Supporting a Creator: Private & Public Options

Making a Message Private on Ko-fi

Ticking Private message will mean only the creator will see the message of support you leave for them. The message won't show on the page feed of the creator.


Names and Usernames in the Feed

If you are logged into your Ko-fi account when you donate, your username will be displayed in the creator's feed. If you don't want your Ko-fi username to appear on the feed then be sure to donate as a guest by logging out of your account before donating.


How Public and Private Donation Messages Look on the Ko-fi Feed

Here is an example of what a private message (first) and public message (second) look like on a creator's feed. Private messages will only show your display name (optional for guests) and public messages show the name and message.



How to Make a Public Message Private

If you've left a public message and make it private you can hide the message in the creator's feed. (The creator will still see this message it just will not be displayed publicly.)

Locate your message on the creator's feed, click on the three dots to "Make Message Private". 



Note: If you chose the "Private Message" option when supporting the creator, it is not possible to make that message public. 


Your Email Address

Every donation requires an email address so we can complete the transaction, send you your confirmation email, and unlock any supporter-only content. Be aware that the creator you are donating to will be able to view this email address, but it will not be publicly displayed on their feed.



How Ko-fi Works With Payment Processors

Creators link to PayPal and Stripe to accept payments directly from Ko-fi supporters. This means creators get paid instantly and directly with no fees from Ko-fi for donations!

PayPal and Stripe share information between the two parties in the transaction in their dashboard (usually name and email address). We do recommend switching to a PayPal business account if you would like more control over the name shown on transactions in PayPal.


Learn more about how Ko-fi processes personal data in our privacy policy and terms.

If you have any questions about how Ko-fi payments work, just send us a message and we are happy to help.