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This Week on GoFundMe: January 26, 2015

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January 20, 2015
Thousands Rally for Grieving Family
Late mother's quadruplets showered with support.
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$113,106
Details 3,170 donors in 3 days Location Avondale, AZ
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Talented Drummer Battling Illness
Eric Bolivar is fighting level 5 kidney failure.
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$18,777
Details 307 donors in 1 day Location New Orleans, LA
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Makeup Artist's Supplies Stolen
Amber's hair and makeup kits were taken from her car.
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$3,370
Details 62 donors in 23 hours Location Los Angeles, CA
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Funding for Ferguson District Dancers
Budget cuts won't stop these passionate athletes.
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$2,202
Details 51 donors in 1 month Location Florissant, MO
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ABC NEWS
Woman passes away after giving birth to quadruplets
JAM BANDS
Drummer suffering from hereditary kidney disease
NBC NEWS – ST. LOUIS, MO (VIDEO)
Cherokee Street barber faces eviction, receives help
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
After funding cuts and Ferguson, they keep dancing
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Car dealership forces pizza deliveryman to return tip
THE WASHINGTON POST
$12K raised for family of woman in Metro accident
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This Week on GoFundMe: January 19, 2015

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GoFundMe 2014 Year in Review

GoFundMe has announced that in the fourth quarter of 2014, over $156M was raised on their trusted, easy-to-use fundraising platform. This record-breaking quarter brings the total funds raised by GoFundMe in 2014 to $470M, making the company the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Kickstarter, who formerly held the #1 spot, had a pledge volume of $136M in the fourth quarter, and finished 2014 with $444M in successful pledges.

While Kickstarter helped popularize crowdfunding in the areas of creative projects, music and film, GoFundMe’s personal fundraising platform is focused on enabling people to raise money for personal causes and life events. “It’s incredible to see all the amazing ways people are using GoFundMe to make a difference in the lives of others,” says co-founder Brad Damphousse. “We feel very fortunate to have a front row seat to an ever-increasing number of uplifting, inspiring, and successful fundraising campaigns.”

The site’s most popular categories are Medical, Education, Emergencies, Volunteerism, Memorials, and Sports. Due to the personal nature of these types of campaigns, the majority of giving on GoFundMe occurs between family and friends. GoFundMe is rapidly replacing traditional fundraising methods while making it easy for people to support those they love during life’s most important moments.

Launched in 2010, GoFundMe has remained an extremely lean organization, having raised no outside capital and employing a dedicated team of less than 40 people. However, having a small roster has not prevented GoFundMe from running a very large business. The company boasts over $650M raised on the platform since its inception, along with an unprecedented customer support email reply time of 5-minutes-or-less.

“GoFundMe’s intense focus on exceptional customer experiences is what sets us apart,” Damphousse continues. “Our competitors have taken tens of millions of dollars in venture capital and employ hundreds of employees. We have stayed small, focused, and committed to serving our customers better than anyone else.”

GoFundMe’s annual donation volume grew a staggering 268% in 2014 and the company expects volume to continue increasing as market awareness rises, and crowdfunding becomes more widely accepted. “We have seen our business grow approximately 300% per year every year since we started GoFundMe and it is a testament to the power of crowdfunding. What matters are the causes that people are raising money for; these are deeply personal life events that resonate with donors. It revolves around the stories we tell, the lives we share, and the communities we try to build. Given all of this, we believe that the future of GoFundMe is boundless.”

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January 13, 2015
Guitarist Fighting Aggressive Cancer
Thousands rallied to help Nate and his wife.
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$93,135
Details 1,694 donors in 4 days Location Milltown, NJ
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Fire Destroys Olympian's Home
Three-time Olympian recovering from smoke inhalation.
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$55,901
Details 478 donors in 5 days Location Port Washington, NY
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Creative Entertainer Battling Illness
Nathalie is staying positive through her fight.
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$13,965
Details 183 donors in 28 days Location Austin, TX
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Medical Care for Abandoned Puppy
Brutus was found alone in the cold and badly injured.
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$6,642
Details 205 donors in 5 days Location Lakewood, OH
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Growing their Family
The Wallaces hope to adopt a special needs child.
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$5,141
Details 142 donors in 3 days Location Kansas City, MO
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SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
GoFundMe now top crowdfunding site
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Nate Gluck diagnosed with cancer, needs your help
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Successful online campaign to save shot puppy
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Two tales of business recovery from Ferguson
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Hawks fans are attempting to buy the team
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Teens rally for cancer-fighting classmate
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Kindles for homeless kids
NBC NEWS – CHARLOTTE, NC
Fund for man injured on Kilimanjaro raises $30K
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This Week on GoFundMe: January 12, 2015

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January 6, 2015
Young Girl Battling Rare Illness
Alyssa is on the mend after a debilitating infection.
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$105,554
Details 1,733 donors in 18 days Location Baie-Sainte-Anne, NB
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Struggling Family's Disney Vacation
The Wellers hope to relax before mom restarts chemo.
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$11,567
Details 93 donors in 2 days Location Spokane, WA
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Hopeful Parents' Dreams Come True
Laura and Bryan are in the process of adopting a baby.
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$3,171
Details 38 donors in 2 days Location Centerton, AR
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Security Cameras for Animal Farm
This beloved farm needs help protecting its animals.
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$1,975
Details 41 donors in 2 days Location Locust Hill, VA
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Helping Out in Haiti
Josh hopes to help build a health clinic for Haitians.
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$1,330
Details 28 donors in 1 month Location Los Angeles, CA
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Young girl contracts rare bacterial infection
DAILY MAIL
Tech wizard raises $27,000 for legal battle
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Man who fell 11 stories receives support
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Community rallies for fallen hiker
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Stray kitten is adopted after being hit by a car
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Columbus community helps Ferguson church rebuild
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This Week on GoFundMe: January 5, 2015

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December 30, 2014
Young Boy Healing from Injuries
Remy is improving after being burned by hot cider.
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$38,034
Details 654 donors in 8 days Location Charlotte, NC
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Family Man Fighting Serious Illness
Jorge is helping his father through a difficult time.
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$39,060
Details 277 donors in 6 days Location Novato, CA
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Diabetic Alert Dog for Young Boy
Trace's family hopes to get a service dog for his safety.
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$20,942
Details 249 donors in 2 months Location Tecumseh, MI
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Iditarod Participant Injured in Crash
Karin is recovering after being hit by a car.
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$8,363
Details 127 donors in 1 month Location Boise, ID
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Giving Back for the Holidays
Razell is helping a homeless man in his community.
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$3,740
Details 76 donors in 20 days Location Wichita, KS
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FOX NEWS – CHARLOTTE, NC (VIDEO)
Baby burned after boiling apple cider spills
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Toddler sports superhero capes while battling tumor
NBC NEWS – NEW YORK, NY
Everybody rallied to pay off this family's debt
ABC NEWS – SCRANTON, PA (VIDEO)
Community works to save holiday for fire victims
ABC NEWS – AUSTIN, TX (VIDEO)
Overwhelming response over stolen Boy Scout trailer
CBS NEWS – INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Fundraiser set up after officer’s wife passes away
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This Week on GoFundMe: December 29, 2014

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