GoFundMe Teams Up with Michelle Obama & Obama Foundation for Girls Education

Global crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced on Thursday it has partnered with former First Lady Michelle Obama to seek funding for the newly launched Global Girls Alliance, a new Obama Foundation program that seeks to empower adolescent girls around the world through education. According to GoFundMe, The Global Girls Alliance is seeking to empower adolescent girls through education by:

  • Inspiring, empowering, and connecting grassroots leaders
  • Driving specific commitments through GoFundMe
  • Inspiring and challenging young people in the developed world to join this Global Girls Alliance

Speaking about the new program, Mrs. Obama stated:

“We want to lift up the grassroots leaders in communities all over the world who are clearing away the hurdles that too many girls face. Because the evidence is clear: educating girls isn’t just good for the girls, it’s good for all of us.”

Obama Foundation CEO, David Simas. also commented:

“Through Mrs. Obama’s passion for this issue, our aim is to drive global attention, awareness, and action—and generate commitments to help empower adolescent girls around the world, so that they can, in turn, support their families, communities, and countries.”

The first GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign has been launched and is currently seeking $250,000 and so far it has secured more than $100,000 from nearly 750 supporters. Its description reads:

“Right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls worldwide are not in school. That’s why the Global Girls Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation, is teaming up with GoFundMe to encourage people around the world to take action by helping to break down the barriers that keep girls from fulfilling their potential.

“When we invest in girls’ education, it doesn’t just benefit them—it benefits all of us. An educated girl can lift up her family, her community, and her country. When girls get the opportunities they deserve, amazing things start to happen. Poverty goes down, economies grow, families get stronger, babies are born healthier, and the world, by all accounts, gets better.”

GoFundMe Debuts Team Fundraising Feature

On Wednesday, global crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced its GoFundMe Team Fundraising, which is described as a new product providing groups of any size with the ability to collaborate and fundraise together for a personal or charitable cause. According to GoFundme, this new product brings the funding platform to new markets that have relied exclusively on traditional offline fundraising methods and provides new tools to harness the power of social fundraising.

While sharing details about GoFundMe Team Fundraising, Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe, stated:

“Before, when a sports team, school club, professional organization or other group was looking to raise money together, the options were limited and could take a lot of time and resources in order to execute successfully. With GoFundMe Team Fundraising, we’re introducing an easy social fundraising solution to maximise reach and success for groups. These new tools will also give our existing community another way to fundraise. Our goal is to make fundraising faster, easier and more efficient for anyone looking to raise money, whether an individual, nonprofit or team.”

GoFundMe also explained that prior to launching GoFundMe Team Fundraising it gave select consumers the opportunity to try out the new product. The portal reported:

“Already, team campaigns have been set up by existing groups of all sizes, including sports teams and school groups traveling to national competitions; colleagues rallying around a cause they’re passionate about; and local communities starting a movement, to name a few. In addition to reaching new markets, individuals and existing campaign organisers can start or convert to a Team GoFundMe, invite people to join their cause and access the new team fundraising tools. People within the GoFundMe community have created new teams with families and friends, rallying together to help loved ones across medical, memorial and emergency categories.”

GoFundMe Team Fundraising features include the following:

  • Invite teams of all sizes: Campaign Organisers can invite existing team members (sports teams, clubs, organizations, etc.) or create a new team (family, friends, colleagues, etc.) to collaborate on fundraising efforts, no matter the size—whether 5, 50, or 500.
  • Manage team: Organizers have access to a dashboard where they can create a team name, streamline communication and monitor donations.
  • Motivate with live leaderboard: Incentivise the fundraising effort by turning on the live leader board. Encourage friendly competition by showing amount raised by each team member, and challenge team members to see who can raise the most.
  • Share responsibility: Each team member will have their name and photo on the campaign and may post updates and thank donors directly through the campaign page. Members will also have a unique URL to activate each of their networks to receive recognition for the donations they bring in.

GoFundMe then added:

“GoFundMe is proud to be the leader in trust, support and innovation in fundraising. With this latest product, GoFundMe is continuing to offer the best for its users and bring learnings and tools to new markets while providing the best experience, support and product for all customers.”

GoFundMe Just Acquired Biggest Competitor in YouCaring Acquisition

“The world’s largest social fundraising platform” is about to get even larger, GoFundMe has just acquired rival YouCaring. The acquisition was announced late Tuesday in a pair of blog posts on the respective platforms.

