GoFundMe allows you to create personal fundraising pages for just about anything.
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Not strict enough rules
Too easy to cheat people out of their money my nephews money went to his ex girlfriend because she opened the go fund me when he was dying and she profitted from it didn't even help pay his funeral expenses
Weakness for donors, undisclosed
Made donation. Put in comment. Requested my name not be shown.
When posted, did show "anonymous", but comment was not shown.
Asked help from GofundMe.
"Currently, the option to have your name hidden, but a comment present isn't an option for the donations.
Wish I had known that.
Not disclosed prior to making a donation.
Seems simple enough.
(Anonymous user, with a comment.)
Glaring weakness in GoFundMe’s product/service.
go fund themselves
My daughter went through gofundme to aid me in avoiding eviction from my apartment because I lost my job and had no funds to pay rent. We met the goal for my rent payment so at the time she went to transfer the generous donations sent by people...gofundme took 20% of the funds before they transferred the rest of the money. I had to borrow the rest from a friend. I would have understood should they have taken 5% or 10% but 20 seems extremely excessive for people in need. My daughter wanted to help her mother but it seems gofundme is a company that seeks out to fund themselves from vulnerable people.
Eyes wide open
I set up a fund for a friend diagnosed with cancer and though the whole procedure was easy enough to do as well as the collecting of donations, there was a rude surprise when i tried to withdraw the money. I thought I had researched on the site well enough to know what to expect but was frustrated when it actually occurred. I my case I did not wish to burden my friend with any part of the process and wanted to handle it on my own. As i went trough the process to set that up, suddenly things became complicated. even with back and forth email I was never given enough information at one time to know what to expect. When it became clear that the only way the money would be released was with authorization from my friend, I proceeded only to discover that my friend had to make a copy of an ID with him in it and address some additional requirements. I was mad that only till the end did I find out that my friend, dealing with his diagnosis and medical appointments had to comply with requests for him to meet their demands. My advise is to be fully aware of what you must do before, during and after the fund is initiated.
GoFundMe is amazingly responsive
This site has been more than responsive to every question, and has changed my family's outlook from Hopeless to Hopeful! Thank you GoFundMe. The only thing that I feel could help is that it would be nice for people upfront to know is that the $$ that they see isn't necessarily to gross amount that the recipient receives. Changes the donating perception
Fundraisers need to read all terms and conditions to make an informed decision about using GoFundMe. It seems OK though.
Donors need to be aware that not all requests for donations are giving you the whole truth. Research all aspects of the story. Eg. Medical- eg. People wanting money forrocedures covered by their Govt healthcare system.
Read the fine print; there are no free lunches
Those big number successes are few and far between.
I experienced most of the issues that have been shared here when a dear family member set up a campaign when life handed me the unacceptable.
GFM does discriminate, is easily used as a scam and you could be endangered if you share your name, and there is little you can do about it except to start another one without your name attached and let the people who tried to help you know what happened, but that anonymity costs your new campaign because then people don't trust it because of the pervasive scamming, so it's all the same.
They are not perfect communicators and there are assumptions and judgments with and without good cause.
The funds you raise are reduced by at least 10% by GFM/moneychanger before you get them plus the government does consider it income, so if you're in a 25% bracket, that's a 35+% loss or a 65% gain, depending on how you frame it.
Direct to Paypal costs 8%.
There is a need for a safe, genuine, straightforward way to do this that allows you to keep more of your donations, but I have not yet found it other than direct solicitation of cash from those you already know, and in many cases you've already done that or you wouldn't be here.
Prayers and best wishes to all in need who were inspired to try this because the majority of us do need the help and find it hard to ask, or others wouldn't be inspired to do it for us.
I have used gofundme to raise now over $25,000 for 4 friends battling cancer. Sure, someone could use the site to scam, but to give it poor rates based on the few who do??? What about all the families it helps? I love gofundme! The total 7.9% taken is honest for the product. Easy website, easy viral social media exposure, and it has helped everyone's camapaign I have started greatly. 5 stars always!
DISCRIMINATES AGAINST CHRISTIANS
If you are a christian, watch out. All you have to do is begin a campaign on your stance for your beliefs, and they will shut your account down. Search the story of the Kleins family.
Very sad, that this people that own this site want to control the Christians of America, and punish them for their Faith.
Don't support this site.
