GoFundMe Announces $10,000 #GoBeyondGiving Challenge

GoFundMe to Surprise Challenge Entries with $100,000 in Donations on Giving Tuesday

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. | November 16, 2016 — GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, today announced a new contest to celebrate the holiday season. During this time of thankfulness and giving back, GoFundMe is challenging people to #GoBeyondGiving by starting a GoFundMe for those in need, community improvement projects, or a charity. By using the hashtag #GoBeyondGiving, campaign organizers will be entered to win a $10,000 donation to their cause.

As part of this holiday initiative, GoFundMe wants to show our thanks to campaign organizers who are giving back. Every month, GoFundMe gives over $100,000 to deserving campaigns nominated by GoFundMe employees as part of our Gives Back program. This month, GoFundMe employees will nominate #GoBeyondGiving campaigns, and we will surprise over 100 campaigns on Giving Tuesday, November 29, with $1,000 donations. In addition, all GoFundMes started on behalf of charities will be part of our new partnership with PayPal Giving Fund, with over one million charities to select from.

“Now more than ever, we need to focus on kindness, empathy, and paying it forward by giving back,” said Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO. “From Fidencio the Paleta Man to Chauncy’s Chance, we’ve seen how ordinary people who start GoFundMe campaigns can change someone’s world. With our #GoBeyondGiving challenge and Giving Tuesday donations, we are aiming to build on the incredible, life-changing momentum we see every day on our platform.”

Starting November 15, campaigns with the hashtag #GoBeyondGiving will be entered into the contest for a chance to win a $10,000 donation. The contest ends on December 9, and the winner will be announced the week of December 12. It takes just three simple steps:

1. Start a GoFundMe for someone in need, a community project, or a

2. Add the hashtag #GoBeyondGiving to your campaign description

and tell us why you are giving thanks by helping out.

3. Share your GoFundMe on social media to start raising money.

About GoFundMe’s Gives Back Program

Started by GoFundMe’s founders, the Gives Back program puts GoFundMe’s core values of spreading empathy and doing the right thing into practice. Once a month, every full-time employee nominates a GoFundMe campaign that touches their heart, and if selected, a donation of $1,000 is made to that campaign. This program allows employees to see first-hand the direct and powerful impact of their work.

About GoFundMe

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.

Media Contact: Kelly Galvin| kgalvin@gofundme.com