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GoFundMe
GoFundMe
is a crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses.[4][5] From 2010 to 2017, over $5 billion was raised on the platform for over two million individual campaigns and 50 million donors.[3][6] For personal campaigns in the US, Canada, and the UK, GoFundMe
GoFundMe
is a free platform.[7] The company is based in Redwood City, California, with offices in San Diego, California
California
and Dublin, Ireland, and operations in France, Spain, Germany, and the UK.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 Business model 3 Employment 4 Notable projects 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] The company was founded in May 2010 by Brad Damphousse and Andrew Ballester. Both had previously founded Paygr which is a website dedicated to allowing members to sell their services to the public.[8] Damphousse and Ballester originally created the website under the name "CreateAFund" in 2008 but later changed the name to GoFundMe
GoFundMe
after making numerous upgrades to the features of the website.[9][10] GoFundMe
GoFundMe
was founded in San Diego, California.[11] GoFundMe
GoFundMe
is the biggest crowdfunding platform, responsible for raising over $5 billion since its debut in 2010. GoFundMe
GoFundMe
receives over $140 million in donations per month. In 2016 GoFundMe
GoFundMe
made $100 million in revenue.[12] In June 2015, it was announced that Damphousse and Ballester had agreed to sell a majority stake in GoFundMe
GoFundMe
to Accel Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures. Damphousse and Ballester stepped down from the day-to-day oversight of the company. The deal valued GoFundMe
GoFundMe
at around $600 million.[13] In January 2017, GoFundMe acquired CrowdRise.[14] GoFundMe's leadership team includes Rob Solomon (CEO), Hoang Vuong (COO & CFO), Raquel Rozas (CMO), Chi-Chao Chang (CTO), and Daniel Gordon (VP of Trust, Policy, and Communications).[15] Ballester remains on the board of directors and holds an undisclosed stake in the company.[16] Business model[edit] GoFundMe
GoFundMe
allows users to create their own website with which they raise money.[4] During this process, members can describe their fundraising cause and the amount they hope to raise, and upload photos or video.[17] Once the website is created, GoFundMe
GoFundMe
allows users to share their project with people through integrated social network links (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and email. People can then donate to a user's cause through the website using a debit card or credit card [18] and track the progress of their funding. Those who donate can also leave comments on the website in support of the project. If the user receives no donations, then no charge is made.[19] Payment processors collect 2.9% and $.30 from each GoFundMe
GoFundMe
transaction.[20] GoFundMe
GoFundMe
is unique to crowdfunding in that they are not an incentive-based crowdfunding website. Although it does allow projects that are meant to fund other projects for musicians, inventors, etc., the business model is set up to allow for donations to personal causes and life events such as medical bills.[21][22][23] GoFundMe
GoFundMe
also has a special section dedicated solely to users who are trying to raise money to cover their tuition costs.[4] One of the most notable tuition projects involved helping a user raise $25,000 to pay out-of-state tuition to a PhD program.[24] GoFundMe
GoFundMe
targets social media platforms to create awareness for campaigns. GoFundMe
GoFundMe
hired Daniel Pfeiffer
Daniel Pfeiffer
in 2015 as the communications and policy chief. Pfeiffer previously served as an advisor to President Barack Obama and left the company in 2017.[25] In 2015, GoFundMe
GoFundMe
announced that the site would no longer support legal defense funds on their platform. The news came after the site suspended funding for the defense of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery that was fined for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.[26] As of November 2017, GoFundMe's terms and conditions allow for campaigns for certain kinds of legal defense.[27] In November 2017, GoFundMe
GoFundMe
announced that it will no longer charge a 5% fee per donation for US, Canada, and UK individual campaigns, and instead rely upon tips left by donors to support the website.[7] The processing fee for online credit card payments will still apply to donations.[28] Employment[edit] GoFundMe
GoFundMe
has received several awards including best workplace in technology 2017, best workplace in giving back 2017, best small and medium companies in the bay area 2017, and best medium workplace in 2016. GoFundMe
GoFundMe
has a notable give-back program where employees pick a campaign that inspires them. GoFundMe
GoFundMe
then donates $1000 to that campaign. In 2015, GoFundMe
GoFundMe
gave back more than $500,000. GoFundMe employees receive $600 a year for a wellness program benefit. This money can be used for gym memberships, gym equipment, spas, and dietary needs. GoFundMe
GoFundMe
matches 401k contributions up to six percent. GoFundMe
GoFundMe
has designed their office with open floor plans to build a collaborative work environment.[29] Notable projects[edit]

Project Amount raised Notes Date

Emily Scott's Dream 2014 Sochi $59,380 Emily Scott created this project to fund her trip to the 2014 Winter Olympics. The funds helped her get to Sochi to represent the United States on the women's speed skating team.[30][31] 000000002013-04-12-0000April 12, 2013

