Bob is the coolest 72-year-old you’ll ever meet, and he’s on his way to the air guitar world championships. His donors helped him hit his goal, and he’s giving half of the proceeds to an amazing nonprofit that empowers and educates kids around the world.
GoFundMe campaigns raised $1.2 million for education during Teacher Appreciation Week alone. So what can that money buy? Take a look at the numbers below to see the impact donors made for educators across the nation.
If you know a teacher that could use a hand, start a campaign today and we’ll donate $50* to help you build momentum. You could even win an additional $10,000 for their school. Get started now!
This summer, a number of GoFundMe campaigns captured national and even international interest. The unbounded generosity of donors from all the world never ceases to amaze us, and we’re hard at work every day to empower people to help people.
When the GoFundMe giving community demonstrates empathy in case after case, there comes a risk that certain individuals will try to take advantage. As a result, we’ve seen questions about the legitimacy of campaigns and whether it’s safe to donate. That’s why we want to highlight the measures we take to ensure that GoFundMe is the safest, most secure platform for giving.
It’s important to note that fraudulent campaigns make up less than one tenth of one percent of all campaigns. That said, our team of specialists proactively monitor GoFundMe campaigns with a number of tools, including proprietary screening technology. They work around the clock to ensure that campaigns on our platform are carefully scrutinized for their validity.
An abundance of caution
It’s helpful to know how a donation ends up getting to a beneficiary (the person or group a campaign is intended to benefit). Generally, funds are collected by our payment processors, held, and then released only to the person named as the beneficiary. If a campaign organizer has a direct, personal connection to the beneficiary, then in some instances the campaign organizer may withdraw the funds to provide directly to the beneficiary. If any questions arise, our team will hold the funds unless the beneficiary is verified to our satisfaction. This layer of protection ensures that funds only go into the right hands.
Community monitoring and reporting
There are two crucial features you can find on each and every GoFundMe campaign: a contact button for the campaign organizer (the person who started the campaign), and a ‘Report Campaign’ button. If you have any questions about the campaign, you can easily reach the organizer and ask them directly. In addition, clicking the ‘Report Campaign’ will result in one of our specialists investigating the campaign. If you can’t find the campaign you want to report, then you can send us a message here, and please provide as much information as you can about the campaign. We take these reports very seriously, and we will take immediate action if anything is wrong.
We want you to be happy
When all’s said and done, what matters most to us is that you feel good about your giving experience. If you’re not happy with your donation, for any reason, please let us know.
We hope this sheds light on our safety and security measures. Trust is essential to nurturing and growing our giving community of more than 25 million people around the world, and we are constantly working to improve the experience of both raising money and donating on our platform. For additional information, please visit our Safety hub: gofundme.com/safety
Slyveria thought she was helping a family member in need, but instead a scammer tricked her out of hundreds of dollars over the phone. Now, her community is coming to her rescue to restore her faith in humanity.
11-year-old Jake has been growing out his hair for over three years, and now he’s ready to cut it all off to help a girl out there feel beautiful. But it costs money for the organization to create the wig, so Jake is hoping his community can help him foot the bill and pay for the wig’s assembly.
This fine art gallery was in danger of closing because the property owner decided to evict all the tenants with little notice. The community rallied to keep Studio Z’s doors open, and raised over $12,000 to help pay for the unexpected move and legal fees.
51-year-old Jay Swanson has finally reconnected with his long lost daughter after spending the last 20 years apart. Now the two are hoping to finally meet in person, and his wife was able to raise over $1,500 to help pay for the trip’s expenses.
New Education Trends and State-Level Giving Data Released
As children head back into classrooms nationwide, another back-to-school tradition begins again: Teachers reaching into their own wallets to pay for basic educational supplies. This year, though, GoFundMe is doing something to help resource-strapped educators who want the best for their students.
From August 17 to September 16, any GoFundMe campaign started for or by a K-12 teacher that raises $250 or more, from at least 5 donors, will receive a $50 donation from GoFundMe. In addition, the education campaign that raises the most money during that time will receive a $10,000 donation to the teacher’s school. Campaigns must include the #GFMtoSchool hashtag to qualify.
With 77% of teachers paying out of pocket for supplies at an average total of $500 per year, it’s no wonder that more and more educators are turning to GoFundMe for help. In the last two years alone, donations to education campaigns have tripled, with over $100 million raised. During this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week in April, over 2,000 GoFundMe campaigns were created by and for teachers – raising more than $1 million. Earlier this year, GoFundMe invited nine underfunded schools around the country to compete and raise money for Chromebooks in the classroom, with matching donations of up to $5,000 per campaign.
Visit our #GFMtoSchool hub here: https://www.gofundme.com/GFMtoSchool
Trends in GoFundMe Education Campaigns:
Giving back to teachers:
Resources for underfunded classrooms:
Creating outdoor experiences:
How Much Does Your State Give? Donation Data from GoFundMe:
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with over $2 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.
After losing her home in a fire three years ago, Flo has been homeless and living out of her car. Her son recently qualified for the Olympics, and when her church found out, they set up a campaign to make sure she could root him on. In less than 48 hours, enough was raised to buy her airfare and get to Rio in time.