REDWOOD CITY, Calif: Late Sunday evening, devastating wildfires hit California, and the powerful fires continue to impact those in their paths. In response, GoFundMe launched a centralized hub for campaigns created to help those affected by the California wildfires.
This centralized hub allows anyone to donate to an existing GoFundMe or start a campaign and raise money for an individual or a charity.
Campaigns created to support victims of the wildfires are backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which ensures that all funds go to the right place. For additional information, see here: http://www.gofundme.com/guarantee
How campaign funds are released
It's helpful to know how a donation ends up getting to a beneficiary (the person or group a campaign is intended to benefit). Funds are collected by our payment processors, held, and then released only to the person named as the beneficiary. If a campaign organizer has a direct, personal connection to the beneficiary, then in some instances the campaign organizer may withdraw the funds to provide directly to the beneficiary. If any questions arise, our team will hold the funds unless the beneficiary is verified to our satisfaction. This layer of protection ensures that funds go only into the right hands. Our team will provide around-the-clock support to ensure of the money goes to the right place.
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