Over 245 grants delivered from the Hurricane 2023 Relief Fund
On August 30th, Hurricane Idalia made landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast, causing heavy flooding that submerged homes, vehicles, and businesses, as well as the evacuation order for thousands of people. It was the strongest storm to make landfall in the Big Bend region in more than 125 years as it briefly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph before weakening slightly. We saw many people seek help on GoFundMe to help them recover from this destruction. The hurricane relief fund was able to deliver over 245 grants directly to people personally impacted and in need of help and relief.
Over 180 grants delivered from the Education Fund this year
The Education Fund was created to support teachers and other school-related staff fundraising on GoFundMe to help afford needed classroom and school supplies for K-12 students. Everyone deserves access to a chance at a quality education, and teachers need proper supplies to offer this. The Education Fund delivered over 180 grants this year to support the school supply needs of students across the US. Check out this video from one grantee:
Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report
Our Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report is here! In FY23, we granted over $13.5M to individuals and nonprofits. We launched 9 crisis response funds, granting $1M for relief efforts; supported 11 partner philanthropic funds, granting $12M in support of charitable causes; and executed over 2,000 grants, in support of causes and communities.
Over 1,900 grants delivered from the Essentials Fund
The Essentials Fund is an ongoing initiative to support those in need who are seeking help on the GoFundMe platform to make ends meet and afford basic needs such as rent, utilities, groceries, warm clothes, etc. This year, over 1,900 grants were delivered to those in need of a little extra help while facing a temporary hardship. Together, collective donations to the Essentials Fund, delivers powerful and kind help. Here are just a few quotes from grantees this fund has helped so far:
Syria and Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund raises over $30K
When a 7.8 magnitude Earthquake struck Syria, millions of families lost everything. In the wake of this destruction, donors rallied together to help those impacted. As a result of this collective giving, funds raised were granted to the following nonprofits delivering help:
- GiveDirectly- giving cash assistance to survivors.
- World Food Program- in both countries providing emergency food assistance to 2.7 million people.
- Project Hope - providing medical services and assisting survivors from the rubble.
- USA for UNHCR - providing emergency supplies, including tents, kitchen sets, mattresses, high-thermal blankets, and hygiene items to families affected.
- Direct Relief - providing search and rescue efforts and medical aid to health facilities.
Express Dream Big Fund Closes raising over $2M
Over the last two years, Express’s work with GoFundMe.org provided mentoring and resources to empower young people. Over 25,000 youth were supported through this fund’s main beneficiary, Big Brothers Big Sisters, which focuses on post-secondary success.
2022 Year in Review
In 2022, we ran over 20 funds offering a central place to give. Over $35M was raised to send urgent help to the humanitarian need in Ukraine. The Essentials Fund sent over 1,500 grants directly to individuals in the charitable class who needed help accessing their basic needs, such as housing and food. Over 160K generous donors enabled help to be delivered to those facing crisis and support ongoing initiatives.
Pattie Gonia does it again and raises over $400K
For the fourth year in a row, Pattie Gonia raised over $400K to support 10 initiatives working to make the outdoors and more equitable place. This annual holiday fundraiser advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
AAPI Community Fund raises over $7M and grants delivered to 200+ local nonprofits across the U.S.
We are very excited to share that over 200 nonprofit organizations across over 25 states have benefited from the generosity of donors to the AAPI Community Fund and received grants so far. We want to extend our gratitude to everyone who donated and to our advisory committee members who helped us to identify impactful local nonprofits across the nation. You all make this project possible and enable us to help many small organizations doing critical work towards their missions. This project is particularly unique because its reach is wide, allowing for a deep impact at a community level. Together, we can uplift, support, and empower the API Community to advance toward achieving a more equitable society. AAPI Community Fund Impact Report
Patriotic Kenny Supports the Veterans Fund
We are honored to know Patriotic Kenny, a generous and kind veteran, who started a GoFundMe to pay-it-forward after people rallied together to purchase him a mobility scooter. Now, thanks to his fundraising efforts and generous heart, he has helped more than 50 veterans (and counting) to move around and remain connected with their world by gifting them scooters too. Check out Kenny’s video encouraging people to help more Veterans like him get the support they deserve by donating to our Veterans Fund.
