Frequently Asked Questions
What is this initiative about?
GoFundMe is working with trusted partners to connect members of our giving community with meaningful causes. American Refugee Committee (ARC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit that delivers aid to refugees all over the world, providing lifesaving support like health care, clean water, and shelter to refugees around the world for more than 35 years.
What happens when I select a campaign to lead?
Once you’ve picked the project or person you’d like to sponsor, you’ll be leading a GoFundMe campaign. This means you’ll be fundraising on behalf of these individuals to reach the preselected goal. The best way to reach the goal is to ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and community members to support the campaign with donations.
How does the campaign work?
You will be in control of the specific GoFundMe campaign that you selected. ARC will ensure that the money raised gets to the individuals you sponsor. ARC will send you updates, and you can post those updates on your campaign and notify your donors of the impact you all have had.
Should I make a donation to my campaign?
We recommend that you become the first donor to your campaign to kick things off. Then, share the fundraiser with your friends, family, and community to ask for their support.
Where will the money I raise go?
The money you raise will be sent to the ARC and they will direct the money to the sponsored individuals, or staff. GoFundMe will share your name and email address with ARC so that they can reach out to you with periodic updates.
Will donations be tax-deductible?
Yes. Donors should receive a tax-deductible receipt from our charity payments partner PayPal Giving Fund.
How do I thank my donors?
You can sign into GoFundMe, or use the GoFundMe app, to see donations and thank your donors.
What happens if I don’t raise the whole amount?
All of the money raised, even if you haven’t reached the goal amount, will be sent to individuals in need. Every dollar counts. If you decide to no longer fundraise, contact us, and we will make the campaign available to someone else in the GoFundMe community.
What happens if I raise more than the goal?
Any additional money raised above the initial goal amount will go to ARC to support their programs.
How much of each donation goes to the charity?
As with all charity campaigns on GoFundMe, there is a GoFundMe platform fee of 5% per donation and payment processing fee of 2.9% and $0.30 per donation. The remaining amount goes to ARC and is directed to the individuals you sponsor.
Can multiple people raise money for a specific campaign?
No. When you decide to lead a campaign, you are the only one who controls it. If you decide you’d no longer like to lead a campaign, please reach out to our Happiness team.
How do I edit my campaign description, title, or goal amount?
You will be able to edit your description, title, and goal amount. We strongly suggest that you describe why you’re supporting the campaign and why this is meaningful to you. Just be sure to keep all campaign details accurate and transparent for your donors. We reserve the right to modify your campaign description to reflect the story that existed when you sponsored the campaign.
How long do I have to fundraise for this campaign?
One month. Plan to start fundraising now, and end your campaign before Dec 31, 2016.
What if I don’t want to lead this campaign any longer? Can someone else take over?
Contact the GoFundMe support team and we will make the campaign accessible to another person in the GoFundMe community. Any money you’ve raised to date will go to the ARC, and we will make the campaign you’ve selected available to others to sponsor.
Can I start a new campaign for another cause?
Yes, if you don’t find a campaign, you can always start your own here: https://www.gofundme.com/charity-donations
I got an offline donation. Can I add it to my campaign?
You can’t add offline donations to this page, so it won’t be updated on the campaign. You can either mail in a donation to A Million Thanks, or make your own credit card donation to your own campaign.
For any other questions, please contact our Customer Happiness team.