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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Desks for Waukegan Students

Education

After the shift to home learning, teacher John Indlecoffer noticed that many students were completing classwork from their couch, bed, or some cases, their floor. Knowing that many families could not purchase desks because they were too expensive or out-of-stock, John took it upon himself to build desks for students in his district. He was able to gift 300 desks to students in need, free of charge.

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5-year-old Bond Hill

A Meditation Marathon, 20 Minutes on the 20th

Charity

5-year-old Bond wanted to spread the holiday cheer to kids who weren't as fortunate as him. In exchange for leading a free, 20-minute mediation session, Bond asked that attendees donate on behalf of the Coalition for the Homeless. This way, other kids in New York City would be able to receive toys on Christmas too. With a modest goal of $2,000, Bond received an outpouring of support and raised over $30,000 for charity.

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Rebuilding Animal Homes, Feed and Water Stations

Animals

In the aftermath of the Australian Bushfires, Penny wanted to help save the animals whose habitats were destroyed by the devastating fires. She and a crew of volunteers surveyed the damage in their community and worked with animal care units to assess the need. Eleven months later, they have built over 600 possum and kookaburra boxes, and provided 300 water stations for animals across the country.

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Camping Gear for BIPOC

Community

Momo was able to experience the beauty of America's national parks, camping sites, and hikes, but knew that many others lacked the ability to explore the great outdoors. To break down the financial barriers to camping, specifically for Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) who traditionally have less access to nature, Momo created free camping kits. Within two weeks, she distributed over 600 camping kits and is actively making more to make camping more accessible.

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Financial Literacy for Young People

Education

Tyrone Ross identified a big problem affecting young people today: financial literacy. Through an educational video series, Learn to Money, he aims to empower people with the financial tools and knowledge to thrive. With over $45,000 raised, he was able to create a pilot video, the accompanying curriculum, and a mobile website to educate and empower today's youth.

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The World Letter

Creative

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

Business

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 $500,000 to keep the lights on at the bookstore and make sure the employees are paid.

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