One Year of the Welcome Fund raises over $20M+
One year ago, Welcome.US and the Welcome Fund were founded. Since then, together we have raised and awarded millions of dollars to support 180 community organizations and resettlement agencies, with an estimated reach of nearly 75,000 Afghans served by over 25,000 volunteers nation-wide. See the report from Welcome.US on the remarkable impact made by the Welcome movement in just one year.
Annual Report Published for Fiscal Year 2022
We are excited to publish GoFundMe.org’s first annual report. This annual report reflects the work accomplished during our 2022 fiscal year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022) and gives an overview of GoFundMe.org’s core functions.
Highlights from our fiscal year end 2022 include:
- Raising nearly $65 million from over 160,000 donors
- Granting to over 2,000 nonprofits providing aid and individuals in need
- Operating at a 96% efficiency rate
Hurricane 2022 Relief Fund raised nearly $60K
Every year, we see hurricanes make landfall and cause devastating destruction to many communities. The Hurricane 2022 Relief Fund delivered over 115 grants directly to individuals and families whose homes were impacted by the year’s hurricanes.
Hurricane Fiona Relief raised over $18K
When Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic it caused flash flooding, 85mph winds, mudslides, and an island-wide power blackout in Puerto Rico. Catastrophic damage left many people seeking emergency relief and in need of long-term recovery efforts. Donations to this fund benefited two nonprofits: one on the ground in Puerto Rico and the other in the Dominican Republic to help those impacted by the loss and destruction of Hurricane Fiona.
Summer Storm Relief 2022 raised over $30K
Historic rainfall and violent storms caused dangerous flash flooding and severe damage to many communities across the Midwest. This fund served as a centralized place to directly support people and communities that are directly affected by this 2022’s summer storms. Over 65 grants were sent directly to individuals impacted.
Robb Elementary Relief Fund launches and raised over $210K
When a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 19 children and 2 teachers were killed. The gunman injured many others. This fund served as a verified place to give and donations supported the families of the victims, and others impacted. Funds benefited the Uvalde We Rise Fund which supports survivors directly and is managed by the National Compassion Fund, and to the Uvalde Strong Fund which supports the community at large through local nonprofits and is managed by the San Antonio Area Foundation.
Wildfire Relief Fund 2022 launched and raised over $20K
Every year, devastating wildfires burn millions of acres across the United States, taking the lives and homes of too many. In response, we launch a fund to send needed funding directly to individuals impacted by wildfires. In 2022, over 40 people personally seeking help after wildfires destroyed their homes.
Play Your Part Fund launches and raised over $200K
Organized in connection with former professional footballer Andriy Shevchenko, this fund benefitted five nonprofits distributing relief to Ukrainian refugees: UNHCR, UNICEF, World Food Program, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation of America, and The Order of Malta.
The #SayGay Fund launches and has raised over $30K
When the Florida Senate passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill that bans "classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity" in primary schools, Frederick Joseph partnered with GoFundMe.org to support LGBTQ+ youth and policy. Over $32,000 was raised to benefit Equality Florida, Zebra Coalition, and The Center Orlando.
Stand With Ukraine Fund raises over $36M
Partnering with Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, donations to this fund support two nonprofits: Airbnb.org and Flexport.org Over $36 million was raised to provide housing and relief supplies to refugees fleeing Ukraine. Over 75,000 donors have contributed to the fund, with notable donations including $3 million from Kunis and Kutcher and $5 million from Larry Ellison. GoFundMe.org quickly transfered incoming donations to the two beneficiaries within 48 hours of the fund’s launch.
Ukraine Humanitarian raises over $2.4M
When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, this fund launched that same day to support the millions of people who were faced with a severe humanitarian crisis as they were displaced by devastating violence. The first round of grants was delivered just 2 days after launch to vetted nonprofits on the ground providing critical aid. GoFundMe.org is collaborating with the US Department of State and Global Giving to identify organizations providing effective relief. More than 30 organizations have benefited from the over $2.4 million raised with this fund.