Nobody ever donates unless ur story is on the news
I have a friend her and her husband and twin 4 yr olds lost everything a week before Christmas because of a house fire and not one donation . So either people are just that heartless or like i said get the news involved . Pretty sad these babies will go without a christmas because they werent on the news .
Excellent, but high fees
I found the site easy to use, and my campaign raised more than my goal in one day! The fees are very high, though, I may look for a more reasonably priced option.
Not horrible for me
I used it when we had a sudden death in the family and the process was pretty seamless. I ran into some trouble when I donated to a childhood friend who was using the site to run a scam. I was worried that I wouldn't get my money back, but after a few emails back and forth between customer service, they started processing my refund. I emailed them and they contacted me within a few minutes. I was super worried because you read about all these horror stories of GFM and their customer service, but my experience was rather positive.
GoFundMe refuse to communicate...
I am so sick of GoFundMe, I have complained for weeks about a scammer using their service, they simply ignore any reports I send. I have provided plenty evidence to prove the person is a crook, but GoFundMe just keeps letting him use their service, this has been going on since 2009, but still they allow this person to run a scam. Never ever will I trust them to act responsibly when it comes to running what could be great service.
If I needed help probably use it again.
So for we have had no negativity. Money is sent on time and with only the amount agreed upon starting the fund. OUr site was visited many times but only family and close friends donated any money. Would I do it again. I don't know. Asking for help is not easy. I guess it depends on the situation.
Worst site ever. I donated to a neighbour who had lost her husband in a car accident. The money was supposed to go toward her 2 young sons. The scumbag who started the account drained every last cent. The family received nothing.
This is a joke
Someone started a campaign for my daughter without our knowledge and have given a totally false story to garner sympathy from donors. We contacted the person and asked them to remove the campaign and she still refuses to do it. I wonder where the money is going as we have not asked for this person's help. Although I reported it to GFM I was told that they would investigate and are not obliged to share the results of their findings. In the meantime our family is made to look like beggars when we have had nothing to do with this. My daughter is in fact a married woman who is living with her husband and his family but is made out to be a destitute in another country. Why won't GFM do anything about it and save innocent people from sending money to a cause for someone who is on their own glory mission to look like a knight in shining armour?
We want an answer
No star sorry you took down my sisters campaign with no explaination why, we have violated none of your posted rules, its been over a week and no answer to her queries, no customer service, no phone number or live person to respond to our questions. Our campaign raised 1/3 of our goal in less than 2 days, we would appreciate at least knowing why you deemed her campaign unworthy?
I don't like gofundme.com. I was campaigning for funds for less fortunate children in the Philippines (http://www.gofundme.com/100-happysmiles) that would run all year round, unfortunately I had no enough donation for my $2000 target (only $50.00 was donated), so gofundme.com removed the donation url for that reason. I checked my account why, and their reason is because the donation did not reach $500.00. Because of this, I was not able to make anymore donation from where I embedded the donation code in my own website for a few more people to donate. The link was removed without prior notice, living me expecting it was working alright until I noticed the link did not exist anymore. I still have to try more crowdfunding sites that have no such policy and be more helpful to anybody seeking help.
Can I give them a zero rating? Right at the apex of our campaign they shut down our account without an explanation. Its been two days and email after email goes ignored. I don't know where the money that was donated to me is, or whether it will be returned to me or my donors. Their customer service only sends you generic emails and NEVER answer your questions. Has anyone dealt with the same? Any advise on how to proceed? Long story short DO NOT USE GO FUND ME!!
Does this even WORK?
I don't think these things work, to be honest. I saw on Facebook a post that said that some girl in Toronto got "from Homeless to enough money to pay for Harvard" using gofundme.com but I'm beginning to wonder HOW. They say to network among those you know but if that would have EVER worked in my 40-something misspent years of living, it would have worked by now and I wouldn't be resorting to trying to ask strangers on the Internet for college money!! I mean, my schpiel basically says help me help get ASL certified to help DEAF PEOPLE out in the boondocks and still, NOTHING. NADA. NO dice. I mean, are you supposed to purposely target exactly those billionaires who WOULD help the Deaf, or something?! I even posted my link IN a bunch of deaf support groups on Facebook and STILL no dice. I may have to try to win the bloody lottery to pay for ASL interpreter training, for God's sake.
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