Start a Memorial Fundraiser on GoFundMe

Raise money to help cover the cost of memorial expenses, to support family members, or to honor someone’s memory on the world’s most chosen crowdfunding platform.

Start a GoFundMe

Everything you need to help your fundraiser succeed is here. Start fundraising on GoFundMe today

How to start a GoFundMe

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Our tools help create your fundraiser

Click the ‘Start a GoFundMe’ button and answer a few questions to get started. You’ll add your fundraiser details and set your goal, but can always adjust these anytime.

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Share your fundraiser link to reach donors

Once live, share your fundraiser link with friends and family to start gaining momentum. You’ll also find helpful resources for running your fundraiser in your GoFundMe dashboard.

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Securely receive the funds you raise

Add your bank information to securely start receiving funds or invite your intended recipient to add theirs. You don’t need to reach your fundraising goal to receive your money.

Examples of memorial fundraisers on GoFundMe

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Questions about memorial fundraising on GoFundMe

Can I start a fundraiser to support the family?

Yes, if you want to help support a family who has just lost a loved one, a GoFundMe is a great way to help. We recommend you first ask if the person or family you are fundraising on behalf of is comfortable with you starting the fundraiser. Once you set up the fundraiser, you can invite them to set up bank transfers so they will receive the money directly. Learn more about inviting someone else to receive funds

What details should I include in my memorial fundraiser?

The fundraiser description is a great place to honor the memory of the deceased. You can add memories, photos, and brief overview of their life. We also recommend including details at the beginning of your fundraiser description that shares what the funds will be used for to help potential donors understand how their donation will be used. If there is a date by which you are hoping to collect funds, it is also recommended that you include this information. For example, if you are looking for help covering end of life costs before they are due, set a date. 

Can I raise my goal if my the financial needs increase?

Yes, you can raise (or lower) your fundraising goal at any time. 

How long will it take to receive the money raised?

The process of setting up and verifying transfers can take 3-7 business days or longer to complete. Then, once your first transfer is sent, it will take on average 2-5 business days for the funds to safely be deposited into the bank account on file.

How much of the money will I keep?

One small transaction fee (2.9% + $0.30) is automatically deducted per donation—that’s it. Everything else goes directly to your cause. For more information and to estimate what you will receive, check out the GoFundMe pricing calculator.

Can I raise money on GoFundMe for a charity in memory of my loved one?

Yes, you can fundraise for a charity or nonprofit you care about by selecting “Charity” when prompted to select who you are fundraising for in your GoFundMe setup.

How much does the average funeral or memorial cost?

The average funeral or memorial service in the United States costs $8,300, according to The National Funeral Directors Association. Other costs may include cemetery fees (e.g., plot cost, monument, or grave marker) or items such as an obituary, flowers, fees for the priest or minister, etc. Memorial fundraising is a great way to help offset these costs.

What should I title my memorial fundraiser?

We recommend using the full name of the person’s memory in which you are fundraising for so that donors can easily search for your fundraiser. For example, “In loving memory of Jane Doe.”

Can I invite friends or family to help me run the fundraiser?

Yes, you can add team members to help you run the fundraiser after the fundraiser is set up. Visit this help center article for a step-by-step guide to adding team members to your GoFundMe

Why set up a memorial fundraiser on GoFundMe?

Starting a memorial on GoFundMe is a meaningful way to honor the memory of a loved one, while also providing practical support for their family members. It also gives those who care a chance to come together to support, by donating to a fundraiser for funeral expenses or for a nonprofit the deceased loved. Donors can also leave a message or tribute with their donation, making it even more special.