Beth and Dave of Southside Tattoo believe in second chances. When they realized they could use their craft to change people's lives, they started covering up racist and gang-related tattoos for free. Now, they've raised over $30,000 for laser tattoo removal equipment to erase the hate for good.
Two years ago, Dana met Mila in speech therapy. They became fast friends and worked hard to beat their stutters. Dana's got better, but Mila's didn't. It got worse. Something was wrong. Dana couldn't just stand by and watch. Instead, she decided to take action and raised over $50,000 for her friend's treatment.
One rainy Vancouver day, six-year-old Ryder was in the backseat of his family's car on the way to the aquarium. Looking out his window, he noticed several people living on the streets without rain gear—or even shoes. He didn't turn away. Instead, he started a movement.
7-year-old Walt and his little sister Naima started a GoFundMe to support a local nonprofit that helps homeless people and low-income neighbors during the holiday season. When the word spread, they quickly raised over $10,000.
When Kate's car ran out of gas on the side of the road in the middle of the night, a homeless man named Johnny walked to the station and spent his last $20 to buy her a can of gas. She wanted to pay it forward, so she started a GoFundMe and raised over $400,000 when their story became a national sensation.
In 2016, Felisha Ruehmer dragged a folding chair to her local park and gave free haircuts to the homeless. That day, she started a movement that has changed countless lives, and her GoFundMe has helped them buy an RV to offer showers in addition to haircuts. Felisha was named October 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
University of North Carolina students started a GoFundMe to give back to a beloved university employee, Joann. They asked her what she wanted most, and she said to be able to visit her son in Arizona. They set their goal at just $700 and have raised more than $7K to make her dream a reality.
Anna is a 75-year-old retiree who collects and deposits bottles to earn gift money for her children and grandchildren. When she was fined for collecting bottles in a train station, a kind stranger read her story in the newspaper and started a GoFundMe to help her cover the fine and have a better future.
Miguel Chaidez, Sr. has always been a die-hard Dodgers fan. So when they made it to the World Series, he dreamed of attending. He also knew it might be his last chance, as he was recently diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. His grandson secretly started a GoFundMe and raised over $3,600 to send his grandfather to the World Series game.
Elias was severely injured in a car accident while visiting Thailand with his friends. Because he didn’t have travel insurance, his family started a GoFundMe to cover the costs for a private hospital, emergency operation, and transport back to Germany. Over 6.500 people helped raise 150,000 Euro in just 5 days.
Goldin Martinez thought he would end up on the streets until a teacher changed his world with one simple act. Now, he's dedicated his life to helping kids get books—with exercise. He set up a GoFundMe to get his program, Get Focused, off the ground and was named Sept 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
Nathan has quadriplegia and requires a custom $4,500 wheelchair in order to move about comfortably. When his wheelchair was stolen from a Boise State football game, the community rallied around Nathan and his family and raised over $20K for his new chair.
Media group Nice-Matin started a GoFundMe to raise money for the brave firefighters who fought back the flames in the French Riviera wildfires. Over 500 people helped raise more than 27,000 Euro to thank the firefighters.
When Matt White learned about a single mom in Tucson who lives in her car with a son with special needs, he started a GoFundMe to help get them back on their feet. In just two weeks, he raised over $6,000 to help their family afford an RV.
Three elementary school students in southeast Texas started a virtual lemonade stand to raise money for their teachers who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. In just a few weeks, they raised over $2,000.