Fundraising: Why We Are Free

GoFundMe is the #1 and most trusted leader in online fundraising

Our crowdfunding platform has helped people around the globe raise over $9 billion for causes that make a difference. Here are just a few other reasons why GoFundMe stands apart from other online donation platforms.

  • We’re the first and only platform backed by a donor protection guarantee, making crowdfunding safe for everyone on our site.
  • There are no signup fees or eligibility requirements, allowing you to get started in minutes.
  • There is no long wait period to receive your money. You can withdraw funds right away.
  • We offer simple sharing tools that make it easy to promote your fundraiser.
  • Our best-in-class Customer Happiness agents are available to help 24/7 through our Help Center.

How we keep fundraising free

Making crowdfunding available to everyone may have you asking questions like, “Is GoFundMe free?” and, “How does fundraising really work?”

Our community of generous donors allows us to keep GoFundMe. Donors are able to leave a voluntary tip when they contribute to a cause on GoFundMe, and these tips allow us to maintain our platform, continue helping those in need, and pay our dedicated employees.

Payment processing fees vs. platform fees

It’s important to understand that payment processing fees are different from platform fees.

While GoFundMe fees no longer exist, payment processors like WePay and PayPal charge recipients a standard processing fee (2.9% + $.30 per transaction). This allows for credit card processing and the safe transfer of funds.

These payment processing fees are deducted from the donation total. For example, when someone donates $100 through GoFundMe, the payment processing fee would come to $3.20 (2.9% of the total plus $0.30).

GoFundMe saves you money by charging no platform fee.

Keep more of the money you raise with GoFundMe

Millions of people have used our crowdfunding platform to raise money for themselves or others in need. We hope that our no fee fundraising platform allows you to meet your fundraising goals, find financial relief, and help others who need it most.

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GoFundMe vs other fundraising sites

When looking for the right fundraising site for you it’s important to look at other features besides fees. Here are a few features to look for in addition to no platform fees:

Fundraising tips and guides

Fast customer support

Donor protection

Team fundraising

Customizable campaign pages

Mobile app

Comparing the best fundraising sites

1. GoFundMe

As the leader in online fundraising GoFundMe offers a platform for users to raise funds for a variety of categories. With no platform fee, a mobile app, and the first donor protection guarantee, GoFundMe provides a comprehensive fundraising platform with useful resources.


This platform offers a donation software that users can embed into their website. They help you keep track of your donor data for simplified reporting.


This platform is focused on helping people raise money for personal causes. They rely on voluntary tips from people that donate to fundraisers on their site. They provide a blog with fundraising resources and offer email for customer support.


This fundraising site provides a 0% platform fee for organizers option where they ask donors for an optional tip. You can use it to raise money for nonprofits and personal causes.

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