What is Mi Padrino®?
Mi Padrino® is the all-in-one Hispanic event planning and funding platform. Share information about your quince, wedding, baby shower or tres años, online for free. Let your padrinos and family share in your joyous moments no matter where they are in the world. Sign up and create your free event page at app.mipadrino.com/sign-up/ and once you create your event, you can add padrinos, find vendors, check off to-dos from your checklist, and more!
Check out our About Us page to learn more.
Can I raise money for a friend?
Yes absolutely! Mi Padrino® has created an easy way for your beneficiary to securely access the funds you have raised. Please note, you will not be able to enter their check or bank information during the withdrawal process, they will need to do this themselves.
Who can start an event fundraiser?
Anyone can create a free event page on Mi Padrino®! When you sign up, a bank account is required in order to receive funds through the site from your padrinos.
How do I get my money? Why do you need my bank account information, and what's WePay?
When you create an account with Mi Padrino® you will automatically receive an email from WePay. WePay is our third party processing company that will link your bank account to your Mi Padrino® account. Once you receive that email, click on the provided link and answer a couple simple questions, add your preferred method of payouts, and you will be all set to go. It’s that easy!! We will never have access to your bank account.
What types of events can I choose from?
You can create an account for any type of event. The common choices are Quinceañeras, Weddings, Baby Showers and Tres Años. If your event type is not listed, you can choose OTHER.
What does it cost to use Mi Padrino®?
It is free to create and share your online event page, but Mi Padrino® will deduct a 5% fee from each item donation that you receive. Since our fee is deducted automatically, you’ll never need to worry about being billed or owing us any money. There is also a small processing fee charged by the credit card processor that will also be deducted. Please visit our Pricing and Fees page for more info.
What makes Mi Padrino different from other crowdfunding sites?
Mi Padrino is an all in one place for you to plan traditional events like quinceañeras, bodas, tres años, y mas. We are the only free event planning and fundraising site that integrates a custom event page with a registry of items. Our platform also allows you to share it with the world and receive funds almost immediately.
I created an account and now I can't login?
Check your email because you will need to verify your email account before you login the first time. If you’re having issues with your password, simply click “forgot password” and you will get an email that has instructions on how to change it.
Is it safe to receive money through Mi Padrino?
Mi Padrino® uses the very best secure payment encryption technology, backed by Chase NA & Wepay. Not only are your padrino’s payments safe, your money is too.
Will I have to pay taxes on the money received with Mi Padrino®?
While this is no guarantee, most gifts on Mi Padrino® are simply considered to be “personal gifts” which are not taxed as income in the US. Additionally, only gifts made to a legally registered non-profit or charity may be considered eligible for donors to claim as a tax deduction. But as long as any individual padrino doesn’t give over $10,000 per one item, you should be fine.
Can someone donate from their phone or mobile device?
Yes! The mobile version of your Mi Padrino event page will load for those visiting your page from their phones. Your page still looks great and it’s very easy for padrinos to complete their donations from their mobile device.
Does my padrino get charged?
No, never. Other sites charge, but we would never do that. Padrinos are charged only the amount they choose to pay for any given item… that’s it.
What if I don't reach my goal?
This is no problem. Reaching your goal is not required. Any donations made to your account will go right into your chosen bank account, and you can use these funds as you see fit.
When do I receive my funds?
As padrinos pay for items, their money is deposited in your account through WePay. This will only take 2-3 business days.
Who can pay for an item?
Your event will be supported by the people in your life. This includes friends, family members, loved ones, coworkers, classmates and teammates. Only after your event receives the support of the people you personally know can it begin to attract the support of others. So share away. It’s like snowball rolling down a hill— slow at first, but once it starts it will get really big, really fast.
Why does Mi Padrino® charge 5%?
Mi Padrino® has major operating expenses like any popular internet service including technology, infrastructure, payroll and benefits for our dedicated team of employees. We have purposely created a business model that allows users to sign-up and launch their campaign for free. Visitors to our users’ campaigns are greeted with a frustration-free giving experience, void of advertisements and other distractions – helping our users raise even more money.
Mi Padrino® operates on only a 5% fee deducted from each donation received. Very few organizations can claim they help as many people on such a small percentage of gross payment volume.
Managing Your Account
How much information should I post on my event page?
You can post as much or as little information as you want about you and your event. You can use your page to create anticipation and hype, or choose to keep details under wraps.
How will I know if someone donates?
You’ll get an email each time an item is paid for on your Mi Padrino® event page.
What if I'm not comfortable sharing this with friends and family?
