Amazing Stories from Incredible People

 
 
 
 
 

 

On October 6, 2014, GoFundMe completed a $50,000.00 gift to the Ferguson-Florissant School District to help reinstate the popular ‘Celebrate Children’ music and dance program. Specifically, GoFundMe is donating its 5% fee from Ferguson-related fundraising campaigns back to the community that has endured so much.

GoFundMe worked closely with representatives from the Ferguson-Florissant School District to help determine where an impactful gift could be made. The ‘Celebrate Children’ program is a wonderful opportunity for the students in Ferguson, and many members of the community look forward to it every year.

Laura Modrusic, the Chief Financial Officer for the Ferguson-Florissant School District said of the donation, “This is an unbelievable gift from GoFundMe. I know that our students and families will be very excited to learn that this program has been funded. We are most appreciative of this very generous donation.”

The program had to be cancelled in 2014 due to budget cuts, but GoFundMe’s $50,000.00 gift will be enough to fund the entire 2015 season.

The official press release form the Ferguson-Florissant School District can be found below:

###

GIFT FROM GOFUNDME CROWDFUNDING WEBSITE FINANCES CELEBRATE CHILDREN PROGRAM FOR FERGUSON-FLORISSANT SCHOOL DISTRICT

A generous, $50,000 gift from the crowdfunding website GoFundMe has enabled the Ferguson-Florissant School District to finance its 19th annual Celebrate Children concert in 2015. The program originally had been cut from the district’s budget due to a $7 million budget deficit for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Inspired by a visit in 1995 by program director Betsy Anderson to Austin, Texas to observe the Summer Institute of the “Believe in Me” program, Celebrate Children is the only program of its kind in the Midwest and one of just eight in the United States. Using dance to transform lives, Celebrate Children was founded by Anderson and Carl Yochum, retired educators in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Since 1996 it has helped more than 6,000 children in the District dance across the stage with increased self-confidence.

“This is an unbelievable gift from GoFundMe,” said Laura Modrusic, chief financial officer for the Ferguson-Florissant School District. “I know that our students and families will be very excited to learn that this program has been funded. We are most appreciative of this very generous donation.”

GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com) was founded in May of 2010 by Brad Damphousse and Andrew Ballester. Their mission was to create a simple, online fundraising platform where people could easily raise money for the things that matter to them most. A little over four years later, GoFundMe users have raised over $500 million from more than seven million donors.

According to GoFundMe marketing associate Kelsea Little, the crowdfunding site recently hosted a few campaigns relating to the tragic events in Ferguson that occurred in August 2014. GoFundMe was interested in donating its proceeds of $40,000 back to the community “to make the most positive impact possible for the young people of Ferguson.”

District acting superintendent Larry Larrew and Dr. Gwendolyn Diggs, the District’s chief learning officer, referred Little’s inquiry to Modrusic. After determining that reinstating the Celebrate Children concert would be of wonderful benefit to the students of the district, Modrusic sent information about the program to GoFundMe.

Seeing that the Celebrate Children budget was reduced in order to accommodate the GoFundMe donation of $40,000, GoFundMe chief executive officers Ballester and Damphousse raised the total donation to $50,000.

“After everything that Ferguson has been through, we decided to donate our proceeds from the related campaigns in an effort to do something positive for the community,” said Damphousse. “Learning about the impact that the Celebrate Children program has on the youth in the Ferguson-Florissant community made our decision easy. We’re very excited to be able to bring this program back for the 2015-2016 season.”

The 2014 Celebrate Children program cost more than $92,000 to produce, including rental fees for the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, professional fees for the director, choreographers, singers and musicians and other ancillary costs. The program generated just over $23,000 in revenue.

Broadway star and 1995 Kennedy Center Honor Recipient Jacques d’Amboise developed the teaching method used for Celebrate Children along with Ellen Weinstein, artistic director of the National Dance Institute. Celebrate Children is based on the belief that the arts can inspire children to achieve excellence both academically and in their personal lives.

