Giving Made Easy: Five Causes You Should Care About in 2020

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There is no question that this year has been universally turbulent and devastating for people around the world. The unpredictable events of 2020 have tragic implications for marginalized communities, families narrowly avoiding homelessness, and folks who are trying to bounce back from unemployment. It’s clear that the whole world is in need of help right now, but it’s difficult to know where your donation will make the biggest impact. Donating to a GoFundMe Cause solves this problem. 

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When you contribute to a cause, your donation is split up to support organizations actively working toward solutions, as well as individuals who are in the most need right now. Choose the cause you care about, and we’ll make sure your donation makes a powerful impact.

  • Make a tax-deductible donation to a cause you care about.
  • Our 501(c)(3),, finds and verifies fundraisers for people and charities most closely tied to the cause you chose.
  • You get to see how you’ve made a difference through the stories and updates we send directly to your inbox.

The five causes that need your help

There are many people, organizations, and regions of the world in need this year. But, these are the causes that are most in need of your support right now. 

1. Learning & Education

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the learning environment and forced students and teachers into a combination of in-person and virtual learning, making their circumstances unpredictable and costly. With these changes come new challenges, but your donation can make a difference. 

A donation to the Learning & Education Cause will benefit students and teachers navigating the COVID-19 learning environment and will also offer children the opportunity for a brighter future for years to come. Your donation will help fund organizations that are helping ensure all students have access to the internet, computers, and safe working environments. Additionally, donations will assist in funding teachers who have to adapt their classrooms to meet COVID-19 safety measures. Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, a donation to this cause will fund equal opportunities for education in the future, ensuring that both teachers and students are given the chance to achieve their highest potential. 

2. Justice & Equality

The death of George Floyd sparked a movement for racial justice in the United States that has since spread around the globe. In the months since his death, it has become clear that the fight to dismantle systemic racism is far from over, and support is needed on many fronts. If you don’t know exactly which organizations you want to support, donate to the Justice & Equality Cause and we will make sure your donation is given to organizations and people working to end racial injustices in our country. Your donation will help fund legal organizations working to overturn unjust legislation and provide financial assistance to individuals directly affected by this movement. Ultimately, you can rest assured knowing that your donation will contribute to a more equitable society.

3. COVID-19 Relief

Over 1 million people have died from COVID-19 worldwide, and over 200,000 of those deaths were in the US alone. On top of the devastating death toll, the COVID-19 pandemic has indirectly led to millions of Americans becoming unemployed, without health insurance, and unsure where they will get their next meal from. That said, a donation to the COVID-19 Relief Cause will provide help to those in immediate need. Folks around the world will continue to need financial assistance to battle the effects of this global pandemic. Your donation can provide the personal protective equipment and monetary support millions of folks need to get through and recover from COVID-19. 

4. Basic Necessities

A study conducted by the Urban Institute at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic found that 25% of adults were worried about being able to pay for rent, medical and household bills, and food. When you consider that in addition to the 550,000 folks who experience homelessness in America on a regular basis, it is clear that millions of people need help paying for basic necessities. 

Donating to the Basic Necessities Cause provides direct aid to folks who are experiencing homelessness or on the brink of finding themselves on the streets without the basic necessities they need to survive. We all need food and shelter, but we all need hope, too. Your donation can provide all of that and more for someone who is having trouble covering expenses for basic necessities.

5. Animal Rescue

Many of our furry animal friends rely on animal shelters and animal rescue organizations for food and protection. While the pandemic has led to a surge in pet adoptions, there will always be homeless pets. Keep in mind that wild animals caught in wildfires on the West Coast or flood zones in the Southeast also are in need of human support to survive. Your donation will directly contribute to assisting with wildlife search and rescue, emergency vet care costs for animals affected by natural disasters, and community spay and neuter programs. If you’re hoping to give back and know that your donation touches the lives of many, the Animal Rescue Cause is perfect for you. 

Feel the joy of giving by helping others 

Now, more than ever before, individuals and organizations need a helping hand to face these tough times. If you don’t have time to research which organizations you’d like to support, contribute to one of the causes above, or donate to all five. We’ll do the research for you to ensure your generosity makes an impact. In addition to your donation being tax-deductible, you’ll receive updates about the people you’ve helped straight to your inbox. It can be hard to figure out where your dollar is most needed, but don’t let that stop you from taking action. Together, we can create a better tomorrow. 

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