Bucks for Bauman $809,310 This project was created for Jeff Bauman after he lost both legs during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.[32][33] 000000002013-04-16-0000April 16, 2013

Celeste & Sydney Recovery Fund $795,985 Celeste and Sydney Corcoran were both victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Sydney suffered severe injuries as a result of being hit with shrapnel, and Celeste lost both legs below her knees. This campaign page was created for their ongoing rehabilitation.[34][35] 000000002013-04-16-0000April 16, 2013

Build Barbara Garcia a Home $73,810 After losing her home during the 2013 Moore tornado
2013 Moore tornado
in Oklahoma, Barbara Garcia was shocked to discover her dog among the wreckage in a live news interview. Moved by her story, Erin DeRuggiero of Minneapolis created this fund to build her a new home.[36][37] 000000002013-05-21-0000May 21, 2013

Support Officer Wilson $183,259 of $250,000 (as of August 27, 2014) A page was set up to solicit donations in support of Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, who in self-defense shot and killed Michael Brown. Because of the controversial issues involved, many of the attached comments were considered highly racist and inflammatory.[38] 000000002014-08-27-0000August 27, 2014

mmsdefensefund $131,796 of $200,000 (as of May 27, 2015) Nominally a legal defense fund for Louis Daniel Smith, who faced criminal charges in relation to him selling "MMS" (Miracle Mineral Supplement). On May 27, 2015, Smith was found guilty of fraud and other charges.[39] On May 31, 2015, the mmsdefensefund was removed from GoFundMe
GoFundMe
(an archived copy is available).[40] 000000002014-12-17-0000December 17, 2014

Saving Eliza $2,025,540 (as of January 5, 2016) Saving Eliza is a campaign about Eliza O'Neill started by Eliza’s father Glen. Eliza is a 5-year-old girl diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome, a form of childhood Alzheimer's. Over 37,100 donors have made contributions.[41] The campaign is funding research to stop the terminal and rapidly degenerative disease in children. Until 2016, Saving Eliza held the record for the most ever raised on GoFundMe
GoFundMe
for a single campaign.[42] 000000002015-04-18-0000April 18, 2015

Support The Grimmie Family $192,396 (as of June 26, 2016) American singer-songwriter Christina Grimmie
Christina Grimmie
was shot while signing autographs after a concert at The Plaza Live
The Plaza Live
in Orlando, Florida, and later died of complications due to injuries. Grimmie's talent agency, LH7 Management, created a fund for the Grimmie family to assist in their time of need.[43][44] 000000002016-06-11-0000June 11, 2016

Support Victims of Pulse Shooting $7,853,140 This fundraiser was created by Equality Florida
Equality Florida
to help the victims of a nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.[45][46] This campaign has raised $5 million more than the next largest campaign. Over 90,000 people have contributed to this campaign. GoFundMe
GoFundMe
headquarters donated $100,000 and waived every transaction fee for this campaign.[47] 000000002016-06-12-0000June 12, 2016

Las Vegas Victims' Fund $11,136,932 of $15,000,000 (as of October 22, 2017) This fundraiser was created by Steve Sisolak
Steve Sisolak
of the Clark County Commission to help the victims of a mass shooting from the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. 000000002017-10-02-0000October 2, 2017

Paying it Forward $402,826 This fundraiser was created by Kate McClure to help Johnny Bobbitt Jr, a homeless veteran who spent his last $20 to assist McClure after her car ran out of gas on Interstate 95
Interstate 95
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bobbitt saw her on the side of the road and walked to the nearest gas station and came back with a can of gasoline. The campaign exceeded its goal by 4000% and later updated to assist additional homeless people. The story was widely reported in US and international media.[48][49][50][51] 000000002017-11-10-0000November 10, 2017

TIME'S UP $21,289,250 (as of March 23, 2018) This fundraiser is now GoFundMe's largest ever. TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund will provide subsidized legal support to women and men who experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers.[52] 000000002017-12-20-0000December 20, 2017

March for Our Lives $2,244,136 (as of February 23, 2018) (currently ongoing) This fundraiser was created to support the March for Our Lives demonstration, set to take place on March 24, 2018. Created following the Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting by student Cameron Kasky, he states on the page that the funds would be used for organizing the march and everything left over would go to the fund set up for the victims.[53] February 18, 2018

Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund $2,083,806 (as of February 23, 2018) (currently ongoing)

Created for the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting. GoFundMe
GoFundMe
waived its platform fees and donated $50,000 towards the campaign. The funds raised from this campaign would go towards the victims and their families. February 15, 2018

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GoFundMe
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Crowdfunding
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GoFundMe
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GoFundMe
Founders to Reap a Fortune in Buyout". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 26, 2015.  ^ " GoFundMe
GoFundMe
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CrowdRise
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GoFundMe
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GoFundMe
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GoFundMe
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GoFundMe
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Crowdfunding
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GoFundMe
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GoFundMe
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GoFundMe
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March for Our Lives
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