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At GoFundMe, we envision a world where all people have the power to make change, and we are grateful to be the destination where people go to help others every single day. A place where communities rally around causes, people turn compassion into action, and moments turn into movements.
Right out the gate in 2018, we saw people jumping into action as TIME’S UP kicked off the new year to defend women and fight for justice. And throughout the year, we saw people come together to help their communities, inspire others, and create lasting change.
In pulling together this report, it’s impossible to highlight everything. But for me, three key themes emerged in 2018:
I’m inspired by our community every day, and I know I’m not alone. At GoFundMe, we have over 300 employees who work around the clock to empower people to help others. To achieve this vision, we are guided by our core values. And in 2018, this is how we put the following values into practice.
—Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO
We know that it takes a leap of faith to help someone else. That’s why we honor our donors’ generosity with the GoFundMe Guarantee. In the rare case that something isn’t right, we refund donations.
After listening to feedback from our community, we launched GoFundMe Team Fundraising to give our organizers the opportunity to collaborate and fundraise with the support of a group.
To better serve both our organizers and donors, we continue to expand our free fundraising model and the GoFundMe Guarantee across the globe, now in 10 countries.
The best way we know to inspire others is by sharing the incredible stories we see every day on GoFundMe. Our podcast True Stories of Good People and our GoFundMe Heroes series aim to do just that.
Every week, GoFundMe employees have the opportunity to nominate fundraisers for our Gives Back program. And every month, hundreds of fundraisers receive Gives Back donations.
The largest GoFundMe of all time, this fundraiser aids survivors of sexual harassment and violence.
More than 26,000 people donated to this GoFundMe fund after the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
To take a stand against gun violence, the students of Stoneman Douglas organized a nationwide march.
Shay Khatiri, an Iranian immigrant, started this GoFundMe to help the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting.
Over 9,700 people have rallied together to find a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome and save 6-year-old Carter’s life.
This GoFundMe supports Anthony’s recovery after surviving the Stoneman Douglas school shooting.
Humboldt Broncos was the most viewed GoFundMe, with more than
views in the first 24 hours.
comments were made on GoFundMe pages.
was raised for those affected by the California wildfires.
The most prolific donor gave
to 132 different fundraisers.
The GoFundMe community continues to grow.
of people who gave this year were first-time donors.
Football fans and friends raised almost half a million Euro for Sean’s recovery after he was attacked outside Anfield football stadium.
Organized by Best for Britain, this GoFundMe advocated for the UK to remain in the EU and led to a host of other fundraisers on both sides of the debate.
individual donations from over 80 countries were made to the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund, marking the most donations to a single fundraiser in GoFundMe history.
Humboldt Broncos was the most viewed GoFundMe, with more than 1.9 million views in 24 hours.
The community came together for 7-year-old Diyon after his mother was killed in the Toronto van attack.
10-year-old Jack started this GoFundMe to bring relief to farmers during the devastating drought.
To make sure he could continue feeding his beloved cows during the drought, Jason turned to GoFundMe.
These unlikely friends met back in July of 2017 when Aeric returned Kaitlyn’s purse. All he wanted for thanks was a chance to get clean from his heroin addiction. More than a year later, Aeric is back on his feet and Kaitlyn has started a new career in addiction recovery.
Also known as Astronaut StarBright, 15-year-old Taylor Richardson and her mother Toni are repeat GoFundMe organizers, most recently making headlines by raising more than $100,000 to send girls to see A Wrinkle in Time.
This challenge benefitted nonprofits serving domestic violence survivors with financial empowerment services.
Animal shelters, rescue groups, and clinics nationwide raised funds to help keep pets out of shelters and save lives in their communities.
Charities from four major cities competed to build social, racial, and financial equity with the help of funds from this challenge.
Over 125 celebrities used CrowdRise by GoFundMe to fundraise for causes important to them, including Chris Pratt, Bono, Drake, Tom Holland, J.K. Rowling, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Metallica.
rounds of congratulatory applause in the San Diego office
hours spent volunteering in local communities
GFMers <3 their pets. Recent totals include:
There are a billion good intentions tucked inside each and every one of us. But every day, the ‘what-if’s’ and ‘if-only’s’ sail by and opportunities get lost. So what is the difference between intent and action? Between ‘I would if I could’ and ‘look how far we’ve come!’
The difference is this:
One person with the courage to ask for help, connected to a world that has the power to answer back. When one of us reaches out and says it’s time to act and that call to action becomes the mission of a whole community… look out.
What might begin as a small, undeniable notion inside one of us can ignite into something real and powerful and transformative when in the hearts and hands of all of us. That is why we believe the impulse to help a person, fix a neighborhood, or change a nation should never be ignored. In fact, it should be shared with the entire world.
Because that is how change happens.