2021 year in review
KY Strong with Renie Anderson Fund raised over $230K
NFL executive Renie Anderson utilized her network and partnered with GoFundMe.org to fundraise over $230,000 for the thousands of people who lost their homes, businesses, farms and, loved ones in the destructive tornadoes that hit Kentucky. Funds raised were granted to Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, Western Kentucky Chapter – American Red Cross, and Hopkins County Long Term Recovery Group.
Tornado Relief 2021 Fund raised over $210K
Devastating tornadoes struck Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Arkansas, and Missouri on Friday, December 10, 2021. The tornado’s path of destruction was over 200 miles. Homes, churches, businesses, and lives were taken overnight. All $210,000 in funds raised were granted to over 280 verified individual GoFundMe fundraisers for people and communities impacted. I am officially amazed at you all. This grant means so much to those on the ground. We have been purchasing blankets, underwear, socks, bleach, detergent, hand sanitizer, Lysol, food, water, blood pressure cuffs, accu-checks and strips, shoes and more. It does not sound like much but to people with nothing, it is everything.
Chris Vogt’s Tornado Relief Fund launched and has raised over $195K
Basketball player Chris Vogt grew up in Mayfield, Kentucky and immediately took action to help those impacted by the tornadoes that devastated his community at the end of 2021. He partnered with GoFundMe.org to have over $195,000 in funds benefit the local Kentucky Red Cross chapter and the Graves County & Mayfield high school resource offices, which provided those impacted with everyday necessities. His ongoing effort supports recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Hurricane Relief Fund raised over $110K
The active hurricane season in 2021 prompted this fundraiser to reopen to support urgent and long-term relief efforts for those impacted by hurricanes across the US. Over $110,000 across 160+ grants were sent to verified individual GoFundMe fundraisers to directly help people impacted. This includes efforts such as erecting temporary shelters, distributing food and water, providing medical care, and more.
A Fundraiser That’s Not a Drag raised over $820K
Since 2019, Pattie Gonia has worked with GoFundMe.org to fundraise over $820,000 for organizations that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. Pattie challenges her/his/their community to support nonprofits she/he/they works with personally. In 2021, the grantees were Outdoor Outreach, Eastern Sierra Conservation Corp, The Children’s Home Project, Brave Trails, and Queer Outdoor Leadership Expedition Scholarships.
TAAF AAPI Emergency Relief Fund launched and has raised over $500K
Following the tragic gun violence in Atlanta and Indianapolis, The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) were committed to providing survivors, their families, and their communities with the support they need. This fund has raised over $500,000 to provide fast, flexible support to individuals and their families who have been the subject of violent hate crimes and need to heal, recover, and stay safe.
BuzzFeed Afghanistan Relief Fund raised over $20K
In response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, members of the BuzzFeed community — including a number of employees with personal ties and family in Afghanistan — BuzzFeed used their reach to raise awareness and over $20,000 in donations for community-led organizations on the ground, helping to provide relief.
Haiti Relief Fund has raised over $15K to date
When a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti and Tropical storm Grace closely followed, many lost their lives, homes were destroyed, and hospitals were overrun. This fund was launched in partnership with DJ Michael Brun to provide vital relief efforts such as food, fuel, water, medicine, and shelter in Haiti and at the US border. Over $15,000 has been raised to date for beneficiaries including Hope Health Action, David McAtony Gibson Foundation, and CORE. This fund supports long-term recovery efforts that will be needed to help Haitians rebuild their lives.
Afghanistan Relief Fund raised over $70K
Hundreds of thousands of Afghan men, women, and children had to flee their homes in fear as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Relief Fund raised over $70,000 to support a range of vital relief efforts including food relief, helping displaced people and schools, supporting on-the-ground journalists, and more.
Welcome Fund: Afghanistan raised over $16M
In partnership with Welcome.US, the Welcome Fund was an all-hands-in effort to provide over $16 million in vital funding for resettlement efforts for our new Afghan neighbors in communities across the US. Donations have been sent to over 160 nonprofits to help create opportunities and meet housing needs.
