GoFundMe Wisconsin: Wisconsinites Create Nearly 30,000 GoFundMe Campaigns, Raise $30.5 Million

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., September 7, 2016 – GoFundMe, the world’s largest fundraising platform, today released new data highlighting the giving community in Wisconsin. Since 2010, Wisconsinites have started nearly 30,000 GoFundMe campaigns, raising $30.5 million from 470,000 total donations.

The residents in Madison and the Janesville-Beloit area have created 5,300 GoFundMe campaigns, raising $3.5 million from over 57,000 donations.

“Whether it’s a child battling cancer, a teacher who needs school supplies, or helping a community 1,000 miles away, people from Wisconsin continue to step up to help. Hundreds of thousands of folks have donated to thousands of GoFundMe campaigns to generously support their friends, family, and community during a time of need,” said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon.

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Wisconsin GoFundMe Giving Fast Facts

  • In total, campaigns located in Madison and the Janesville-Beloit have raised a total of $3.5 million.
  • This region has created over 5,300 GoFundMe campaigns.
  • The average donation in this area is $61.
  • In 2016, nearly 2,000 GoFundMe campaigns have raised over $1.5 million from nearly 23,000 donations in this region.
  • In 2015, over 2,400 GoFundMe campaigns raised $1.46 million from over 24,000 donations in this area.  

Sun Prairie Dream Park

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Rebecca Ketelsen started a GoFundMe campaign after the Sun Prairie Dream Park was vandalized in April. Finished in 2007, the park was built by hundreds of volunteers and does not receive funding from the city of Sun Prairie. After the vandalism, Ketelsen started fundraising for repairs, to purchase cameras to prevent future vandalism, and to build a shelter. In less than a month the campaign raised nearly $10,000, well over the $7,500 goal.

In an update to her campaign, Ketelsen wrote, “All of the repairs have been made and seven cameras have been installed… Time lock doors have been added to the bathrooms and a splash of color on our race cars, fire truck and more! The remaining money has been put into a savings account as we begin to plan to build the shelter. None of this would be possible without all of you! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!”

Louisiana Flood Recovery

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Recently, employees from Wisconsin based Johnson Controls (JCI) raised money for 25 JCI families that live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to help them recover from the devastating floods. As of today, this Wisconsin-based GoFundMe campaign has raised over $57,000, and JCI has agreed to match funding dollar for dollar.

Nationwide, 6,400 GoFundMe campaigns were started to support flood victims. These campaigns raised more than $10 million.

Mother Fool's Coffeehouse

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Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse raised money after a car crash damaged part of its interior. Owner Stephanie Rearick started a GoFundMe campaign to help rebuild and support her staff while it is closed. In nine days, over 400 people raised $15,000 to help reopen the coffeehouse.

About GoFundMe

Launched 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.

Contact: Bart Jackson | bjackson@gofundme.com | 415.517.2364