“It became clear to both us and them over the last few months that we can have a much bigger impact on the world by uniting as a single crowdfunding solution for people in need. Transitioning our experience into theirs, and providing campaign organizers with access to their 50M+ donors, will better serve our users over time,” wrote YouCaring CEO Dan Saper.

It was a little over a year ago GoFundMe acquired CrowdRise, establishing itself as a major player in the non-profit space. A few months later, GoFundMe announced it would ditch its 5% fee applied to each donation for campaigns based in the United States and instead switch to an optional tip-based model. YouCaring has never charged a platform fee.

Most notable in the acquisition — beyond the sheer size of GoFundMe’s 50 million user donor pool — is the relationship between YouCaring and Indiegogo’s Generosity.com. YouCaring acquired Generosity.com earlier this year. As part of the deal, Indiegogo would steer those interested in starting charitable campaigns on its platform to YouCaring, while YouCaring would direct those with campaigns not focused on charitable or non-profit causes to Indiegogo. It is unclear how the GoFundMe acquisition affects this relationship at this time.

Since its founding in 2011, YouCaring says it has raised $1 billion from 10 million donors. Contrast this with GoFundMe, which has raised $5 billion from 50 million donors. Obviously adding YouCaring to its portfolio makes the company not only the world’s largest social fundraising platform but the largest by a massive margin. 

“GoFundMe and YouCaring share a common mission of making it easier than ever for people to get the support they need. With this acquisition, we strengthen our position as the place where more people can unite to make an impact far greater than they can on their own,” said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon in a statement. 

The deal was signed April 2, 2018. New campaigns created on YouCaring will be automatically directed to GoFundMe, while existing YouCaring campaigns can continue to collect donations on that platform but have the opportunity to migrate to GoFundMe.


 

Adrienne Gonzalez is a freelance journalist and founder of GoFraudMe.com, the world’s only resource dedicated to investigating, reporting on, and curating cases of personal crowdfunding fraud. She is former Managing Editor of an accounting tabloid, and prior to that reported on the global financial crisis as it happened. Her spirit animal is her cat, Cash Money.

 

 

 

 

 


 

GoFundMe Acquires YouCaring to Increase its Global Impact through Crowdfunding

GoFundMe, the social fundraising platform, has acquired the personal fundraising site YouCaring, furthering the company’s mission to help people turn compassion into action. During this transition, current YouCaring fundraisers can continue to collect donations and will have the opportunity to migrate to the GoFundMe platform. New fundraisers will launch on GoFundMe. The two companies are working together closely to ensure continuity of support to their respective user communities.

“We have entered into an agreement to be acquired by GoFundMe. It became clear to both us and them over the last few months that we can have a much bigger impact on the world by uniting as a single crowdfunding solution for people in need,” blogged ourCaring CEO Dan Saper. “Transitioning our experience into theirs, and providing campaign organizers with access to their 50M+ donors, will better serve our users over time.”

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey served as exclusive financial advisor to YouCaring. YouCaring’s community will now have access to GoFundMe’s customer support, trust and safety teams, and donor protection backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee.

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“GoFundMe and YouCaring share a common mission of making it easier than ever for people to get the support they need. With this acquisition, we strengthen our position as the place where more people can unite to make an impact far greater than they can on their own,” stated GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon. “We’re excited to welcome the YouCaring community to GoFundMe’s global community of more than 50 million people and empower more changemakers to help make a difference in each other’s lives.”

The announcement comes after a year of continued growth and major milestones for GoFundMe, including the company’s entrance into the nonprofit fundraising space with the acquisition and launch of Crowdrise by GoFundMe, international expansion to 19 countries, and the recent move to a free platform for organizers. With the acquisition of YouCaring, GoFundMe aims to continue  its mission to empower more people to make a difference through efficient and effective crowdfunding.

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“Since 2011, YouCaring has helped hundreds of thousands of people raise over $1 billion to face hardship,” said Saper. “We are excited for the communities of YouCaring and GoFundMe to join and make a larger impact as one collective giving community…Running YouCaring has been the highlight of my career. I joined in 2014 as one of just three people, and we have grown it to 50 strong. Along the way, we have been able to raise over $1 billion from over 10M donors for people facing hardship — to cover medical expenses, volunteer projects, adoption fees and more. We are home to the largest crowdfunding campaign in history, JJ Watt’s ‘Houston Flood Relief Fund,’ which raised over $37M from over 200,000 people around the world. And we’ve been able to grow by relying exclusively on voluntary contributions from our donors.”

