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Ireland Leads as GoFundMe’s Most Generous Nation for Fourth Year Running, Raising Millions for Charities and Causes

Ireland maintains its position as GoFundMe’s most generous nation for the fourth consecutive year, with five million donations totaling a quarter of a billion euros. These contributions support charitable and community causes while also benefiting GoFundMe through service fees of 2.9% plus 25 cents per transaction and optional tips from donors.

Galway emerges as the most giving county in Ireland, closely followed by Limerick and Cork, based on the number of donations per capita. The top five charities benefiting from GoFundMe campaigns in Ireland include the Irish Cancer Society, Pieta, the Irish Red Cross, Women’s Aid, and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

GoFundMe CEO Tim Cadogan emphasises the company’s commitment to ensuring the legitimacy of fundraising campaigns, highlighting the importance of trust among donors. He explains the rigorous process of verifying funds and mentions the GoFundMe Giving Guarantee, which offers donation refunds in case of any issues.

Cadogan notes a 20% improvement in the effectiveness of crowdfunding efforts thanks to GoFundMe’s fundraising tools. While the company conducts subsequent verifications to ensure funds are appropriately used, the ultimate responsibility lies with individuals and organisations to fulfil their stated purposes.

The most common words in Irish GoFundMe campaign titles this year include “help,” “family,” “cancer,” “home,” “fundraiser,” “fight,” “fund,” “life,” “support,” and “treatment.”

Ireland stands out among the 19 countries where GoFundMe operates for its leadership in community-oriented fundraising. Dr. Gemma Donnelly-Cox of Trinity College Business School attributes this generosity to the Irish tradition of swiftly coming together to support those in need, reflecting the unique spirit of community and rapid response seen on the GoFundMe platform.

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