Start a Funeral Fundraiser on GoFundMe

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

Start a GoFundMe

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How to start a GoFundMe

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Our tools help create your fundraiser

Click the ‘Start a GoFundMe’ button to get started. You’ll be guided by prompts to add fundraiser details and set your goal, which can be changed 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.

Questions about funeral fundraising on GoFundMe

Can I start a fundraiser to support the family?

Yes, if you know a friend or loved one who needs help covering medical bills, starting a GoFundMe is a great way to help. We recommend you first ask if the person you are fundraising for 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 the person you are fundraising for to receive funds

What details should I include in my funeral 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 recommend including details at the beginning of your fundraiser description that shares what the funds will be used for. This will help potential donors understand what they are donating for. 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 the costs of the funeral before they are due, include the date and roughly the expected costs. 

Can I raise my goal if I 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% + $ CAD 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. You can also include a QR code in the funeral program to ask people to make a donation instead of flowers to the deceased favorite charity.

What should I title my funeral 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 funeral fundraiser on GoFundMe?

Starting a funeral fundraiser 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.