Launched in 2010, GoFundMe claims itself as the world’s largest free social fundraising platform, with over $5 billion raised to date from a community of more than 50 million donors.

Update: McCabe to Close Legal Defense Campaign on GoFundMe Later This Evening

Just days after supporters of Andrew McCabe launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe for his legal defense fund, the former FBI deputy director announced the initiative will close at 7 p.m. this evening. As previously reported, the fundraiser raised more than $400,000 less than 24 hours after its launch and is now nearly $550,000 thanks to more than 13,000 supporters. Its description reads:

“Andrew McCabe’s FBI career was long, distinguished, and unblemished.  He embraced the most daunting, difficult, and important challenges that the FBI and the country could assign to him over the past 21 years.  He served the United States with courage and distinction in the days following the President’s summary dismissal of former Director James Comey, in one of the most tumultuous periods in the Bureau’s history. His reward for that has been a termination that was completely unjustified, amidst repeated ad hominem attacks by the President of the United States.”

According to the Washington Post, McCabe revealed in a statement that he “never imagined that I would need to rely on this type of assistance,” and the support “has been simply overwhelming and has led to contributions that have left us stunned and extraordinarily grateful.” He also stated:

“Hopefully our efforts, fueled by this incredible support, will encourage others to stand up for themselves, and the truth, as well,” he said. “It is not lost on me that each contribution reflects not just someone’s well wishes, but also their acknowledgment that something in this situation is not fair or just.”

All funds will be used for McCabe’s legal defense. His legal team is notably being led by former Department of Justice Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich at Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP.

Supporters of Former FBI Deputy Andrew McCabe Raise More Than $400,000 on GoFundMe For Legal Defense Fund

Following his infamous firing earlier this month, supporters of former FBI deputy, Andrew McCabe, have rallied to support him through a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe. The fundraiser, which was labeled the Andrew McCabe Legal Defense Fund, raised more than $400,000 less than 24 hours after its launch. Its description reads:

“Andrew McCabe’s FBI career was long, distinguished, and unblemished.  He embraced the most daunting, difficult, and important challenges that the FBI and the country could assign to him over the past 21 years.  He served the United States with courage and distinction in the days following the President’s summary dismissal of former Director James Comey, in one of the most tumultuous periods in the Bureau’s history. His reward for that has been a termination that was completely unjustified, amidst repeated ad hominem attacks by the President of the United States.”

The campaign organizers also revealed that the need for a legal defense fund is a growing reality.  Media reports indicate that at a minimum, there are a number of congressional inquiries that McCabe will be required to respond to, as well as the broader Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigation that is ongoing, and any potential lawsuits he might consider. It was noted:

“McCabe and his team are working to gain clarity around the lasting impact his firing – 26 hours before his planned retirement – will have on the pension and healthcare benefits he earned over his two decades of service to the FBI.  However, no funds raised for the Andrew McCabe Legal Defense Fund will be used for anything beyond his defense of the allegations against him.  He will continue to fight for the pension and benefits he deserves, rather than accept any crowdfunding for that purpose.  Following the conclusion of any related legal proceedings, any funds that remain in the Legal Defense Fund will be donated to charitable organizations of the McCabes’ choosing.”

McCabe’s legal team is notably being led by former Department of Justice Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich at Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP.

Billionaire Isaac Larian Launches GoFundMe Campaign to Save Toys “R” Us

Following the news that Toys “R” Us and its sister company Babies “R” Us was officially closing their doors, CEO of MGA Entertainment, Isaac Larian, has spearheaded a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise $1 billion to help save the toy retailing giant.

The funds collected through this campaign would be used in the formulation of a bid to acquire some Toys“R” Us assets through the bankruptcy process. The campaign specifically states that this is not a charitable donation, and certain donor disclosures apply. It was also reported:

“Be advised that this is not a donation to a charitable cause, and there is no tax deduction available. It is a donation to a potential commercial venture. The funds raised would be added to other capital being gathered by the potential purchasers of some or all of Toys“R”Us.  A donation to this campaign doesn’t qualify you to claim equity in any potential acquisition; it simply means you want future generations to be Toys“R”Us kids. Therefore, before donating, please note that there is no guarantee that the offer to purchase Toys“R”Us described above will be made or accepted. You are donating “at your own risk.” If your donation is not used to achieve the purchase of Toys“R”Us in some form, it will be returned to you.”

