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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Help Fill Madi's Treasure Box

In light of the justice and equality movement, Madison made it her mission to donate multicultural crayons and books to schools in an effort to promote diversity. In just over a month, she raised over $40,000 and has received so much support that Madi's Treasure Box is in the process of becoming a nonprofit organization.

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Chemo for Our 3-Year Old Golden Retriever, Griffin

Riley and Kelan were heartbroken when they found out that their sweet golden retriever, Griffin, had cancer. They decided that they would do whatever they could to help protect their 3-year-old pup's quality of life. They asked their community for donations and nearly $15,000 has rolled in to help fund Griffin's chemotherapy treatment.

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Free Laundry Friends

What started as a small act of kindness grew into something much bigger. Seven families in the Bay Area teamed up to provide free laundry to underserved communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They raised over $21,000 to continue helping people pay for costs associated with getting their laundry done.

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Humble

When Brianna Noble founded Mulatto Meadows, her mission was to increase the exposure of marginalized communities to the incredible world of horses. Her main goal is to give youth of color and economically disenfranchised populations the opportunity to experience horseback riding. She's since raised over $63,000 to help fund students’ program costs and continue covering bills affiliated with keeping the Mulatto Meadows Humble project afloat.

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Tuskegee Airman Family

Tuskegee Airman SSgt. Homer Hogues was in need of a walk-in shower and 24/7 professional care. To pay for his care, his daughter Barbara started a GoFundMe. Their fundraiser brought in more money than they could have imagined, covering Homer's bathroom remodel and assisting with extraneous medical costs. They even received a mobility van that was donated to them by Cowtown Warriors.

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The World Letter

Cocovan decided she wanted to write a love letter to the world—and she wanted one person from every country in the world to sign it. She started a fundraiser and raised nearly $4,000 to continue her pursuit of bringing The World Letter to more countries.

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KEEP CITY LIGHTS BOOKS ALIVE

City Lights Bookstore is a beloved community space for writers and readers in San Francisco. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of many businesses, the owners of City Lights struggled to make ends meet, so they reached out to their community for help. Over 10,000 donors have contributed $490,000 to keeping the lights on at the bookstore and to ensure employees are paid.

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Philip Thomas Family Contributions

Captain Philip Thomas and his three children, Tidal, Remielle, and Mateo, were killed in Hurricane Dorian as it swept through Grand Bahama Island. Sadly, this left his wife, Barri, widowed, and childless. To support Barri, her community rallied around her and raised over $80,000 to help her get back on her feet in the wake of this tragedy.

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Help Damien get a Kidney

Damien is a foster child with kidney disease. He's been on daily dialysis for years, which has made it tough to find a home that is willing and able to care for him. Because he didn't have stable housing, he was unable to find a match for a kidney transplant. When his teacher, Finn, found out about this, he started a GoFundMe campaign for Damien. Since then, Finn has taken classes to learn how to properly care for Damien, and Damien started living with Finn. Seven months later, Damien has received a kidney transplant and is happily living with Finn with the possibility of adoption in the future.

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