Trending on GoFundMe: People Who Go Beyond Giving
This is the latest edition of Trending on GoFundMe, a weekly round-up of what’s new on the world’s largest social fundraising platform. If anything catches your eye, please don’t hesitate to contact us for additional information or interviews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This new partnership empowers ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference by starting a GoFundMe for a charity—with more than one million charitable organizations so far to choose from.
What’s more, as part of GoFundMe’s #GoBeyondGiving Challenge, any campaign started on behalf of a charity before December 9 will have the chance to win a $10,000 donation—all you have to do is add the hashtag #GoBeyondGiving and have at least 10 unique donors. More details here.
Last year, Arizona teacher David Levesque was able to bring Christmas magic to 20 boys and 20 girls living in group homes. This year, he’s hoping to help even more children, and he’s started a GoFundMe to cover the costs. To these kids, David has become “The Christmas Dude,” and he wants to keep up this beautiful tradition.
8th grade student Dasha Meriweather wants to give her Star Wars superfan dad the best Christmas present ever, so she started a GoFundMe to raise money to buy him opening day tickets to see “Rogue One” and to go on a daddy-daughter date. Dasha says of her father: “I just want to show him I appreciate him and see him smile.”
In what’s now their second campaign to raise money for shoes for disadvantaged kids abroad, the Sole Bros—three 9th graders named Spencer Boyd II, Curtis Harrison IV, and Kellen Newman—have started a GoFundMe to help buy athletic shoes for homeless children in Ghana. These teens have pledged to donate 700 pairs of quality sneakers, and they’re looking for community support.
While visiting his assisted living community, Julie came to befriend Bruce Dellimore, an 84-year-old jazz musician and native of the British Virgin Islands. When Bruce was facing an eviction even as he’s fighting cancer, Julie started this GoFundMe to help him stay in his home and continue getting the medical care he needs.
The Bronx, NY
The Pop-Up Care Shop is an interactive charity drive project founded by Kadia Blagrove and Kydee Williams, two NYC writers who are dedicated to the empowerment of women and compassion for humanity. Partnering with different non-profit organizations, they collect donated goods and “set-up shop” to create a fun shopping experience for those truly in need. Items are nicely displayed in retail-fashion and shoppers get to thoughtfully pick out what they want.
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.