Those who contribute to the initiative will receive the following rewards:

  • $5-$49 pledge: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker
  • $50-$99 pledge: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker AND #SaveToysRUs Special Edition Num NomsTM 1
  • $100-$499 pledge: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, AND #SaveToysRUs Special Edition L.O.L. Surprise! TM 1
  • $500-$999 pledge:  #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, magnet, AND customized #SaveToysRUs Special Edition Little Tikes® Cozy Coupe®.1
  • $1,000-$4,999 pledge: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, magnet, “I’ll ALWAYS be a Toys“R”Us Kid” t-shirt AND Little Tikes® Build-a-HouseTM. 1
  • $5,000-$9,999 pledge: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, magnet, “I’ll ALWAYS be a Toys“R”Us Kid” t-shirt, AND Little Tikes® Super Slam ‘n DunkTM. 1
  • $10,000-$24,999 pledge: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, magnet, “I’ll ALWAYS be a Toys“R”Us Kid” t-shirt, invite to a local Toys“R”Us reopening block party AND a Little Tikes® backyard makeover. 1, 2
  • $25,000-$49,999 pledge: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, magnet, “I’ll ALWAYS be a Toys“R”Us Kid” t-shirt, invite to a local Toys“R”Us reopening block party AND a tour of the Ohio Little Tikes® factory – the oldest toy factory currently operating in the U.S. – including travel and accommodations. 1,2
  • $50,000-$74,999: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, magnet, “I’ll ALWAYS be a Toys“R”Us Kid” t-shirt, AND a personal block party for your friends and family including Little Tikes® products, food and all associated items. 1
  • $75,000-$249,999: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, magnet, “I’ll ALWAYS be a Toys“R”Us Kid” t-shirt, invite to a local Toys“R”Us reopening block party AND attendance at a special taping of “Unboxed!” series including travel and accommodations. 1, 2
  • $250,000-$999,999: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, magnet, “I’ll ALWAYS be a Toys“R”Us Kid” t-shirt, invite to a local Toys“R”Us reopening block party AND toys for 5 years from Toys”R”Us. 1, 2
  • $1,000,000-$9,999,999: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, magnet, “I’ll ALWAYS be a Toys“R”Us Kid” t-shirt, invite to a local Toys“R”Us reopening block party, AND a signed thank you letter from Isaac Larian, CEO of MGA Entertainment, and “I helped save Toys“R”Us” hero plaque at a Toys“R”Us location of your choosing. 1, 2
  • $10,000,000+: #SaveToysRUs bumper sticker, pin, magnet, “I’ll ALWAYS be a Toys“R”Us Kid” t-shirt, invite to a local Toys“R”Us reopening block party, a signed thank you letter from Isaac Larian, CEO of MGA Entertainment, AND Kid CEO for the Day experience including a trip to a southern California theme park, travel and accommodations, and Toys“R”Us store dedication naming rights for location of your choosing and toys for life from Toys“R”Us. 1, 2

The deadline for reaching the $1 billion funding goal is May 28th (Memorial Day). Since its launch, the campaign has secured more than $200 million from nearly 1,400 donors. 

GoFundMe Announces “CrowdRise by GoFundMe” Social Fundraising Solution for Nonprofits

Just one year after announcing its CrowdRise acquisition, crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced CrowdRise by GoFundMe, which is described as a new product that builds on the strengths of these two platforms to offer the best overall fundraising solution for nonprofits. According to GoFundMe,  CrowdRise by GoFundMe is a self-serve product that brings together world-class features, making it faster, easier, and more efficient for nonprofits to fundraise. Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe, stated:

“CrowdRise by GoFundMe is designed to help nonprofits succeed, and it’s an important milestone as we continue to build the giving layer of the internet. The depth of experience CrowdRise has built over the years, from working with over 10,000 charities to powering major events such as the Boston Marathon® and Newman’s Own Foundation Holiday Challenge, is now amplified by GoFundMe’s social fundraising expertise.”

