Basic Necessities Cause Fund

For so many Americans, a safe home and a warm meal is not their reality. Americans face homelessness and housing insecurity at a growing rate caused, in part, by decreasing employment and increasing housing costs. Factors such as race, generational poverty, and illness add to the likelihood that an individual or family will experience extreme scarcity. 

Families make up 35% of the unhoused population and the added uncertainties of COVID-19 are putting countless more at risk. Families and individuals who once kept a delicate balance of income and needs are finding themselves at a tipping point. They are making the hard choice of paying rent or buying food, of seeing a doctor or keeping the lights on.  

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Together as a community of donors, we can offer the security of a safe bed, a full pantry, and a warm coat. Let’s help change the lives of individuals and families in our communities.

Who benefits from your donation? 
When you make a donation to the Essential Needs Cause Fund, you help individuals access their most essential needs (shelter, food, and clothing), as well as organizations offering community outreach programs. With your generosity, we can help stock a food bank, help a family stay in stable housing, and so much more.

Am I eligible for a grant? 
To qualify for a grant from the Essential Needs Cause Fund, the GoFundMe fundraiser’s purpose must be to benefit people who need help affording basic expenses related to essential needs (shelter, food, and clothing), or an organization providing essential needs (or grants for that purpose) to a charitable class. 

To learn more about how GoFundMe Causes work, visit our FAQ.

Funds raised on this fundraiser will be managed by GoFundMe.Org, an independent non-profit organization registered in the United States (EIN 81-2279757). Donors support the GoFundMe.Org fund and GoFundMe.Org selects and then distributes donations to verified GoFundMe fundraisers and aid to organizations that help those affected. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

This cause has been selected to be part of our holiday Joy of Giving campaign. To learn more about each cause, check out our Joy of Giving page.


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