The program is available to students in all 17 District elementary schools and all three District middle schools. Children become participants through auditions and staff recommendations, and must attend 25 dance classes before school or on Saturdays to prepare for the annual performance in May. Students are identified not by their talent, but instead by leadership and a willingness to participate in extracurricular activities.

The theme of the 2014 concert was Oh, Freedom!, saluting the efforts of African-Americans, women and Jewish people who have fought for freedom. More than 250 children performed in the concert, with the assistance of educator liaisons at each school.

About the Ferguson-Florissant School District

The Ferguson-Florissant School District, located in suburban St. Louis, serves more than 11,000 students from preschool through 12th comprehensive educational program. Fully accredited by the State of Missouri, the Ferguson-Florissant School District operates 17 elementary schools, three middle schools, three A+ and NCA-CASI-accredited high schools and an alternative school.

In addition, the District includes a nationally recognized early education program, the award-winning Challenger Learning Center space education facility, and the Little Creek Nature Area, a 97-acre nature preserve which offers experiential learning grade with excellent opportunities for students in science, biology, ecology and related areas of study. For more information, visit www.fergflor.org.

###

ShareThis


Visit GoFundMe.com
October 14, 2014
Freelance Reporter Fighting Ebola
Journalist contracted Ebola while covering outbreak.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$48,715
Details 682 donors in 6 days Location Providence, RI
Visit This Campaign
Anna's New Ride
4-year-old's family hopes to get her a wheelchair.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$8,540
Details 126 donors in 7 days Location Kamas, UT
Visit This Campaign
Support for Coach Calip
High school football coach bravely battling cancer.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$16,450
Details 115 donors in 4 days Location Tulsa, OK
Visit This Campaign
Guide Dog for Colleen
Mother of three needs service dog to help her walk.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$10,021
Details 76 donors in 6 days Location Wylie, TX
Visit This Campaign
Protecting Laslo
Community helps get bulletproof vest for police dog.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$3,585
Details 58 donors in 12 days Location Spokane, WA
Visit This Campaign
Users In The News
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
GoFundMe gives $50K gift to Ferguson community
YAHOO! NEWS
Ebola patient needs $500,000 to cover medical bills
THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Friends raise money for U.S. journalist with Ebola
NBC NEWS – ST. LOUIS, MO (VIDEO)
Teacher crowdfunds for school supplies
NBC NEWS – ORLANDO, FL (VIDEO)
Musicians sing to help girl with Sanfilippo syndrome
FOX NEWS – COLUMBUS, OH (VIDEO)
Homeless veteran surprised by magician's trick
INQUISITR
Magician raises over $20,000 for homeless veteran
THE COLUMBIAN
Fundraising site fulfills diabetic girl's birthday wish
All Recent News Stories

ShareThis

This Week on GoFundMe: October 13, 2014

0

posted by GoFundMe Team

 

Oct

13

Sources:

ShareThis


Visit GoFundMe.com
October 8, 2014
A Companion for Lacey
Family hopes to get service dog for young daughter.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$54,280
Details 2,117 donors in 6 days Location Auburndale, FL
Visit This Campaign
Malachi's Fight
7-year-old bravely battles cancer.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$21,260
Details 305 donors in 8 days Location Las Vegas, NV
Visit This Campaign
Super Bowl Star Gives Back
Roland wishes to mentor the youth in his community.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$27,408
Details 365 donors in 3 months Location Rochester, NY
Visit This Campaign
The Magic of Kindness
Street magician provides help for homeless veteran.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$3,641
Details 154 donors in 4 days Location Las Vegas, NV
Visit This Campaign
Fresh Food for Tampa
Michelle hopes to open an organic vegan restaurant.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$8,415
Details 81 donors in 1 month Location Tampa, FL
Visit This Campaign
Kicking Adversity
Haitian soccer team needs help getting back on its feet.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$10,475
Details 102 donors in 2 months Location South Bend, IN
Visit This Campaign
Users In The News
TECH TIMES
Magician uses trick to surprise homeless veteran
FOX NEWS – KANSAS CITY, MO (VIDEO)
Social media push makes man's surgery possible
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
Royals fan fighting cancer gets great seats
FOX NEWS – ORLANDO, FL (VIDEO)
Young boy recovering after being dragged by car
THE COURIER OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Injured teen greeted at home by loved ones
IDAHO STATE JOURNAL
Monarch relief efforts still badly needed
THE HUNTSVILLE TIMES
Fundraising effort started for Afghan war veteran
All Recent News Stories