Pride Cause Fund launches
For decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) activists and supporters have advanced critical legislation and advocated for equal rights to build a world in which people can express themselves freely, without fear. Donations support a range of LGBTQ needs, including mental health resources to LGBTQ youth, advocacy work, the creation of safe spaces, and more.
Wildfire Fund reopens for 2021 fire season and raises over $270K
In response to the 2021 wildfire season, the Wildfire Relief Fund from 2020 was reopened to support urgent and long-term relief efforts for those directly impacted and those coordinating relief efforts across the US. In 2021, over 280 grants totaling over $270,000 were sent to verified individual GoFundMe fundraisers to directly help people impacted. My family and I would like to express our gratitude for your kindness and generosity. While we lost our home to the Marshall Fire, we have gained a network of support and care from our community, friends and family. It touches our hearts that you have thought of us in our time of need. Your thoughtfulness has helped ease the burden of facing such a catastrophic event. Knowing we are not alone gives us hope for what the future holds. Thank you.
COVID Relief for India raised over $65K
In April 2021, a relentless wave of new COVID-19 cases overwhelmed India’s healthcare system as there were more than 17.9 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 200,000 deaths. Hospitals were forced to turn patients away as they experienced a shortage of beds, oxygen, testing kids, medication, and more. This fund worked to send over $65,000 in critical aid to India.
Support the AAPI Community launched and has raised over $7M
Following the increase in violence against the API community, leaders of activists and influencers formed a committee and partnered with GoFundMe.org to identify and support local, grassroots nonprofit organizations across the United States that are working to uplift, and empower the API community, while also driving lasting social change for equality. Major donors to this over $7 million fund have been YouTube, Panda Express, and H&M.
Gay Cities LGBTQ Nightlife Relief Fund raised over $65K
LGBTQ social venues have served as a safe haven for queer people for decades, and their existence was threatened by COVID-19 shutdowns. GoFundMe.org partnered with this fund to support local LGBTQ nightlife venues to help survive the pandemic and remain open by issuing $500 grants totaling over $65,000 to qualifying venues in the United States.
2020 Year in Review
2020 was one of the most challenging years in recent history. From COVID-19 to natural disasters to an equality crisis, many people faced hardship and loss. GoFundMe.org was able to provide centralized help with over 20 funds and over $52 million raised just this year.
Keep scrolling to see some of the highlights, or download the 2020 Audit Report.
Basic Necessities Cause Fund Launch
For so many Americans, a safe home and a warm meal is not a reality. Homelessness and housing insecurity continue to be a growing issue. This fund distributes grants to help individuals access their most essential needs (shelter, food, and clothing) and to support organizations offering community outreach programs.
Thank you so much for the grant money… we ended up raising enough money through several outlets to gather food for 400 bags, and they are now being passed out to 400 homeless and families in need here in Tuolumne County.
Animal Rescue Cause Fund Launch
Between 6–8 million animals enter US shelters each year, and many of them require costly services. Additionally, millions of wildlife are facing the danger of rapidly shrinking habitats, human conflict, and climate change. This fund distributes grants to help those directly caring for and rescuing animals across the globe.
Hurricane Relief Fund raised over $86K
An active hurricane season in 2020 prompted this fund to support urgent and long-term relief efforts for those impacted by hurricanes across the US. This included efforts such as erecting temporary shelters, distributing food and water, providing medical care, and more. Over 120 grants totally over $86,000 were sent to verified individual GoFundMe fundraisers to directly help people impacted. My daughter and I set up a GoFundMe because we are victims of hurricane. We lost our home from it, over three feet of water and mud, completely demolished everything we owned in the home, leaving us homeless and with only the clothing on our backs. We were forced to evacuate our home in less than a minute's time and had to be rescued by the National Guard and taken to a RedCross shelter. My daughter and I are displaced from one another as we speak, and the home is completely inhabitable. By helping us to rebuild our new life and help us get replace everything that was lost. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts, you don't understand how much this has and will help us. It means so much to us!
