What Does FBO Mean on a Bank Account?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 6:39:26 AM ET

On bank accounts, the abbreviation FBO stands for “for benefit of.” When this phrase is used, it means that funds received by a party are intended to go toward another party. When FBO is used, clear instructions are given as to who should receive the funds.

An FBO is when a wire transfer ends up in a bank account and that money is not going to stay in that bank account because it will be moved to another account.

An FBO can be a special bank account set up where donations are made for someone, such as a child with a terminal illness or family with a crisis.