Trending on GoFundMe: Hollywood Stars Fulfil Dying Teen’s Wish

This is the latest edition of Trending on GoFundMe, a weekly round-up of what’s new on the world’s largest fundraising platform. If anything catches your eye, please don’t hesitate to contact us for additional information or interviews at press@gofundme.com.

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This week GoFundMe announced the winner of its #GoBeyond Giving Challenge. The $10,000 donation will go to Two Rabbits, a nonprofit international preschool program founded by four Harvard graduate students that brings pre-K education to some of the world’s most underserved populations. Full release here: http://gofundme.pr.co/140779-gofundme-announces-winner-of-10-000-gobeyondgiving-challenge

GoFundMe released its second annual Year in Giving report, detailing new data, trends, and the most influential campaigns of 2016. Highlights from the report include: the top 16 largest GoFundMes in 2016; the most important fundraising moments of 2016; and the most generous and top fundraising cities and states. To view the report, visit: https://pages.gofundme.com/giving-report-2016/

Walpole, MA & West Hollywood, CA

Anthony Conti is 16-years-old and fighting an extremely aggressive stage 4 cancer. His dream is to make a Hollywood film. Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Sam Raimi, Trent Reznor and others teamed up with Anthony to write and shoot his film zombie film “Black Ghiandola.” The Make a Film Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with notable actors, writers and directors who help them create their film legacy.

Compton, CA

Elijah “E-Jayy” DeVaughn has achieved the improbable and made his hometown of Compton proud with his acceptance to Harvard University. While scholarships cover tuition and room and board, there are still many critical expenses E-Jayy needs assistance with, and folks from around the country are stepping up to help this promising young man.

Riverside, RI

Animal shelter worker Kara Montalbano recently met a disabled homeless man who was sacrificing his own comfort to take good care of his best friends: his two dogs. Touched by his dedication and the difficulty of his situation (he is the survivor of a traumatic brain injury), Kara decided to help him find shelter during the cold winter weather.

Gloucester, MA

Organized by an interfaith group of Gloucester residents, this GoFundMe has raised over $20,000 in fewer than 10 days. The funds will benefit two refugee families—one from Syria and one from Afghanistan—recently placed in the area with rent, utility bills, food, home goods, and other basic needs.

Big Lake, MN

Campaign organizer Veronica Juneau writes: “Our Elk River Walmart greeter Ray puts a smile on everyone's face! High fives, fist bumps, or a simple handshake from this man can change your day! Many say he's like the grandpa they never had. He works very hard and always has a smile on his face. He has touched many lives in our community. I set up this campaign to help raise money to give Ray a Christmas he will never forget from a community that would be lost without him.”

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