GoFundMe Kicks Off Back-to-School Season with $50 Donations to Education Campaigns and a $10,000 Grand Prize to Most Successful Campaign

New Education Trends and State-Level Giving Data Released

As children head back into classrooms nationwide, another back-to-school tradition begins again: Teachers reaching into their own wallets to pay for basic educational supplies. This year, though, GoFundMe is doing something to help resource-strapped educators who want the best for their students.

From August 17 to September 16, any GoFundMe campaign started for or by a K-12 teacher that raises $250 or more, from at least 5 donors, will receive a $50 donation from GoFundMe. In addition, the education campaign that raises the most money during that time will receive a $10,000 donation to the teacher’s school. Campaigns must include the #GFMtoSchool hashtag to qualify.

With 77% of teachers paying out of pocket for supplies at an average total of $500 per year, it’s no wonder that more and more educators are turning to GoFundMe for help. In the last two years alone, donations to education campaigns have tripled, with over $100 million raised. During this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week in April, over 2,000 GoFundMe campaigns were created by and for teachers – raising more than $1 million. Earlier this year, GoFundMe invited nine underfunded schools around the country to compete and raise money for Chromebooks in the classroom, with matching donations of up to $5,000 per campaign.

Visit our #GFMtoSchool hub here: https://www.gofundme.com/GFMtoSchool

Trends in GoFundMe Education Campaigns:

First-year teachers:

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Classroom supplies:

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Giving back to teachers:

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Resources for underfunded classrooms:

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Creating outdoor experiences:

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How Much Does Your State Give? Donation Data from GoFundMe:

About GoFundMeLaunched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with over $2 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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For press inquiries: Kelly Galvin, kgalvin@gofundme.com