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Donors gave $1.6 million to Kevin Strickland. How much will he actually get to keep?

Kevin Hardy, The Kansas City Star on

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Donors from around the world have given more than $1.6 million to Kevin Strickland, who was exonerated of a triple murder and released from prison last week after more than four decades behind bars.

Though he suffered the state’s longest known wrongful conviction, Strickland won’t receive a penny from Missouri, which provides compensation only to prisoners who prove their innocence through a specific DNA testing statute. That was not the case for Strickland, or most exonerees across America.

But tens of thousands of individuals have given to help Strickland start a new life now that he has been released from the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron.

While GoFundMe has collected more than $1.6 million in donations as of Monday afternoon, that cash won’t all go to Strickland.

The nonprofit fundraising platform takes a cut of all gifts to help fund its operations.

“To help us operate safely and securely, our payment processors deduct transaction fees (which include debit and credit charges) from each donation when made,” the website says. “Campaign beneficiaries receive all funds raised minus these transaction fees.”


For each donation made, GoFund Me collects a transaction fee consisting of 2.9% of the donated amount, plus a 30-cent fee. So, for a single $1,000 donation, the platform would keep $20.30, leaving the remaining $979.70

The fundraiser’s goal has changed several times as donations have increased.

As of midday Monday, Strickland’s fundraiser had raised about $1,602,760 from 28,800 individual donors. With those figures, GoFundMe would keep about $55,000, leaving more than $1.5 million for Strickland.

GoFundMe says most recipients of its fundraisers are not subject to income taxes because the funds are considered personal gifts, not income.


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