Since launch, Express Dream Big Project Fund has raised over $1.29M
The Dream Big Project is an ongoing fundraising initiative to champion causes and charities that share Express’s mission to empower people to follow their dreams. Each season, Express supports a new cause and encourages donations here, in stores, and at Express.com. Since its launch, the Dream Big Project has raised over $1.2 million.
Wildfire Relief Fund raised over $445K
In response to the 2020 wildfire season, this fund was launched to support urgent and long-term relief efforts for those impacted and those coordinating relief efforts across the US such as providing shelter, distributing food and water, providing medical care, recovery efforts, and more. Over 500 grants totally over $445,000 were sent to verified individual GoFundMe fundraisers to directly help people impacted.
Learning & Education (K-12) Cause Fund launch
GoFundMe.org created this cause fundraiser to encourage donors to invest in our children’s future by helping provide equal learning opportunities and to help many individuals and organizations who have started fundraisers on GoFundMe for school and educational expenses.
Frontline Workers Counseling Fund raised over $75K
During the pandemic crisis, frontline workers who risk their lives to keep vital services operating needed support, but they did not have the time or energy to find a therapist. GoFundMe.org acted as a fiscal sponsor to Frontline Workers Counseling Project, which works to provide free therapy, a vital resource, to frontline workers. The fun raised over $75,000.
Justice & Equality Cause Fund launched
After the murder of George Floyd, events across the U.S. brought the injustices and deep-rooted racism that has long plagued the Black community to the forefront of the national discussion. GoFundMe.org created this fund to support organizations working to rectify the racial inequalities in our society, specifically focusing on pretrial system reform, racial justice, and law enforcement reform.
Sweet Home Chicago raised over $1.2M
In response to the hardships of COVID-19, Chicago’s own Deon Cole, Blackish star, partnered with GoFundMe.org to raise over $1.2 million to support local organizations in Chicago that were helping with critical efforts related to relief and recovery based on four themes: food, homelessness, personal protection equipment (PPE) for the community, and mental health.
Actors Fund raised over $955K
COVID-19 impacted every kind of business across the globe. With film & TV productions halted or suspended, hundreds of thousands of people who work behind the camera were hit the hardest. It Takes Our Village partnered with GoFundMe.org to raise over $995,000 to financially support below-the-line workers with no contractual safeguards.
American Food Fund raised over $45M
Food insecurity in America is an ongoing and growing issue in the United States. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 37 million people struggled to know where their next meal might come from. In the wake of COVID-19, that number rose exponentially. The goal of America’s Food Fund — launched in partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple, and The Ford Foundation — was to help ensure that all people have reliable access to food. Over $45 million raised were sent to Feeding America, World Central Kitchen, No Kid Hungry, Save the Children, and Urban School Food Alliance.
1 in 8 U.S. households do not have enough to eat. Donate today and your gift to #AmericasFoodFund will be matched to support @FeedingAmerica, @WCKitchen, @NoKidHungry, @UrbanSchoolFood & @SavetheChildren as they work to meet this need. https://t.co/fQPJofDAgJ— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) September 5, 2020
Small Business Relief Fund raised over $2.7M
The COVID-19 pandemic brought businesses to a stand-still in 2020. GoFundMe.org set this fund up to help in the short term by issuing $500 grants to qualifying small businesses in the United States. Over 5,000 grants were sent to verified individual businesses impacted by the pandemic. This fund was able to raise over $2.6 million largely thanks to many generous donors, including Yelp, Intuit Quickbooks, GoDaddy, Bill.com, GoFundMe, Inc, Adyen, and Capital One. I am grateful beyond measure for your support! This is a difficult time for so many. It brings me hope and such joy to be receiving the blessings and generosity of our world coming together to offer support. The future is so unclear at this point, but moving forward is the only direction we can go. It is uncertain when our business will be able to return to healthy working conditions and raises the question of how we can financially recover from our professional and personal losses. So all future donations and support will go towards recovering incurred losses, and towards building a more sustainable foundation for the future.
Schitt’s Creek Food Insecurity Fund raised over $205K
During the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, many families had to worry about where their next meal would come from. The cast of Schitt’s Creek wanted to find a way to show their fans the same generosity and support they have given the show for the past six years. Schitt’s Creek partnered with GoFundMe.org to create this fund and donated all $205,000 in proceeds to two organizations dedicated to supporting those in need: Food Banks Canada and Feeding America.