GoFundMe noted it has optimized the platform to maximize fundraising success for charities. CrowdRise by GoFundMe features:

  • A new redesigned look and feel: with new tools and resources to make it faster, easier and more efficient for nonprofits to fundraise.
  • Built-in social amplification: Features and campaign pages are optimized for social fundraising to boost shares and mobile conversion.
  • Self-service: An all-new organizer experience with more customization and campaign configuration that anyone can manage with just a few clicks.
  • Event management: Fully integrated registration, ticketing, team and multi-team management all in one place.
  • Data and reporting: A new advanced report center with the data and security you need at your fingertips, including scheduled and saved reports designed to save nonprofits time.

GoFundMe added that CrowdRise by GoFundMe allows nonprofits to harness GoFundMe’s social fundraising expertise with enterprise-level features for branding, security, events, and reporting. With this launch, the crowdfunding platform reaches all layers of the giving space by providing the best fundraising experience to both individuals and nonprofits.

#NeverAgain: GoFundMe Campaign Supporting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Community Nears $2M

Donations continue to increase on the Broward Education Foundation GoFundMe campaign to support the victims of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School located in Parkland, Florida. In a week since the 19 year-old gunman opened fire with an AR-15-style assault rifle, over 29,265 people have rallied and pledged over $1,964,160 of the $2.2M goal to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families. GoFundMe has waived its platform fees on this campaign; as a result 100% of the funds collected after payment processing charges will go directly to the victims and families.

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“A huge thank you to each and every one of the almost 26,000 donors to this GoFundMe, donors from over 60 countries. We’re deeply grateful for all donations from $5 all the way to $100,000. Each one matters as we gather in solidarity,” posted the Foundation on 21 February. “We’re seeing people get involved in different ways too. For example, children are selling lemonade and donating the money they raise, and people are raising funds together in small groups to make a donation on behalf of their gym or workplace. These efforts are very meaningful and are very much appreciated…  together we can make the biggest impact possible for the Stoneman Douglas community.”

As previously reported, Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi reportedly stated that the state government will pay for the victims’ funerals. Therefore, the funds from the GoFundMe will go directly to the families.

The students, and student supports across the US, are lobbying and marching for new gun laws #NeverAgain #StudentsStandUp:

“I don’t understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war, an A-R [AR-15 rifle],” pondered Samuel Zeif, 18, according to the New York Times. “How is it that easy to buy this type of weapon? How do we not stop this after Columbine, after Sandy Hook? I’m sitting with a mother who lost her son. It’s still happening.”

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The Women’s March Youth EMPOWER has called for students, teachers, and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am on 14 March 2018. In addition, on 24 March, the children and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, D.C. to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

“March For Our Lives was created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now,” according to the website. “School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.”

Update: Stoneman Douglas Victims Fund Raises Over $1.4 Million Just Days After GoFundMe Launch

Less than one week after the Broward Education Foundation, the direct support organization solely dedicated to raising funds for Broward County Public Schools, launched the GoFundMe dedicated to the victims of last week’s horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School located in Parkland, Florida, supporters of the school and victims have raised well over $1.4 million.

As previously reported, On Wednesday (Valentine’s Day), the alleged shooter, who was a former student of the high school, walked into the building and killed at least 17 and injured 14. He was eventually caught and is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder. While sharing details about the campaign, The Foundation reported:

“Together with Superintendent Robert Runcie, the School Board of Broward County, Broward County Mayor Beam Furr and Commissioners, Broward Legislative Delegation and Broward County Public Schools family, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the entire Marjory Stoneman Douglas community.”

All funds from the GoFundMe campaign will go towards providing relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting. The foundation also noted that there are no platform fees for using GoFundMe, so 100% of the funds collected after payment processing charges will go directly to the victims and families. Following the shooting, Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi reportedly stated that the state will pay for the victims’ funerals. Therefore, the funds from the GoFundMe will go directly to the families.

The Women’s March organizers are also planning a national student walkout and a march in Washington D.C. to protest gun violence in the country. group’s statement reads:

“Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school. Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.”

The march/protest is set to happen on March 14th, one month after the school’s shooting.

Supporters of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Victims Give $500,000 in Less Than 24 hours through Broward Education Foundation’s GoFundMe Campaign

Following the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School located in Parkland, Florida, Broward Education Foundation, the direct support organization solely dedicated to raising funds for Broward County Public Schools, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise $600,000 for the victims of the incident.

