Can I Help Someone Under the Age of 18 Raise Funds?
The simple answer to that question is…YES!Of course, there are some things you should know ahead of time. The safety and security of all users is our top priority, which is why there may be additional requirements for guardians and/or fundraisers.
Here’s everything you need to know…
- If you’ll be raising funds for a child of which you're NOT the legal guardian, you must receive permission from the minor’s legal guardian. Alternatively, you can deposit raised funds directly into a trust account for the sole benefit of the minor. Note: Speak with a financial advisor or legal counsel to learn more about creating a trust account.
- For someone under 18 who wishes to start a fundraiser for someone else benefit, please note a few things:
- The minor can create their own Give A Hand account if they’re 13 or older.
- The person who withdraws funds to their bank must be at least 18 years of age.
- Although the minor cannot withdraw funds, they can manage the fundraiser, including posting updates, sharing the fundraiser, and more.
- For anyone under 18 who wishes to start a fundraiser for himself or herself, please note that a parent or guardian will need to be added as the beneficiary in order to withdraw funds.
- If the person you’re helping to raise funds will have their own Give A Hand account, we strongly recommend going over account security with them. Click here for tips on keeping an account secure.
- No fundraiser can include the image of a minor without the authorization of a parent or guardian.
- If the person under 18 has their own Give A Hand account, you will not have access to that account, even as a parent. However, you should feel encouraged to reach out to Give A Hand support if you do not authorize the fundraiser of someone under your guardianship or if you wish to remove your child’s fundraiser from public view.