GoFundMe Launches Challenge to Help Raise Money for Flint Water Crisis

Company will Donate $10,000 to GoFundMe Campaign that raises the most by in the next week

Jan 22, 2016, 12:19 ET from GoFundMe

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GoFundMe, the world's largest personal fundraising site, today launched a contest to help raise money for the Flint Water Crisis. The GoFundMe campaign that raises the most money between 6:00am PT on Friday, January 22, through 6:00pm PT on Friday, January 29, to provide clean drinking water to the people of Flint, will receive a $10,000 contribution from GoFundMe.

Good samaritans from Michigan and the surrounding states are using GoFundMe campaigns to raise money to provide clean drinking water to the victims of the Flint Water Crisis. Collectively, they have raised nearly $150,000 for this cause, and the donations continue to pour in from all over the country.

"Seeing community members come together online to help in times of crisis is one of the most amazing things about GoFundMe, and the situation in Flint is no exception. We applaud each of these campaign organizers for the very real impact they are making in the lives of the many Flint residents who do not currently have access to clean drinking water," said Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO.

On January 5, 2016, a federal state of emergency was declared in Flint, Michigan, due to the dangerous levels of lead present in the public's water supply. It is estimated that over 8,600 children have been exposed to this contamination. Many families are now having to live off of store-bought bottled water, though few can afford it.

Solomon continued, "We hope that this challenge will inspire a friendly competition between these wonderful campaign organizers, with the overall goal of raising as much money as possible for those affected by this terrible crisis."

To view the Flint campaigns that have been set up on GoFundMe, click here.

To view the rules and guidelines for the contest click here.