Success Stories

GoFundMe is a platform built on the generosity of individuals around the world. Together, the GoFundMe community has changed the lives of millions of people. With over $9 billion raised from more than 120 million donations, we’re just getting started. Below are a few GoFundMe success stories to help inspire you to start a fundraiser of your own.

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Tuition for FGLI Hispanic Student

Education

After being accepted into her dream college, Alondra was excited to start a career in STEM research. But, she discovered that her mom lost her job during the pandemic and was behind on two months of rent. To avoid potential eviction, Alondra used the entirety of her college savings to cover the missed payments. Alondra made the decision to use the entirety of her college savings to catch up on rent. When she turned to online fundraising, she was able to raise over $177,000 to fulfill her dream of attending her top school.

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Keep The Shelters Clear

Animals

With fewer animals in the shelter due to high adoption rates, shelters are now able to focus on the most difficult cases that come into their care, from injuries to chronic conditions. Matt, a longtime dog lover, wanted to help at-risk dogs get the medical care they deserve, as well as a place to stay until their forever homes are found. With over $23,000 raised, Matt was able to distribute the donations across 10 organizations, all of which have the same goal of helping the dogs who need it most.

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Bronx Bound Books

Bronx Bound Books a bookstore on wheels!

Business

According to Latanya, "Every neighborhood in The Bronx deserves a bookstore, even if it’s just for one day." Through Bronx Bound Books, a bookstore on wheels, Latanya aims to improve literacy in her community and make books more accessible for all. Generous supporters donated over $7,500 to help Latanya renovate the interior of the bus and purchase a small inventory of books.

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Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

Support for Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple!

Community

When the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple was broken into and vandalized, a local organization started a fundraiser on the temple's behalf to cover the cost of repairs and implement much-needed security measures. The community rallied together and quickly exceeded the initial goal of $30,000. In just one month, people across the world donated over $90,000 to support the temple during its time of need.

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San Jose Dance Theatre Costumes Fund

Creative

On January 6, 2021, the San José Dance Theatre was shocked to find that their costume storage facility had been robbed. This was an especially devastating loss because the costumes were not only handmade but thoughtfully designed, created, and maintained by their two volunteer costume directors. To recreate these one-of-a-kind pieces, the San José Dance Theatre turned to its vibrant arts community for support and received over $14,000 in donations to purchase the materials needed for new costumes.

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Keep Seniors at RBJ Fed and Warm!

Charity

The Rebekah Baines Johnson Center is an assisted living community providing quality affordable housing and services for 160 seniors in East Austin, Texas. To keep residents warm during the cold winter months, Ella started a fundraiser to help cover the cost of prepared meals, blankets, water, and flashlights. Over $27,000 was raised to keep the seniors warm and fed.

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Nick's Cross Country Southern Tier Bike Tour

Travel

When Nick got the opportunity to turn his lifelong dream of cycling across the country into reality, he knew he had to act on it. But, he needed a way to cover the cost of his daily expenses like food and lodging. Through his GoFundMe, Nick raised nearly $10,000 to support his cross-country journey and donated over 50% of the money raised to a local animal shelter in his hometown.

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