Support the new Basic Necessities Cause — where a single donation benefits individuals who need help covering essential living expenses and the charities working to assist them.

Every day at GoFundMe, we see stories of people who are struggling to make ends meet in the wake of losing their job, the death of a loved one, or an unexpected emergency. These heartbreaking stories are significantly more common in the face of uncertainty such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a natural disaster, or a government shutdown. In 2020 alone, the global GoFundMe community has raised over $100 million for tens of thousands of fundraisers focused on basic living expenses. …


In early March, GoFundMe CEO Tim Cadogan wrote in a post that the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic “have tested humanity in ways most of us have never known.” Since then, the public has rallied around each other to provide unceasing support for friends, family members, and even strangers in need — all while navigating the pandemic firsthand.

To better understand the GoFundMe community’s ever-changing response to COVID-19, we are sharing data on pandemic-related fundraisers and donations over a six-month period. Here is what we learned:

Outpouring of global support

Between March 1 and August 31, 2020, the GoFundMe community responded to the widespread impact of the pandemic by raising over $625 million through over 9 million donations for frontline workers, small businesses, causes, organizations, and more. …


GoFundMe Kid Heroes celebrates the kids who are using GoFundMe to change their communities and the world.

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Grace was only 10 years old when her mother passed away after a three-year fight with leukemia. Grace promised herself she would do something meaningful to honor her mother’s memory and she made good on her promise by building a nonprofit from the ground up. She has since sent over 60,000 cards filled with love to children around the world who are battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. With the world now grappling with the coronavirus crisis, 18-year-old Grace knew she wanted to help children who are battling illnesses in the hospital, isolated from their families. …


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A Letter from GoFundMe CEO Tim Cadogan

Across the world we are facing uncertain times together as the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve. Many are facing social and work isolation, financial hardship, or even a loved one hospitalized. And many are coming to help those in need and lending a helping hand. During this challenging time I want to take a brief moment to outline the steps we are taking to help as many people as possible. At no other time in GoFundMe’s ten year history have we seen such an urgent need or such an incredible outpouring of support in such a short time.

The global GoFundMe community is coming together to support each other at an unprecedented rate. More than 22,000 COVID-19 related fundraisers have been created in the past several weeks. Communities have come together in the face of overwhelming uncertainty and in a short time have raised over $40 million for those in need. …


GoFundMe Kid Heroes celebrates the kids who are using GoFundMe to change their communities and the world.

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As Jane Khan’s thirteenth birthday approached, she found herself asking how she could help people experiencing homelessness in her neighborhood of Deer Park, Texas. Jane went to her parents with an idea: She wanted to spend her birthday giving people items that would make them feel loved. Jane originally made a goal of helping 500 people living on the street—but with the support of her community, Jane’s project became more significant than she ever could have dreamed.

Jane’s parents, Becky and Max, have always encouraged her to seek out ways that she could help others. Growing up in a supportive church community, Jane’s family frequently spent Christmas with families who had nowhere else to go, served food to those in need, and passed out blankets to people who were sleeping on the streets. …


GoFundMe Heroes celebrates the everyday people who do extraordinary things on GoFundMe

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Dr. Kwane Stewart was already an experienced veterinarian when he decided to help the less fortunate in his community. After spending an afternoon offering medical care to the pets of people experiencing homelessness, he learned an important lesson: These animals provided more than companionship to their owners — they also offered love, hope, and security. What Dr. Kwane initially thought would be a one-off experience has since turned into a nine-year mission to help four-legged pets across Southern California and beyond.

Modesto, California was a tough place to call home during the Great Recession — even for pets. Dr. Kwane was working as a county veterinarian at the time and recalls the influx of surrendered animals that arrived at his shelter. Many people were forced to relinquish their pets because they couldn’t afford their medical care, which sparked an idea for Dr. …


Rob Solomon to continue role as Chairman of the Board

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The GoFundMe team is excited to welcome our new CEO, Tim Cadogan to the company. Current CEO, Rob Solomon will continue his role as chairman of the board and will remain actively involved in determining the strategic direction of GoFundMe.

Ten years ago, the GoFundMe founders, Brad Damphousse and Andy Ballester, had the idea of creating a fundraising site. They quickly realized that people truly DO want to help one another. They built the foundation, hired the right people and created a culture that is uniquely GoFundMe. This became the start of the GoFundMe you know today.

As they grew the business, and wanted to scale, they brought on Rob Solomon to take the reins. His expertise in consumer technology start-ups and business leadership fueled the growth trajectory of the company. Rob led us through a business model change, acquired companies that furthered our giving layer vision and built a community that has raised over $9 billion from more than 120 million donations. We have become the Internet’s take action button. …


GoFundMe Kid Heroes celebrates the kids who are using GoFundMe to change their communities and the world.

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Sir Darius was heartbroken when he discovered that hundreds of dogs had been left homeless after Hurricane Harvey and Irma ravaged the Southeastern United States in 2017. When he learned that many pups were being transferred to shelters close to his home in New Jersey, he hatched a plan. With a little creativity and the aid of his sister, he found a way to make furry friends look their best — ultimately helping animals around the world find their forever homes.

The story of Beaux & Paws from Sir Darius’ interview on GoFundMe’s podcast, True Stories of Good People:

The story of how 13-year-old Sir Darius started helping animals began long before Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit. The idea for his project took hold when he began helping his sister create hair bows on her sewing machine when he was 8 years old. He had been diagnosed with a speech, comprehension, and fine motor skills delay and was working on ways to improve his hand-eye coordination. At first, Sir Darius began by simply cutting fabric. With the supervision of his sister Dazhai, he eventually learned how to sew and make bow ties for himself. …


GoFundMe Heroes celebrates the everyday people who do extraordinary things on GoFundMe

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Kevin Upshur has called the Philadelphia neighborhood of Strawberry Mansion home for his entire life — so it was painful for him to watch as the area became consumed by drugs and violence over the years. When his family decided to close their neighborhood bar amid the violence, Kevin was determined to use the space for good. He transformed the former watering hole into a learning and education center, and nearly thirteen years later, he’s still bringing hope and education to children and teens.

Over the decades, Kevin watched as drugs and violence crept into Strawberry Mansion.

“That meant the business changed too,” says Kevin. “The people who were coming into our bar were involved in a lot of drug activity and crime.” …


GoFundMe Kid Heroes celebrates the kids who are using GoFundMe to change their communities and the world.

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When 5-year-old Jahkil Jackson first handed out food to folks living on the streets, he was saddened to learn that not everyone had homes to sleep in. He wanted people experiencing homelessness in Chicago to know that their community cared about them, so he thought of a small solution that’s had a big impact. Seven years later, Jahkil has helped over 30,000 people in his community and beyond — and his dream to help others keeps growing, one Blessing Bag at a time.

In the words of Jahkil and his parents, Na-Tae’ and Jamiel — the story of Project I Am from their interview on GoFundMe’s podcast, True Stories of Good…

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