in regular increments to ensure that help is delivered quickly.

We would like to thank all of the brave rescue workers and volunteers who are donating their time and resources to the relief efforts.

Thank you,
-The GoFundMe Team

More information about GoFundMe and its fee structure is below…

GoFundMe operates on only a 5% fee deducted from each donation received. Separately, our payment partners charge a small processing fee of about 3% will also be deducted from each donation. Please see Pricing & Fees for more info.

Very few organizations can claim that they help as many people on such a small percentage of total donation volume. While GoFundMe is a for-profit company, let’s see how our operating costs measure up against some famous charities dedicated to helping others: Red Cross(9.6%), Susan G. Koman for the Cure (17.2%) Wounded Warrior Project (42.3%).

In short, GoFundMe is an incredibly efficient and effective way to provide financial support to those you care about most. Not only can donors give in an extremely targeted way, but more money goes directly to the intended recipients than most other organizations can claim.

Why does GoFundMe have to charge 5%?

GoFundMe has major operating expenses like any popular internet service including technology, infrastructure, payroll, and benefits for our dedicated team of employees. We have purposely created a business model that allows users to sign up and launch their campaign for free. Visitors to our users’ campaigns are greeted with a frustration-free giving experience, void of advertisements and other distractions – helping our users raise even more money.

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This Week on GoFundMe: April 27, 2015

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April 21, 2015
Thousands Help Ailing Uber Driver
Roland helped Ken raise money to leave for his family.
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$102,338
Details 3,714 donors in 7 days Location Ypsilanti, MI
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Medical Help for Dad of 'Success Kid'
Famous boy's father will now be able to afford help.
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$100,195
Details 4,807 donors in 12 days Location Jacksonville, FL
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Formerly Homeless Woman's Triumph
Despite many setbacks, Toni will be attending Harvard.
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$79,293
Details 1,232 donors in 1 month Location Toronto, ON
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Protecting the Rhino Rangers
This group is ensuring the safety of endangered rhinos.
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$59,900
Details 2,326 donors in 2 months Location Gilgil, Kenya
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Support for Blind Power Lifter
Charles hopes to compete in South Korea this May.
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$5,344
Details 66 donors in 2 months Location Philadelphia, PA
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Grandfather with cancer takes up Uber driving
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Baby born without nose is the center of attention
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This Week on GoFundMe: April 20, 2015

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The GoFundMe Team would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Austin Knox during this incredibly difficult time. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a terrible experience, and to be further upset by confusion surrounding the validity of online fundraising campaigns makes it all the more painful.

After a thorough investigation into this matter, GoFundMe cannot identify a single instance of a fraudulent campaign set up to take advantage of Austin Knox’s family.

While GoFundMe continues to be incorrectly cited in association with this story, a more likely scenario is that these fraudulent campaigns occurred on a less scrupulous website. The GoFundMe Team has always been incredibly responsive and quick to act whenever fraudulent activity is reported and identified.

GoFundMe cares deeply about its users. To help ease the financial burden involved with this tragedy, GoFundMe will be providing a gift of $5,000 to the official fundraising campaign for the family of Austin Knox, located at this link: http://www.gofundme.com/r8c73kw

GoFundMe must insist that members of the media use the appropriate channels to contact our team should there be any questions surrounding the validity of a given campaign. Doing so will help prevent the future distribution of inaccurate and misleading information.

The best way to submit a media inquiry to GoFundMe is via the link below:
http://www.gofundme.com/media

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April 14, 2015
Support for Austin's Surgery
Despite his hardships, Austin always stays positive.
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$329,089
Details 14,057 donors in 11 months Location Kremmling, CO
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Matt's Miracle Recovery
Matt is on the mend after waking from a coma.
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$62,622
Details 1,454 donors in 1 month Location Savannah, GA
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Rock 'N' Roll Sisters
These young musicians hope to attend a music school.
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$30,002
Details 527 donors in 5 months Location Cypress County, AB
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Picking Up the Pieces
Clem was severely affected by the Illinois tornadoes.
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$9,497
Details 176 donors in 3 days Location Kirkland, IL
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Surgery for Search and Rescue Dog
Fielder desperately needs surgery on his leg.
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$4,670
Details 121 donors in 10 days Location Centreville, VA
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This Week on GoFundMe: April 13, 2015

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April 7, 2015
Father of Three Donates Kidney
Josh offered his kidney to a total stranger in need.
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$45,989
Details 690 donors in 17 days Location Windham, ME
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New York Fire Destroys Home
Diane and her children lost everything in the blaze.
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$91,920
Details 1,258 donors in 9 days Location New York, NY
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Animal Group Helping Stray Dogs
Diana is trying to help rescue street dogs in Mexico.
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$10,294
Details 80 donors in 1 month Location Saint Paul, MN
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Cancer Fighter's Biggest Wish
Blake got to see his favorite basketball player in action.
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$6,580
Details 125 donors in 6 days Location Mount Eden, KY
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Team Support for Paralyzed Athlete
Despite Andy's injury, his team is standing by his side.
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$2,225
Details 45 donors in 2 months Location Fair Oaks, CA
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Locals help mom of 3 whose apartment burned down
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Dream trip comes true for boy battling cancer
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Crowdfunding helps students raise more than $44K
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Mother says son born without nose is perfect
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From the ashes: Ferguson, Mo., boutique reopens
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Man who lost nearly 400 pounds plans surgery
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This Week on GoFundMe: April 6, 2015

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March 31, 2015
Support for Late Firefighter's Family
Ralf's wife is receiving support from around the globe.
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$197,130
Details 2,922 donors in 7 days Location Miami, FL
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Furry Friend for Simone
A service dog would help Simone live more safely.
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$10,620
Details 162 donors in 10 days Location Los Angeles, CA
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50-Year Resident's Home Destroyed
Mildred's longtime home was tragically burned in a fire.
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$19,667
Details 279 donors in 2 days Location New York, NY
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Future Lawyer's College Dreams
Chiyenum needs help finishing up her degree.
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£3,570
Details 124 donors in 8 days Location Hyde Park, ENG
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Ken's Bucket List
Hundreds are helping Ken meet his favorite band.
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$24,025
Details 907 donors in 15 days Location Mount Warrigal, NSW
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Internet helping 82-year-old meet her siblings
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Portland musician loses home in New York fire
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Foo Fighters give terminally ill fan free tickets
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