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Yesterday, GoFundMe announced that it would be donating its 5% fee from all donations made to campaigns within our ‘Nepal Earthquake Relief’ category to AmeriCares, in an effort to aid emergency relief efforts in Nepal. Today, we’re happy to announce that the first $50,000 donation has been successfully made.

GoFundMe will be making these donations in regular increments to ensure help is delivered quickly. Our thoughts are with all those in Nepal during this incredibly difficult time.

To view all campaigns for Nepal Earthquake Relief, please visit this link:

http://www.gofundme.com/Nepal-Earthquake-Relief/

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Protecting Our Community

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Today we’re updating our terms to help address some confusion around how GoFundMe goes about reviewing campaigns and deciding what will be permitted on our platform.

Specifically, we would like to clarify that GoFundMe relies on information from law enforcement and government agencies to help determine what actions our team will take regarding questionable campaigns. We would also like to acknowledge that while we cannot conduct in-depth investigations on every campaign that is created, we do reserve the right to act on pertinent information as it becomes available to us.

GoFundMe will not allow campaigns that benefit individuals or groups facing formal charges or claims of serious violations of the law. The amended term can be found under the ‘What’s Not Allowed’ section of our terms, as well as below:

Campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts

We are also informing users that GoFundMe reserves the right to share the content from a deleted campaign with law enforcement, donors or stated beneficiaries who wish to file a police report about any misuse of fundraising proceeds. The added language can be found below:

By using GoFundMe, Users are representing and warranting that all donations received are being given and being used solely for the purpose(s) stated within the content of the User’s campaign.  We reserve the right to provide information relating to your campaign with donors and beneficiaries of your campaign, and with law enforcement or to assist in any investigation.

GoFundMe is home to millions of uplifting and inspiring fundraising campaigns. As we grow, our team will continue to optimize our processes and revise our terms in the ways we determine are best suited for our platform.

Thank you,
-The GoFundMe Team

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$650K Raised for Nepal Earthquake Victims

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April 29, 2015
Sending Help from Afar
Sarala wants to help her home country recover.
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£12,709
Details 643 donors in 2 days Location West Moors, ENG
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On-The-Ground Relief Efforts
Suman will soon be traveling to Nepal to help in person.
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$11,207
Details 369 donors in 2 days Location Durham, NC
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Reuniting Families
Jasmine & friends are helping reunite displaced victims.
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$8,262
Details 154 donors in 2 days Location Brookline, MA
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Sending Supplies
Minling's friend is in Nepal providing relief supplies.
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$6,672
Details 100 donors in 1 day Location Los Angeles, CA
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Helping Nepal Heal
Nripesh is heading to Nepal this week to provide aid.
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$6,550
Details 96 donors in 2 days Location Palo Alto, CA
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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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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

Thank you,
-The GoFundMe Team

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Support for Austin's Surgery
Despite his hardships, Austin always stays positive.
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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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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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Details 121 donors in 10 days Location Centreville, VA
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This Week on GoFundMe: April 13, 2015

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