Free Fundraising: Why We Are Free

Here at GoFundMe, we’ve empowered more than 50 million individuals to champion change and spread compassion.

Our mission is simple: we want to help you raise money for what matters most. Whether it’s starting a memorial fund, finding emergency financial assistance, or paying for a service dog, we understand that every dollar counts. Our free fundraising platform allows you to keep even more of the money you raise so you can dream big without worrying about financial barriers.

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

Our free crowdfunding platform has helped people around the globe raise over $5 billion for causes that make a difference. Here are just a few other reasons why GoFundMe stands apart from other free 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 free crowdfunding available to everyone may have you asking questions like, “Is GoFundMe free?” and, “How does free fundraising really work?”

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

GoFundMe offers free fundraising

Competitors charge a platform fee

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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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The leader in online fundraising

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Donor protection guarantee

GoFundMe has the first and only guarantee in the industry.

Simple setup

You can personalize and share your GoFundMe in just a few minutes.

0% platform fee

With a 0% platform fee, you get to keep even more of your money.

Mobile app

The GoFundMe app makes it easy to launch and manage your campaign on the go.

Social reach

Harness the power of social media to spread your story and get more support.

24/7 expert advice

Our best-in-class Customer Happiness agents will answer your questions, day or night.