On Wednesday (Valentine’s Day), the alleged shooter, who was a former student of the high school, walked into the building and killed at least 17 and injured 14. He was eventually caught and is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder.

While sharing details about the campaign, The Foundation reported:

“Together with Superintendent Robert Runcie, the School Board of Broward County, Broward County Mayor Beam Furr and Commissioners, Broward Legislative Delegation and Broward County Public Schools family, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the entire Marjory Stoneman Douglas community.”

All funds from the GoFundMe campaign will go towards providing relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting. The foundation also noted that there are no platform fees for using GoFundMe, so 100% of the funds collected after payment processing charges will go directly to the victims and families.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi reportedly stated that the state will pay for the victims’ funerals. Therefore, the funds from the GoFundMe will go directly to the families.

Since its launch earlier today, the campaign has raised more than $500,000 from over 9,100 supporters.

CrowdRise & GoFundMe Announce More Than $400,000 Was Raised on Both Platforms for the Women’s March 2018

Just a few days before the second annual Women’s March on Washington and Women’s Marches took place around the globe, GoFundMe and CrowdRise announced that more than $400,000 was raised on their crowdfunding platforms for the historical cause. The funding portal revealed:

“This week marks the one-year anniversary of the historic Women’s March on Washington and Women’s Marches across the globe that had over 5 million participants last year. This year, the movement continues with anniversary events all over the country and around the world, and a national gathering in Las Vegas, NV that will kick off a nationwide voter registration tour. Across the CrowdRise and GoFundMe platforms, there has been over $400,000 raised for Women’s March initiatives, this year’s anniversary events, and the launch of the voter registration tour, Power to the Polls. Donations have come from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.”

The Women’s March took place last year the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The event’s key focuses to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, and workers’ rights.

In Solidarity: Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund Quickly Nears $16.5M GoFundMe Goal

“The sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault that has been reported and come to light over the last two months have been equal parts terrifying and illuminating. We stand with all those who have endured sexual harassment: those who have come forward and those who have decided to remain quiet. It’s time for change, and we must act now,” according to the 300 women in the film, theater and television industries who launched a GoFundMe campaign led by Tina Tchen and Roberta Kaplan for TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund.

TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund will provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers. The Fund will ultimately be housed at and administrated by the National Women’s Law Center, an established, national women’s rights legal organization. A network of lawyers and public relations professionals across the country will work with the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity to provide assistance to those ready to stand up. Access to prompt and comprehensive legal and communications help will mean empowerment for these individuals and long term growth for our culture and communities as a whole.

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To date, the campaign has raised over $16,403,780 from more than 16,788 backers in 21 days toward its $16.5M goal. Overfunding is imminent. Tax-deductible donations made to our GoFundMe campaign, working in partnership with The Direct Impact Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will help launch the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund which was initiated last October in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct.

“Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential,” explained the fund. “We partner with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and corporate policies; help change the face of corporate boardrooms and the C-suite; and enable more women and men to access our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable.”

Current partners in the movement include BetterBrave, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Equal Rights Advocates, Lean In, National Domestic Violence Hotline, RAINN, Women in Film Helpline, Futures Without Violence, 50/50 By 2020.

According to TIME’S UP, the initiative includes:

  • A legal defense fund, backed by donations, to help less privileged women — including janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the repercussions of fallout from reporting sexual misconduct.
  • Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.

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Members and supporters, including Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Ashley Judd, Tracee Ellis Ross, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Donna Langley, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon wore black at the recent Golden Globe awards.  According to the New York Times, major donors include major donors include Witherspoon, Rhimes, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, and the talent agencies ICM Partners, the Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency.

“We have been siloed off from each other,” Witherspoon told the New York Times. “We’re finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn’t feel seen, to be finally heard.”

Female Democrats are expected to wear black to Trump’s State of the Union later this month in solidarity with TIME’S UP to protest sexual harassment.

