We believe in the power of people.

And that together, we can accomplish amazing things.

How it works
Create a Fundraising page

Starting a fundraiser is a big decision that takes courage. We’re here to make your entire process an easy, joyful and memorable experience. The best advice we can give, is to tell a compelling story. No need to write a novel, but you should be specific about how the money will make an impact on your loved one who needs support.

After answering a few questions about the fundraiser, the person you are raising money for, and yourself — hit “Submit” and it will be active.

Things you'll need to get the best start

Using our data, research and a little creativity, we’ve gathered a few things that can really get your fundraiser started off on the right foot. For an in-depth list of ideas, visit our fundraising ideas page.

Fundraising Checklist

Team Captain refers to the person who started and is running the fundraiser. Team Members help share and also run the fundraiser. The Funds Manager (who must be a US citizen) controls your fundraiser's money.

Each fundraiser will be assigned a Personal Coach. Feel free to contact them with questions or for advice via email or over the phone.

Fundraiser Guidelines

GiveForward recognizes that every situation is different. We like to focus on fundraisers that empower compassion. GiveForward fundraisers work best for:

  • Medical Expenses including travel, medical equipment and service animals
  • Out-of-pocket living expenses that are associated with an illness or injury
  • “Bucket lists” associated with a terminal illness
  • Funeral expenses or memorial funds
Spread the word to friends,
family, & the world.

Sharing your loved one's story can make a big impact on the success of your fundraiser. We've witnessed thousands of people coming together to accomplish amazing things.

Gain early momentum by sharing your fundraiser with friends and family, who are likely to be early supporters. Then, promote your page via email, Facebook, and other social media. Next, post updates to keep people informed.

Supporters can give using a credit or debit card.

The Importance of adding Team Members
  • Team Members can post updates, add photos, and share your fundraiser with their contacts.
  • Adding just one Team Member may increase page views by 150%.
  • Adding the person you are helping as a Team Member is a great idea. This way, they can play a more active role in reaching their goal amount.

A big benefit of social media is the ability for your fundraiser to "go viral" — meaning your fundraiser is seen and shared by many different people all at once. But if that's not your thing, you can always choose to hide your page from search results.

Collect hugs & gifts (donations)

Our payment process is quick, easy, and customizable. The Funds Manager can choose how and when the funds will be distributed, so the person you are raising money for can get the help they need, when they need it. We do have a small fee that covers the things that keep us running. To learn more, visit our fees section (or scroll down just a bit).

Gifts (donations) and Hugs (words of encouragement) stay on your fundraising page forever. After your fundraiser closes, a custom, hard-bound book featuring your Gifts and Hugs will be ready to order. You can continue to post and share Updates online, too.

Ready to get started?

For the average GiveForward fundraiser

99.5% of donations go directly to your loved one.

Here's how it works

Our fee is 7.9% + $0.30 per transaction

Approximately 2.9% + $0.30 goes to our online payment service provider. We use the remaining 5% to maintain our staff of fundraising coaches and developers who work hard to make sure you have the technology and personal support you need to make your fundraiser a success.

We let donors cover these fees…and 95% of them do.

The average fundraiser on GiveForward keeps 99.5% of the money it raises because of this feature.

People raise more money on GiveForward.

With our features, tips, and mobile app, Fundraisers on GiveForward raise 21% more on average than our leading competitor. We give back to Fundraisers with our Community Program and Create Unexpected Joy for families, too.

Learn how
We're seriously serious when it comes to

Payment Security

We take security very seriously

There's no need to worry when creating or giving to a fundraiser. GiveForward uses the latest encryption technology to ensure privacy and security. We never give out your contact info or sell information about who you're raising money for, Team Members or Supporters. Those practices are frustrating, annoying and not very joyful for our users or anyone, so we make certain it'll never happen.

We take privacy very seriously too
Our fundraising coaches

We have coaches.

Who all just happen to be amazing.

GiveForward assigns a personal Fundraising Coach to each and every fundraiser, to provide you with guidance and support. That’s a picture of them right up there and no, it’s not a stock photo. They’re real people with real hobbies, allergies, superstitions, quirks, and well you get the idea. They’re willing to help, not only because it’s their job, but because they truly care about your fundraiser. Contact them via phone or email.

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