ShareThis

This Week on GoFundMe: October 6, 2014

0

posted by GoFundMe Team

 

Oct

06

Sources:

ShareThis


Visit GoFundMe.com
September 30, 2014
Epilepsy Sufferer Melts Hearts
Pippa wants to visit Iceland to meet her favorite band.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$25,540
Details 459 donors in 1 month Location Kansas City, MO
Visit This Campaign
Taking a Stand
Toddler needs leg rods in order to safely walk.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$8,670
Details 113 donors in 3 days Location Bend, OR
Visit This Campaign
Master's Degree Dream
Molly put school on hold to care for her sick husband.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$7,011
Details 56 donors in 2 months Location Ridgewood, NY
Visit This Campaign
New Paws for Brutus
Formerly abused dog needs reconstructive surgery.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$12,165
Details 257 donors in 3 months Location Canon City, CO
Visit This Campaign
Shaving for a Cause
Logan is raising money for charity in an unusual way.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$2,520
Details 47 donors in 1 month Location Baton Rouge, LA
Visit This Campaign
Users In The News
THE TODAY SHOW – NBC
Campaign helps family cope with girl's fatal disease
EXAMINER
Cancer survivor develops IV backpack for kids
CBS NEWS – BATON ROUGE, LA
Baton Rouge man loses beard for charity
FOX NEWS – PORTLAND, OR (VIDEO)
Oregon student using GoFundMe to pay for college
FOX NEWS – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (VIDEO)
Couples fundraise online to have a baby
FOX NEWS – ORLANDO, FL (VIDEO)
Couple turns to crowdfunding to pay for adoption
ABC NEWS – MEMPHIS, TN (VIDEO)
School sports teams cash in with crowdfunding
THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR
Family thankful for help to care for wounded dog
NBC NEWS – LEXINGTON, KY (VIDEO)
Fundraising continues for pedestrian hit by car
All Recent News Stories

ShareThis

GoFundMe in the News: September 29, 2014

0

posted by GoFundMe Team

 

Sep

29

Sources:
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/09/17/retired-military-dog-gets-lifesaving-surgery-thanks-to-cbs4-viewers/
http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/community-helps-animal-rescue-recover-from-fire/27996252
http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/roseville/2014/09/18/loomis-boy-has-tumor-surgery-thanks-to-donations/15836523/

ShareThis


Visit GoFundMe.com
September 23, 2014
Picking Up the Pieces
10-acre farm recovering after hurricane's damage.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$81,854
Details 285 donors in 5 days Location Carbondale, CO
Visit This Campaign
Yanet's College Dream
Policeman helps inspiring teen attend college.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$19,171
Details 388 donors in 7 days Location Hawthorne, CA
Visit This Campaign
Trip Cut Short
Young teacher's passport stolen right before flight.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$2,520
Details 45 donors in 2 days Location Gilbert, AZ
Visit This Campaign
Kaitlynn's Companion
Young girl's family hopes to get her a service dog.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$8,055
Details 142 donors in 1 month Location Painesville, OH
Visit This Campaign
Miracle Reunion
Yorkie found six years after going missing.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$1,225
Details 40 donors in 5 days Location Indianapolis, IN
Visit This Campaign
Users In The News
BUSINESS INSIDER
College students are now crowdfunding tuition
YAHOO NEWS! CANADA
Inseparable dogs at shelter get new home together
NBC NEWS – SAN FRANCISCO, CA (VIDEO)
School sports programs turning to crowdfunding
THE CW – CHICAGO, IL (VIDEO)
Neighborhood helps sick man evicted from home
CBS NEWS – DENVER, CO (VIDEO)
Retired military dog gets lifesaving surgery
ABC NEWS – LOOMIS, CA (VIDEO)
Loomis boy's tumor surgery funded by donations
ABC NEWS – SAN JOSE, CA (VIDEO)
South Bay community helps family in need
CBS NEWS – MILWAUKEE, WI (VIDEO)
Marathon runner runs for those who can't see
FOX NEWS – INDIANAPOLIS, IN (VIDEO)
Dog missing for six years shows up in Indianapolis
NBC NEWS – SAVANNAH, GA (VIDEO)
Son of former Georgia Southern star battles cancer
FOX NEWS – AUSTIN, TX (VIDEO)
Cheerleader raising money for London performance
All Recent News Stories

