Trending on GoFundMe: Avalanche Survivors, a Crowdfunded Kidney Transplant, and 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


In a new storytelling series hosted on Medium, we share the beautiful friendship between Chris Salvatore and his 89-year-old neighbor named Norma. Last year, Chris started a GoFundMe for Norma’s full-time nursing care, and their story went viral. We check in with them now and see how the successful GoFundMe changed both of their lives:

January is a time when many current and future college students’ thoughts turn to the challenge of paying for their education. Ana raised over $4,000 to help her roommate Daniella stay at Texas A&M. The child of a single parent household, Jovan used GoFundMe to stay at Pace University to pursue his dream of musical theatre. A young woman of color, Juliana raised $3,900 to continue her STEM studies at Hofstra University. Visit this page to see how college students are using GoFundMe to pay for education:

Dallas, Texas

Derek Whitener is an actor, singer, and artistic director at the Firehouse Theatre, a community theatre in Dallas. On January 14, he was brutally attacked in the parking lot of a Target. After this terrible incident, members of the artistic community from far and wide (including Jamie Lee Curtis and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) have sent donations and messages of support.

Los Angeles, California

YouTube star and gamer Markiplier raised more than $128,000 in less than 2 days for the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. Fischbach hosted a YouTube live stream to encourage his 16 million subscribers to support the cause.

Saint Louis, Missouri

When Liz Prentice found out that she was an organ match for her husband, she was thrilled. She scheduled the next possible surgery for the kidney donation that would save her husband’s life. But the pair of surgeries will be extremely costly, so she started this GoFundMe to help with the financial burden. So far, she’s raised nearly $9k to help pay for these life-saving procedures.

Mammoth Lakes, California

A day after the Villa’s baby Isabel was born last year, she was emergency airlifted from Mammoth Lakes to another hospital’s NICU. After a month, the Villas were able to return with their infant home. But just as things were calming down, an avalanche struck their home, destroying nearly everything. They were able to escape, and now friends and neighbors are coming to their aid.


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