Former President Obama Staffer Launches GoFundMe Campaign For Moore Accuser Whose House Burned Down

Following the devastating fire that destroyed the house of Roy Moore accuser, Tina Johnson, former President Obama staff member Katie Jacobs Stanton has launched a GoFundMe campaign seeking funds to help Johnson rebuild her home. Johnson was among the three women who accused Moore of sexual assault when they were aged 14, 16, and 28. The campaign’s description reads:

“I don’t know Tina Johnson. But I believe her. Tina Johnson shared a story about being sexually harassed by Roy Moore. It has always been dangerous and risky for women (and men) to speak out against sexual harassment. Today, this danger reached a disturbing level. Tina’s home burned down and she lost everything. An arson investigation is currently underway.”

Stanton noted that the situation is very upsetting and commented:

“I haven’t set up a GoFundMe but inspired to do so today. If anyone knows how to reach Ms. Johnson to let her know help is on the way, let me know.”

Stanton explained that 100% of the campaign’s funds will be used to help Johnson rebuild her home. She added:

“Money won’t erase what happened, but I truly hope it will help. GoFundMe will keep funds raised safe in their system until we work with Tina on withdrawing them.”

Stanton also revealed in the latest update that she and Johnson are currently in touch. Since its launch earlier today, the campaign has successfully secured its initial $40,000 funding target from more than 1300 supporters. Stanton added that the campaign will remain open and she will increase the goal a few more times.

GoFundMe Publishes Third Annual “Year in Giving” Report

On Thursday, GoFundMe released its third annual “Year in Giving” report, which reveals new data, top campaigns, and inspirational stories from its global crowdfunding platform.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Top 10 highest raising campaigns from 2017
  • Overall giving trends from 2017
  • State-by-state giving data
  • Some of the most inspiring human interest stories of 2017
  • Global giving trends

GoFundMe noted that since its launch in 2010 it has raised more than $5 billion for various causes and projects from over 50 million donors. See the full report below. 

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GoFundMe Announces 0% Platform Fee For Personal Campaigns in the U.S. During the Holiday Season

GoFundMe announced this week it is introducing a 0% platform fee, starting with new personal fundraising campaigns based in the U.S. during the holiday season. The funding portal stated that it will do what works best for its giving community to provide the best experience, support, and product.

Speaking about the holiday perk, Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO, stated: 

“The holidays are a time for giving and generosity. GoFundMe is always looking for ways to make fundraising easier, faster, and more successful, and this time of year made perfect sense for introducing this pricing structure. From the beginning, our giving community has been incredibly generous. With this 0% platform fee, we will rely on voluntary tips from our donors to help with the costs associated with providing our best-in-class customer service, trust & safety protections, and social fundraising technology.”

Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $5 billion raised so far and has a community of more than 50 million donors.

GoFundMe added that for now, all charity and international campaigns on its crowdfunding platform will retain their current pricing structure.

GoFundMe Donates $100,000 to Kid Heroes on Giving Tuesday

GoFundMe announced on Wednesday it celebrated this year’s Giving Tuesday by donating $100,000 to the GoFundMe Kids Heroes Fund. According to the crowdfunding platform, through the company’s Gives Back program, GoFundMe employees are able to nominate a campaign that touches their heart each month. The employees are using Gives Back to celebrate Kid Heroes by surprising 100 campaigns with $1,000 each.

The GoFundMe Kid Heroes program, part of a larger holiday initiative, celebrates ‘kid heroes’ who are making a difference in their communities and turning compassion into action. The GoFundMe Kid Heroes program showcases these kids and their families in a central hub where people can read inspiring stories, support amazing causes, and watch films of some of the young heroes. In addition, the hub features a Parents’ Guide with advice, ideas, and tips for parents to help their kids turn compassion into action.”

GoFundMe also noted that in addition to being able to support to individual Kid Hero campaigns, people will also have the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation towards campaigns for numerous Kid Heroes by making a contribution to the Direct Impact Fund. Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe, added:

“In a year of a lot of tough news, we can get inspiration from the children and their families who are leading the way and working to make the world a better place. We hope these stories and resources bring families and communities together for positive change.”

First Ever Nigerian Bobsled Team Raises $75,000 Through GoFundMe to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics

Nigeria officially has its first bobsled team, all thanks to the team’s crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe. The team, which consists of female athletes Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga, launched the initiative in January, seeking $75,000 so that they could get the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Adigun revealed on the GoFundMe page more details about the team’s development:

Since I was a child, my passion for sports has truly been unmatched. I was convinced I would be the first woman in the NBA, but eventually softened those ambitions to focus on a more natural talent – sprinting. I competed in track & field for University of Houston, and went on to become a three-time 100m hurdle Nigerian National Champion and 2012 Olympian for the country. To this day, I don’t know why I did not make the announcement of my retirement from track in 2012, but in 2015 the professional athlete in me was revived. By 2016, I was inspired to start the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled team in hopes of being the first ever African representative, men or women, to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games in the sport of Bobsled. 