Sharing your event page with friends and family is a part of what makes Mi Padrino® work. Not only will the people in your life cover many items for your dream party, but they will also help spread the word to their friends/family as well. Even if they are not able to help out monetarily, they can spread the word for your joyous day.
Can I edit my event page after it is live?
Yes! Once an item has been paid for, however, it can not be edited.
Can guests ask questions or post on my page?
Yes! They can ask questions, post comments and updates, and messages to the host!
I’m getting close to my event and contributions have slowed, any tips?
People get busy and forget! It’s up to you remind them. Don’t stop sharing your page! Generate interest by commenting, updating and sharing your page. Check out this video for some tips on using Mi Padrino to talk to your padrinos.
Is my country supported?
Payments can be sent from any country as long as a credit or debit card is used. However, we are currently only processing event page payments from accounts in the U.S. If you live outside the U.S. you may reach out to a family member or friend in the U.S. to post an event page on your behalf – but that is completely up to you and at your risk. The recipient of any funds from Mi Padrino must have a U.S. based bank account for funds to be accepted.
What currencies can I raise money in?
We currently only offer the capability to exchange money in USD $.
Can someone in another country donate to my event?
Yes, Mi Padrino® accepts credit and debit cards from all over the world, as long as the recipient’s bank account is in the U.S.
Is Mi Padrino® offered in multiple languages?
Yes! We offer all of our website and email content in both English and Spanish. You can send your family links to their preferred version.
Mi Padrino® Shop
What is the shipping and return policy for the Mi Padrino® shop?
We offer returns within 10 days of delivery for some items sold on Mi Padrino®. Items must be unused and in the original packaging. Perishable items, gift cards, redeemed experiences, monogrammed items, and custom-ordered items are final sale and not eligible for return. All dresses purchased from Mi Padrino are custom-made and non-returnable.
If you are unsure about whether your item is eligible for return, you can check with us by emailing email@example.com. Please note that items purchased from other websites (via our affiliate or partner links) are subject to the return policy of the store from which they were purchased.
If you are returning an item, we will refund your original form of payment. Your refund will be issued once your return has been processed.
Starting a Return:
If you would like to return an order you have received, please email us with your order number, at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can provide you with a return authorization. You will be responsible for the return shipping charges. We recommend purchasing tracking information and insurance in the case that your item is lost or damaged in shipment. If we do not receive a Return Authorization, we will not be able to refund your purchase.
I clicked on an item and was brought to another site?
Certain items on the Mi Padrino® shop are sold through our partners, which means clicking through to buy something will lead you to their website shop. We only offer items from sellers we trust, but you should still exercise caution when making any purchases, as we cannot be held responsible for any issues that arise with such purchases.
I got a coupon for $50 off the shop, can that be used for anything?
The $50 off promotion only applies to certain items listed in the shop, and certain coupons are only good for orders over $100. If you have any questions about this, please email email@example.com.
I made a purchase but did not receive an order confirmation.
Make sure you check your spam folder and save firstname.lastname@example.org in your contacts so future emails do not go to spam. If you still don’t see it, please email us with your purchase information and we will look into it, and update you as quickly as possible!
Can I split my order into multiple payments?
Yes you can! We partner with Sezzle to make multiple payments possible! You can use Sezzle for any order total over $50 and under $2,500, splitting them into four 25% payments.
When choosing Sezzle as your payment option at checkout, you will be redirected to Sezzle’s secure website and will be asked to create an account to complete your order.
Sezzle will charge you 25% of your order total up front, then bill you every two weeks for the next six weeks until the full order is completed.
Sezzle doesn’t guarantee that they’ll approve larger order amounts.
How do I find a vendor in my area?
On the vendor homepage, you can type in your location and find vendors within a certain mile radius. You can search for your area using the Google Map. Local vendors are listed based on vendor type and location. If you can’t find a vendor, send us an email at email@example.com and we will help you find some!
Can I search for vendors by city?
On the vendor homepage, you can type in your location and find vendors within a certain mile radius. You can use the Google Map to find your city as well.
How do I contact a vendor if I have a complaint?
You can contact a vendor directly with the contact information they provide. If your complaint can’t be resolved fairly, feel free to leave the vendor an honest review.
How do I leave a review?
Go to the vendor’s listing and scroll down to the Leave A Review section of the page. Then leave your comment, rating, name, and email (only your name will show to the public) to leave a review.
Can I leave a review anonymously?
In order to keep this process be as honest as possible, we require a name and email in order to leave a review and comment.
How do I remove/edit a review?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with information regarding the listing and review left and we will remove/edit it for you as necessary.
I left a review but I have not seen it yet. When will my review be posted?
Reviews and comments are posted after a Mi Padrino® administrator approves them.