Hourly Wage Workers Fund raised over $1.1M
When COVID-19 forced restaurants to become take-out only, bars to indefinite closure, and hotels to slow, people who rely on hourly wages suffered greatly as their daily income disappeared overnight. GoFundMe.org partnered with this fund to raise over $1.1 million and financially support hourly workers, including those who rely on tips and who lost income or jobs due to the pandemic.
COVID-19 General Relief Fund raised over $535K
Amidst all of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing was clear – people needed help. GoFundMe.org set up this fund to help individuals, charities, and businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19, and to communities and charities working to provide pandemic relief. This global fundraiser raised over $535,000 to provide PPE when it was in short supply, to fund medical and memorial bills for those who passed from COVID, and to support the many individuals who turned to GoFundMe to seek help after covid put them out of work and more.
Texas Winter Storm Relief Fund raised over $155K
Unprecedented winter storms across Texas left millions of residents without heat, water, or power for days. Millions of people across the state faced outrageous power bills and costs to repair damage and recover losses caused by the storm and subsequent outages. GoFundMe.org set up this fund and raised over $155,000 to help individuals, organizations, and communities that were impacted or were dedicated to helping those affected by these storms.
Australia Brush Fire Fund raised over $2.2M
For months, a wildfire burned across Australia in record-breaking heat and strong winds, leaving thousands of people displaced, homes burned, and lives lost. Nearly half a billion animals were killed, and a third of their habitat was destroyed. Ellen Degeneres partnered with GoFundMe.org to help the firefighters, people, and animals of Australia who were displaced during the Australian Brush Fire. Over $2.2 million in donations were granted to the Australian Red Cross and WIRES, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization.
2019 Year in Review
2019 was a year of quick crisis response to help those impacted by unexpected tragedies. It was also the year that GoFundMe.org began launching cause funds to support long-standing initiatives that need ongoing support.
Keep scrolling to see some of the highlights, or download the 2019 Audit Report.
California Fires raised over $35K
In 2019, California experienced devastating fires across the state, leaving many people displaced and left with nothing. This fund was created to help those impacted by the destruction of the 2019 fires across California. Over $35,000 in grants were sent to verified GoFundMe fundraisers and to aid organizations working to support those affected.
Mattel – Barbie Dream Gap Fund launched and has raised over $615K
Research shows that starting at age 5, many girls begin to develop limiting self-beliefs and they stop believing their gender can do or be anything. Representation in the media, cultural stereotypes, and implicit biases that suggest women aren’t as smart as men further deepen this issue. GoFundMe.org partnered with Mattel to create this field of interest fund that has raised over $615,000 to enable resources to reach girls at a pivotal age and positively impact them in an effort to combat and close the Dream Gap.
Immigrant Families Together raised over $1.2M
In response to the immigration policy that separated families at the U.S./Mexico border, this fund was created with Immigrant Families Together (IFT), an entity that supports and cares for people in immigration detention. Over $1.2 million in donations enabled IFT to house, feed, clothe, provide medical care, and provide representation from quality immigration attorneys to these families. GoFundMe.org acted as a fiscal sponsor until IFT achieved its own exempt status.
Fight Back Fund raised over $25K
GoFundMe.org created this fund to support the movement to protect abortion and reproductive rights. Over $25,000 in grants were issued to The National Network of Abortion Funds, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU Foundation.
Save the Environment Cause Fund Launches
With thousands of years of pollution, deforestation, overfishing, drilling, and more, we’ve put an incredible strain on the environment, and the planet needs our help. Donations support a range of environmental projects to reverse the damage we have caused while also laying a strong, sustainable foundation for the future.
Young Changemakers Cause Fund Launches
Kids dream big, and often they work hard to make these dreams a reality. Frequently there are inspiring and ambitious kids creating GoFundMe fundraisers to help them lead projects that better their communities and the world. Donations to this fund aid youth who are working to create positive change.