“Starting the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled team was not an easy decision, but I know it will be one of the most impactful things I will ever initiate. The fate of Nigeria’s eligibility to be represented in the 2018 Winter Olympics rests exclusively on my ability to qualify as a competent driver. I decided to accept this responsibility and recruited two wonderful young women, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, as my brakemen.”

Funds from the GoFundMe campaign will be used for the following:

  • A bobsled for practice and competition
  • Sled Runners (blades on the base)
  • Tools for the sled
  • Ice time (for learning how to drive)
  • Cost of shipping the sled to different tracks
  • Transportation, lodging, travel expenses for the team
  • Winter gear (shoes, jackets, spikes, travel bags, etc) for the team
  • Team Competition gear (helmets, uniforms, practice gear, etc)
  • Athlete insurance for the team
  • Misc. (registration and membership fees)

Adigun then added:

Although I am spearheading the team, this movement has grown to be far larger than me or any one person. The success of this bobsled team will positively affect millions of people all over the world and will represent monumental international advancements in social, athletic, and economic statuses. Together, we can demonstrate that nothing is impossible with a little faith, support and willingness to persevere.”  

Donors Raise More Than $1 Million For Texas Church Shooting Victims on GoFundMe

Just days after the tragic shooting at the Sutherland Springs’ First Baptist Church, more than 16,000 supporters of the victims have flocked to GoFundMe and has raised over $1 million in funding through more than a dozen crowdfunding campaigns.

On Sunday, alleged gunman, 26-year-old Devin Kelley, opened fire the small town’s church, which was located about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio. At least 26 people were killed in the incident and Kelley was later found dead in his vehicle after a car chase. Authorities confirmed that 20 other parishioners were wounded, including 10 critically. There has yet to be a confirmed motive for the event, but Kelley had a past with domestic violence, mental instability, and animal cruelty.

According to ABC News, Wilson County District Attorney Audrey Louis announced the Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund has approved distributing $6,500 for each victim to help with funeral expenses. Louis also noted:

“In addition to that, there is a company that has come forward that has agreed to donate all their caskets to all of the victims. We are grateful for that person and their service to our community.”

Although the church’s website has a PayPal link for donations, the link has been unstable due to high traffic. The church has cautioned supporters on making donations through the global crowdfunding platform:

“We’re in the process of setting up the official GoFundMe account, and will be listing the campaigns we can verify sending funds to the families.”

GoFundMe Teams Up With Thurgood Marshall College Fund To Help HBCU Students Pay For College

On Tuesday, global crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced it has formed a partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), which is considered the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. The funding portal and TMCF are notably teaming up to raise money in support of students at the nation’s 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

While sharing details about the new partnership, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., TMCF President and CEO, stated:

“No American should be prevented from enrolling in and graduating from college because of money. Sadly, that is a reality for many HBCU students. This innovative partnership with GoFundMe makes ordinary people extraordinary philanthropists, through their online giving platform now used to support deserving HBCU students pay for their college education.”

Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO, also commented:

“We are proud to partner with Thurgood Marshall College Fund and help HBCU students pay for college. Thousands of students have turned to GoFundMe to help pay for college, and with college tuition on the rise, it’s more important than ever to help support students pursuing their higher education. This new partnership will make it simpler and easier for HBCU students to get the financial support they need to thrive at college.”

As part of the collaboration, GoFundMe released a new TMCF fundraising hub, which will serve as a resource for students and their communities.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for GoFundMe donors to find students attending HBCUs, as well as giving students and their families the tips and tools they need for a successful campaign. GoFundMe and Thurgood Marshall College Fund launched six GoFundMe campaigns for students attending college at Howard UniversityFayetteville StateNorfolk State, and South Carolina State.”

GoFundMe added that over the past several years, students, teachers, and parents are increasingly turning to its platform to raise funds for education expenses, including college tuition. In the last two years, over $100 million has been raised on GoFundMe for education-related campaigns, making it the fastest-growing category on the platform.