There was an Australian article written in July this year that actually spells it all out very clearly. It is a long feature and I will add the link at the end of this page in order that anyone who wants to read it in full can do so.
We, at Javea Connect, once made enquiries about a Godfundme campaign to which many of our members donated. We just wished to established what happened to the money but they refused to tell us, despite having the link to the original campaign and could prove it was circulated on our group.
Now we are not saying that a lot of good work is not done by Gofundme, but purely wish to make people aware of a few checks you can make before donating and also to inform people that YOU CAN, IN FACT, OPT OUT OF THE TIP PERCENTAGE that they add now.
What to look for before handing over your hard-earned cash.
- How did you hear about the campaign?
- Was it on a Facebook page or social channel of someone that you trust?
- Have you read about it in the media – you can always do a quick search.
- Has the campaign organiser made it clear how the funds are going to be getting to the beneficiary?
- Has the person noted the beneficiary’s names, or their connection to them?
- If the GoFundMe is fundraising for a charity, look out for the green tick. This means that the donation will go directly to the charity through the PayPal Giving Fund.
A word of warning for your own GoFundMe campaign.
“If you are going to set up a GoFundMePage, make sure that the person, the recipient is happy with it.
Always check if you’re doing it for a family member or a friend because the story could potentially go viral and go everywhere.
For the full article click the link below.
More Reviews below from Consumer Affairs.com