This Week On GoFundMe: June 29, 2015

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$210K Raised for Families Affected by Berkeley Tragedy


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June 23, 2015
Outpour of Community Support
Thousands of donors unite to help grieving families.
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$208,766
Details 1,879 donors in 6 days Location Berkeley, CA
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Reuniting a Family
David and Jack want to bring their older brother home.
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$23,551
Details 191 donors in 14 days Location Groton, MA
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Local Officers to the Rescue
LAPD is helping Geovanni replace his stolen leg braces.
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$9,770
Details 200 donors in 5 days Location Los Angeles, CA
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Beloved Local Band is Robbed
Fans rally to replace their stolen gear and van.
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$11,545
Details 159 donors in 2 days Location Atlanta, GA
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Student's Wish Comes True
Simmie's caring teacher helps her go on her dream trip.
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$4,190
Details 61 donors in 2 days Location Albuquerque, NM
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Community helps those affected by Berkeley tragedy
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Selfless student skips prom to help homeless
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Son donates kidney to save his dad on Father's Day
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Parents ask for help to fulfill son's wish list
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LAPD helps replace young boy's stolen leg braces
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Famous cat receives support for medical bills
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This Week On GoFundMe: June 22, 2015 (VIDEO)

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Scaling Up GoFundMe

Our mission at GoFundMe is to change the way the world gives. We’ve been thinking about how to best serve as many people as possible while continuing to offer an excellent experience for every single one of our users. We wanted to share this exciting next step with you.

The GoFundMe Team has decided to accept an investment from some top-notch venture capital and growth equity firms. The investment is being led by Accel and TCV, with participation from GreylockMeritech Capital, and Stripes Group. Their collective experience building global, world-class companies (like Airbnb, Facebook, Netflix, and Spotify) can help further elevate GoFundMe to its full potential so that even more people can raise money online for the things that matter to them most.

This investment will enable GoFundMe to grow the team, enhance product features and functionality, and expand the platform globally.

To date, millions of GoFundMe campaigns have raised nearly $1.2 billion from millions of donors for things like medical bills, volunteer trips, community service, sports teams, and educational expenses.  Community support that once took place at bake sales and spaghetti dinners is now happening online, allowing those in need to receive help more quickly when they need it most.

GoFundMe is already the market leader in personal fundraising – and we’re just getting started. This investment will allow our team to deliver an even better fundraising experience to a much wider audience.

We look forward to continue serving you as we grow!

Thank you,

The GoFundMe Team

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Firefighter Saves His Own Family: $117K Raised


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June 16, 2015
First Responder's Family Injured
John treated his own family at the scene of a wreck.
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$116,990
Details 2,742 donors in 8 days Location Riverside, TX
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Culinary School for Passionate Student
Cameron's teacher is helping him follow his dreams.
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$12,000
Details 132 donors in 1 month Location Fort Worth, TX
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Returning Olympian
Claressa hopes to win her second gold medal in 2016.
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$4,588
Details 67 donors in 1 month Location Flint, MI
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Touring Band's Trailer Robbed
Many instruments were stolen from this traveling band.
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$7,580
Details 109 donors in 1 day Location South Pasadena, CA
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Track Star's Big Event
Friends are sending Isaiah to a prestigious track meet.
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$2,040
Details 21 donors in 23 hours Location Lewiston, ME
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Texas firefighter saves his own family from crash
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Quadruplet dad gets incredible gift
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Crowdfunding sites raise over $20M for Nepal relief
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Paralympic hopeful gets new prosthetic legs
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Community effort helps athlete get new legs
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Campaign created for survivor of severe crash
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This Week on GoFundMe: June 15, 2015

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GoFundMe Donates $250,000 to Nepal Earthquake Relief

In response to the two terrible earthquakes that hit Nepal earlier this year, thousands of generous people quickly came together on GoFundMe to make a difference. In less than two months, over $6.3M have been raised across 1,487 campaigns, from over 77,000 donors. It has been an incredible experience to watch people from around the world rally together to help Nepal in its time of need.

In April, GoFundMe pledged to donate its 5% fee from Nepal earthquake campaigns back to relief efforts, for the first $5M raised. We have been making these donations incrementally to ensure that help is delivered as quickly as possible. This week, GoFundMe successfully made its final donation of $50,000 to AmeriCares, for a total amount donated of $250,000. AmeriCares has been providing on-the-ground relief efforts since the first days following the devastating earthquake.

Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal during this incredibly difficult time. To view all GoFundMe campaigns for Nepal earthquake relief, please visit this link:

http://www.gofundme.com/Nepal-Earthquake-Relief/

 

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9-Year-Old Builds Small Shelters for Homeless People


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June 9, 2015
Small Shelters for Homeless People
Hailey is making a big difference in her community.
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$27,175
Details 616 donors in 11 days Location Bremerton, WA
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Help for Talented Paralympic Athlete
Paul's prosthetic legs were stolen before a big race.
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$32,141
Details 595 donors in 3 days Location Charlotte, NC
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Assistance for Hardworking Student
Elijah needs help in order to attend his dream school.
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$35,915
Details 126 donors in 1 day Location Bethesda, MD
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New Wheelchair for Beloved Student
Oscar's cerebral palsy does not affect his positivity.
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$9,840
Details 175 donors in 3 months Location Lincolnton, NC
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Farm Loses Transport Truck in Fire
A Vermont farm needs help getting back on its feet.
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$2,605
Details 45 donors in 1 day Location Burlington, VT
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Crowdfunding helps patients deal with cancer care
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Young girl builds small shelters for homeless people
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Couple's campaign for Nepali orphanage nears goal
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Campaign started to help elderly theft victim
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Local residents use GoFundMe for medical bills
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Student raises £4K for recovering homeless man
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$72K Raised for Abandoned Chimpanzees


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June 2, 2015
Support for Abandoned Chimpanzees
Over 60 chimps are in dire need of food and water.
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$72,237
Details 1,347 donors in 4 days Location Washington, DC
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Mountain Trike for Paralyzed Dad
Rob wants to be able to keep up with his kids.
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$9,875
Details 186 donors in 1 day Location Gloucester, MA
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Wounded Warrior Umpire Clinic
This organization is providing opportunities for vets.
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$6,075
Details 17 donors in 5 months Location Denver, CO
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Medical Mission to Nicaragua
These students are passionate about providing care.
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$2,619
Details 37 donors in 1 month Location Lawrenceville, GA
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Saxophonist's Overseas Performance
Stephanie has the chance to perform in France.
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$2,270
Details 49 donors in 1 month Location Boston, MA
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Thousands rally to help chimpanzees in need
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Woman raises over $10K, must now see 'Entourage'
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Firefighters run marathon in full gear for sick kid
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Crowdfunding supports people in times of need
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Nepal earthquake inspires family to give back
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Community comes together for struggling family
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This Week on GoFundMe: June 1, 2015

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