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This Week on GoFundMe: February 9, 2015

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February 3, 2015
Disabled Man Recovering from Attack
Thousands donated to help Alan find a safe, new home.
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£317,646
Details 23,896 donors in 4 days Location Greenside Ward, ENG
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Fire Displaces Dozens of Families
More than 40 people are recovering after a blazing fire.
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$97,985
Details 1,344 donors in 4 days Location San Francisco, CA
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New Car for Man’s 21-Mile Commute
James will no longer have to walk all the way to work.
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$71,638
Details 2,354 donors in 1 day Location Troy, MI
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Locals Help San Diego Highwayman
Many giving back to selfless community volunteer.
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$11,851
Details 304 donors in 2 months Location Wallaceburg, ON
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Preserve the Buffalo Irish Center
Cultural center hopes to stay open for next generation.
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$15,845
Details 130 donors in 23 days Location Buffalo, NY
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Disabled mugging victim’s fund rises
THE INDEPENDENT
Beautician set up campaign for attacked pensioner
DAILY MAIL
Attack victim’s fund rises rapidly
ABC NEWS – SAN FRANCISCO, CA (VIDEO)
Fundraiser held for victims of Mission District fire
CBS NEWS – DETROIT, MI (VIDEO)
Detroit man walks 21 miles in work commute
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
Donors help the San Diego Highwayman
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This Week on GoFundMe: February 2, 2015

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January 27, 2015
Final Wish for Man Battling Cancer
Frank will get to cheer on the Patriots in person.
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$18,588
Details 217 donors in 7 days Location Lake Grove, NY
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Exercise Challenge for Wildlife Society
Margaret will do 102 squats on her 102nd birthday.
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$2,237
Details 38 donors in 6 days Location Beaumont Hills, NSW
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Replacement Wheelchair
Nicolas’ special wheelchair was stolen from his home.
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$6,025
Details 135 donors in 6 days Location Brookhaven, PA
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Young Engineer’s Robotic Inventions
Easton wants to make prosthetics more affordable.
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$3,646
Details 51 donors in 9 days Location Durango, CO
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Increased Mobility for Debbie
Steve hopes to get his mother a wheelchair van.
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$9,345
Details 117 donors in 2 days Location Bedford, NS
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Donations for apartment fire victims top $35K
FOX NEWS – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (VIDEO)
Athletes look to GoFundMe to stay in the game
CBS NEWS – YAKIMA, WA (VIDEO)
Crowdfunding saving couple from homelessness
SOUTH COAST TODAY
GoFundMe alive and well on South Coast
ABC NEWS – BOSTON, MA (VIDEO)
Fundraising efforts underway to honor fallen officer
CBS NEWS – MINNEAPOLIS, MN (VIDEO)
Historic diner reaches crowdfunding goal
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
Thousands donated for injured Carlsbad man
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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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Users In The News
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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GoFundMe now top crowdfunding site
BROOKLYN VEGAN
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
USA TODAY
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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