ShareThis


Visit GoFundMe.com
September 16, 2014
Kristin's Act of Bravery
Young teacher hit by car while trying to save students.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$17,726
Details 215 donors in 2 days Location Belmont, CA
Visit This Campaign
Fire Destroys 75-Year-Old's Home
Beloved community member's home taken by blaze.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$16,225
Details 163 donors in 6 days Location Fort Jones, CA
Visit This Campaign
Creative Couple Needs a Hand
Married artists need help rebuilding their studio.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$3,422
Details 115 donors in 11 days Location Los Angeles, CA
Visit This Campaign
Help Chalky Talk
Retired military man bravely battling a neuron disease.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$9,660
Details 84 donors in 4 days Location Tarneit, AU
Visit This Campaign
Help Sharon's Rescue Survive
Pet rescue needs emergency funding.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$3,142
Details 77 donors in 3 days Location Galien, MI
Visit This Campaign
Users In The News
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Students paying for college with crowdfunding
ABC NEWS – TAMPA, FL (VIDEO)
Tampa-area couple crowdfunds adoption costs
FOX NEWS – SAN FRANCISCO, CA (VIDEO)
San Francisco teacher turns to crowdfunding
ABC NEWS – SPOKANE, WA (VIDEO)
Community helps animal rescue recover from fire
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
Building a family with crowdfunding
THE TENNESSEAN
Little Ryker's strength is in love surrounding him
OHIO.COM
Stark County woman featured on ‘The Doctors’
All Recent News Stories

ShareThis

$21K Raised by Best Co-Workers Ever

0

posted by GoFundMe Team

 

Sep

09


Visit GoFundMe.com
September 9, 2014
MS Won't Slow Him Down
Tony's co-workers helped get him a mobility chair.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$21,375
Details 266 donors in 1 month Location Orlando, FL
Visit This Campaign
Liam's Dreams
Liam hopes to beat cancer so he can be a firefighter.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$21,810
Details 192 donors in 11 days Location Oakville, ON
Visit This Campaign
Adventure Awaits
Chris will now be able to start his eco tour business.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$6,952
Details 89 donors in 4 days Location Miami, FL
Visit This Campaign
Making Memories with Mom
Family taking one last Disney trip together.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$20,250
Details 245 donors in 5 days Location Mc Farland, WI
Visit This Campaign
Get the Rescue Rolling
Animal rescue needs a transport van.
GoFundMe Campaign Photo
$5,902
Details 118 donors in 5 days Location Vancouver, BC
Visit This Campaign
Users In The News
;
ABC NEWS (VIDEO)
Retired military dog to receive lifesaving surgery
THE WASHINGTON POST
Young man receives $100,000 from supporters
THE HUFFINGTON POST
Man ate 100 burritos to help fraternity brother
NBC NEWS – UNION GROVE, WI (VIDEO)
Teachers dance and sing in back to school video
ABC NEWS – RALEIGH, NC (VIDEO)
Durham family needs wheelchair van
All Recent News Stories

ShareThis

 
PROUDLY FEATURED IN
Supported Currencies
Privacy Policy     |    © 2010 -2014 GoFundMe