Funeral and Memorial Fundraising Tips

On behalf of all of us at GoFundMe, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. We understand that you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’re going to pay for a funeral during this difficult time. We want to make sure that you have all the help you need, so please read our funeral and memorial fundraising tips to support your crowdfunding journey.

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Tips for funeral and memorial fundraiser success

Tell your loved one’s story

In the fundraiser description, tell the story of your loved one. Describe your relationship to them and explain what he or she meant to you. We’ve found that writing your story as a tribute to your loved one and including photos of him or her at different points in their life is a great way to inspire others to reminisce about the times that they shared with them. If you’re struggling to find the right words, read our blog post Your Crowdfunding Fundraiser Story: A Comprehensive Guide for extra help.

Share specific financial needs

We understand that funerals are expensive. You can encourage more donations by letting your supporters know exactly what your financial needs are. In your fundraiser description, let potential donors know about specific expenses, such as flowers and funeral home expenses, and the amount that each item costs, so they know how their donation is making a difference.

Keep your supporters involved

Posting fundraiser updates with photos paying tribute to your loved one or publicly thanking donors will go a long way to keep up the support. Be as clear as possible about what the funds will be contributing to and who will be handling the finances – this helps reduce unnecessary stress and prevents awkward questions at an emotional time.

Let us know if you need more help

We hope that these suggestions will be helpful for you throughout your funeral fundraising experience. Contact our Customer Support team with any questions you might have.