Veterans Fund Cause Fund Launches
Challenges such as unemployment, homelessness, mental health crises, and more disproportionately affect the Veteran community and many have turned to GoFundMe to seek immediate help. This cause fund was created to distribute donations to both personal GoFundMe fundraisers and nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting these heroes.
Mental Health Cause Fund Launches
The United States is facing a mental health crisis and millions of Americans don’t receive the support they need. With your donations, we can address unmet mental health care needs and provide aid to those who need it most.
New Zealand Christchurch Mosque Shooting raised over $185K
A terror attack at New Zealand mosques killed 49 people and the world was heartbroken and deeply shaken by this awful act. GoFundMe.org partnered with Guy Oseary and helped raised over $185,000 to support the families and community affected by the tragedy at the Christchurch Mosque Shooting.
Furloughed Workers – US Gov Shutdown raised over $475K
During the longest government shutdown in history, hundreds of thousands of government workers were furloughed or forced to work without pay. GoFundMe.org created this fund to raised over $475,000 to support 4 nonprofit organizations across the country that offered general relief to these government workers.
2018 Year in Review
Over $28 million was raised in 2018 across 11 fundraisers. 2018 was GoFundMe.org’s second year in operation, allowing us to expand our impact and areas of work beyond crises and distaster to include projects for educational and social justice initiatives as well.
Keep scrolling to see some of the highlights, or download the 2018 Audit Report.
Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund raised over $25M
The voices of those affected by sexual harassment in every industry were silenced for too long, and the time was up. GoFundMe.org acted as a fiscal sponsor to the Times Up Foundation, which connects those who experience sexual harassment, abuse, and related retaliation in the workplace to legal and public relations assistance. GoFundMe.org was the bridge between Time’s Up and the National Women’s Law Center, which ultimately administers the over $25 million in funds and has allocated money to many cases ranging from a dollar store cashier in Brooklyn to fire department paramedics in Chicago. Access to prompt and comprehensive legal and communications help means empowerment for these individuals and long-term growth for culture and communities.
California Wild Fires raised over $310K
In 2018, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as over a dozen fires threatened thousands of homes in California, and the lives of many firefighters and residents were lost. GoFundMe.org created this fund to raise over $310,000 for those impacted across California by the devastating 2018 fires. Over 650 grants were sent directly to individuals with GoFundMe fundraisers seeking help.
Girls Opportunity Alliance launched and has raised over $2.7M
Right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls worldwide are not in school. That’s why the Obama Foundation partnered with GoFundMe.org to start the Girls Opportunity Alliance project created to encourage people around the world to take action by helping break down the barriers that keep girls from fulfilling their full potential. Donations are distributed to an alliance of entities with the mission to support girls’ education and empowerment worldwide. To date, projects in over 30 countries have been supported by over $2.7 million.
Hurricane Michael – Southeastern U.S. raised over $14K
Hurricane Michael was one of the top five worst storms to make landfall in the United States, affecting people from Central America all the way up the east coast of North America. GoFundMe.org created this fund to help and help send over $14,000 across 55 grants to people impacted by this devastating storm.
Hurricane Florence raised over $5K
In September 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall with heavy winds and torrential rains. Over 50 people died, more than 20,000 were displaced, and hundreds of thousands of others were left without power. GoFundMe.org created this fund in response to the devastation of this East Coast storm and sent 20 grants to directly help those affected by the storm’s destruction.
DACA Fund raised over $35K
Despite living nearly their entire lives in the United States, Dreamers were under threat of losing their protected status and could face deportation to countries they barely remember. As undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, Dreamers can undergo rigorous background checks and apply for temporary protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). GoFundMe.org ran this fund to help Dreamers raise more than $35,000 to pay for over 70 DACA renewal applications.
The Poussey Washington Fund launched and has raised over $515K
Poussey Washington may have been a fictional character, but her life’s story and devastating fate are all too real for many women in this country. The Orange Is The New Black team at Netflix partnered with GoFundMe.org to create this fund supporting organizations in their effort to rethink, revise, and reform justice in America. Over $515,000 donated to this Fund have been distributed to nonprofits focused on social issues surrounding criminal justice, policy reform, immigrants’ rights, and helping those affected by mass incarceration.
