World’s biggest crowdfunding platform now free for users in Ireland as it marks 10,000 campaigns
GoFundMe will today become the only major peer-to-peer fundraising platform available in Ireland that doesn’t charge a platform fee.
The pricing change marks the 10,000th campaign on GoFundMe Ireland since its launch two years ago. Those two years have seen millions of Euros raised for some of the biggest causes with around one in every 15 people Ireland making a donation through GoFundMe.
Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe, said: “We’ve been amazed by the generosity of people in Ireland since we launched here. We want to mark that anniversary by giving GoFundMe organisers in Ireland the chance to raise even more money for the causes they love without a platform fee. We’re looking forward to seeing more people giving and getting the help they need.”
The platform will now rely on voluntary tips from donors to help with the costs associated with providing its best in class customer service, trust & safety protections, and social fundraising technology. The pricing changes come after successful launches in the UK, US and Canada.
“As we’ve rolled this new model out in the US, we’ve had a huge amount of positive feedback from our community. It’s a win-win move, and we think people in Ireland will recognise the outstanding service we provide – and now we’re offering that service for free.” Solomon said.
Globally, more than $5 billion has been raised on GoFundMe since its launch.
GoFundMe is also the only platform of its kind to offer full donor protection under the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means donations are guaranteed to get to the right place or they will be refunded.
Three viral Irish GoFundMe Campaigns:
- Emmet Kavanagh, who runs Irish Liverpool Reds Facebook page, raised almost 80,000 Euros to support the family of Sean Cox who was stabbed outside Anfield before the Champions League match against Roma.
- Well-wishers donated over 130,000 Euros to support Jack O’Driscoll, the Cork University student who broke a vertebra during Storm Emma
- Kind neighbours donated 1,500 Euros to replace autistic 4-year-old Ella O’Keefe’s playhouse after it was burned down by heartless vandals
Launched in the US in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $5 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 50 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.
1: The 0% platform fee applies to new campaigns for personal causes
2: Users will still be charged an industry standard payment processing fee of 2.9% + 0.25 (EU)