FAQ

Writing your fundraiser’s story is about communicating the details of your situation. It may be difficult to write about these hardships and the challenges that accompany a loss. Once you have set up your free fundraiser, you will have access to tips and suggestions through your MyRespects fundraiser’s dashboard under “toolkit”.  Here you will find useful information about writing a successful meaningful memorial page. You'll also learn about inviting your online community to participate.


Keep in mind that your story is not an obituary, but a heartfelt message conveying the circumstances surrounding the loss. MyRespects recommends you be as accurate as possible when telling your story. A compelling story is key to a successful fundraiser, so be sure to include medical costs, funeral expenses or any other financial need that is included in your fundraising goal.

A fundraiser may not be extended once it has been established with the calendar feature when your fundraiser is created.

It is not necessary to locate a funeral home in order to create your free fundraiser with MyRespects. Take the first steps by building your fundraiser today and begin inviting loved ones to contribute.

Creating your free fundraiser with MyRespects does not require you to list a funeral provider.  However, it may be helpful to those you invite to contribute to your fundraiser. Your fundraiser will be a useful tool for you to connect with extended friends and family of your loved one that you may not be connected with otherwise.  Naming a funeral provider will make it easier for you to alert everyone involved with your fundraiser to events such as viewings or memorial services. 


Writing your fundraiser’s story is about communicating the details of your situation. It may be difficult to write about these hardships and the challenges that accompany a loss. Once you have set up your free fundraiser, you will have access to tips and suggestions through your MyRespects fundraiser’s dashboard under “toolkit”.  Here you will find useful information about writing a successful meaningful memorial page. You'll also learn about inviting your online community to participate.

Keep in mind that your story is not an obituary, but a heartfelt message conveying the circumstances surrounding the loss. MyRespects recommends you be as accurate as possible when telling your story. A compelling story is key to a successful fundraiser, so be sure to include medical costs, funeral expenses or any other financial need that is included in your fundraising goal.

When creating your free fundraiser, consider all possible expenses of your loved one’s final arrangements. These may range from legal expenses, to  reception costs and burial fees etc. Your fundraiser amount may be equal to your funeral provider's Statement of Goods and Services, plus any other funeral expenses.

A fundraising goal is necessary when creating your fundraiser.  Speak to your funeral provider and friends or family members who will be involved in making financial decisions surrounding your loved one’s final arrangements to get a good understanding of your financial needs.

Once your fundraiser’s goal has been set, it may not be changed.  It may be helpful to know that in its 2017 poll, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) reported the average adult funeral to cost $8755.  Additional burial fees can easily add upwards of $2000. Consult your funeral provider, and account for any other end of life expenses as well to decide on your fundraiser’s goal.

Absolutely! When you create your fundraiser, you will be provided links through MyRespects to allow for social media sharing. This can be a very helpful component to reaching your fundraiser’s goal, and alerting your community to upcoming events.

As soon as you create your free fundraiser with MyRespects, you can begin to accept donations. You are responsible for managing your account with WePay. Once money is requested from your WePay account, it will be available to you within 48 hours.