Fuego Volcano Relief – Guatemala raised over $30K
The Fuego Volcano in Guatemala is known for being constantly active at a low level, but on June 3, 2018, it had its most powerful eruption since 1974, burying towns and villages nearby. GoFundMe.org created this fund in response to this catastrophic eruption and made over 25 grants to help aid those who were affected.
Lean In – Equal Pay Day raised over $20K
In the U.S, on average women are paid 20% less than men, and Black women and Latinas are paid even less. LeanIn.org partnered with GoFundMe.org in creating this fund to raise awareness about the gender pay gap and to provide over $20,000 in support of the following organizations that help women affected by the pay gap: Dress for Success, Feeding America, The American Association of University Women, and The Boys & Girls Club.
Stoneman Douglas Students’ Fund – March For Our Lives raised over $190K
After the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 took the lives of 17 innocent people, a group of over 11,500 alumni formed in the aftermath to advocate for change and to support students and faculty. GoFundMe.org acted as a fiscal sponsor to the alumni group to help and enable many students to attend the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC, and other events to further their mission.
Montecito Fires and Mudslides raised over $150K
In 2018, Montecito experienced record-breaking fires which were followed by a mudslide that wiped out nearly everything in its path, taking many lives and homes with it. The Ellen Show partnered with GoFundMe.org to create this fund to help nonprofit entities servicing people and animals who were impacted by the Montecito fires and mudslides.
2017 Year in Review
2017 was GoFundMe.org’s first year in operation and raised over $18 million from over 20 fundraisers. The year was spent responding to crises like natural disasters and the deadliest mass shooting by working to send critical funds quickly and efficiently to those impacted.
Keep scrolling to see some of the highlights.
Las Vegas Victims Fund raised over $14.6M
On October 1, 2017, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States occurred, killing 58 people and injuring 851 others at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas. GoFundMe.org acted as a fiscal sponsor to the Las Vegas Victims Fund, created with Clark County City Commission Chair Steve Sisolak to provide relief to victims and to provide scholarships for the children of victims after this horrible tragedy. GoFundMe.org was the beneficiary of 17 other GoFundMe fundraisers for general victim support to responsibly manage the influx of donations made to Las Vegas hotels, royalties from artists performing, larger corporate donations, as well as individual contributions to ensure funds safely reached victims and their families.
California Wildfire Relief raised over $1M
In 2017, California faced what was the worst fire season on record until it was surpassed by the 2018 season, leaving many people displaced and left with nothing. Fires burned over one million acres across the state, from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County to the Tubbs Fire in Napa and Sonoma. GoFundMe.org was the beneficiary of six fundraisers that directly supported over 450 individuals impacted and granted to several nonprofits on the ground providing relief.
Hurricane Maria Fund raised over $970K
Hurricane Maria closely followed Hurricane Irma and was the deadliest and worst natural disaster in recorded history to affect the islands of Puerto Rico, Saint Croix, and Dominica. A relief fund was created in partnership with Marc Antony who created Somos Una Voz, an alliance of artists working together to rush food, shelter, medicine, power, and communications to those in need from the effects of the recent natural disasters.
Hurricane Harvey Fund raised over $1.9 Million
Causing $125 billion in damage across Texas and the southern U.S., Hurricane Harvey was one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history. Thousands of fundraisers were created on GoFundMe by and for individuals impacted. GoFundMe.org set up a general fund and granted to verified GoFundMe fundraisers started by people who needed financial help quickly, before charity and government aid could reach them. GoFundMe.org gave roughly $700,000 in grants to over 800 individual GoFundMe fundraisers to support those impacted by Harvey. GoFundMe.org also worked with donors to establish a donor-advised fund that raised over $1,000,000 and was distributed to various charities that serviced those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Irma Fund raised over $55K
When Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane, struck Florida and caused widespread destruction, GoFundMe.org partnered with two funds working to help those affected by this storm and to support the International Association of Fire Fighters as they brought relief. 110 grants were sent to verified individual GoFundMe fundraisers to directly support those who were personally impacted by this disaster and in need of relief.