Trending on GoFundMe: Hidden Figures, Special Olympics, College Kids Fundraising for Tuition, & More

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 press@gofundme.com.

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People across the U.S. are fundraising on GoFundMe to take young people to see the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. Taylor Richardson, a 13-year-old from Jacksonville, FL, worked with her mom, Toni, to start one of the first campaigns to take girls in her community to see Hidden Figures in theaters. Not only has her campaign raised over $17,000, Taylor also started the nationwide trend of starting GoFundMes for people in other communities to go to the movie. That’s why we named Taylor as February’s “GoFundMe Hero.” To learn more about her incredible story of overcoming bullying and working towards her dream of being an astronaut, click here: https://medium.com/@gofundme/meet-taylor-and-toni-f92a9bf62beb

To date, more than 70 campaigns have raised over $120,000 on GoFundMe to take young people to see Hidden Figures in theaters. To view the campaign, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/hidden-figures-campaigns

Last week, Special Olympics announced their first-ever social fundraising collaboration with GoFundMe. As part of the effort, nearly 500 GoFundMes will be created by teams, coaches, as well as by Olympians, top professional athletes, YouTube stars and other influencers to support this worthy cause. To learn more, and watch an inspiring video featuring Olympians like Simone Biles and Apolo Ohno, visit here: https://www.gofundme.com/specialolympics

Tahoe City, California

Hannah Teter writes in her GoFundMe, “Daina Shilts is a 25-year-old snowboarder. She is an incredible snowboarder, but she is so much more than that. We met 4 years ago at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea  (where she won gold) and we immediately became fast friends. She has overcome so many obstacles. Growing up, bullies made her feel her disability was way worse than it really was. She almost gave up, feeling that she shouldn’t even try because no one would ever accept her for her. Then she found a sense of freedom, an escape. She found snowboarding, and the Special Olympics found her and her whole world changed.”

GoFundMe has released a new guidebook highlighting the growing trend of college students who are turning to GoFundMe to pay for tuition and other costs associated with college. In the last three years alone, over 130,000 GoFundMes have raised $60 million from over 850,000 donations for college tuition and related expenses. View the guidebook here: https://www.scribd.com/document/339324669/GoFundMe-for-College

GoFundMe has also released a new college fundraising hub, which will serve as a resource for students and their communities. Students and donors can visit the college fundraising hub here:

Middletown, Connecticut

Kai Magee is a third-year Physics and Theater double major at Wesleyan University. After coming out his parents as trans, he was disowned and lost all financial support. In just one month, Kai was able to raise $17k to stay in college and pursue his dream of a career in physics education.

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Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social 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.

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