REDWOOD CITY Calif., Aug. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Welcome to the first edition of Trending on Tuesdays, a weekly round-up of what's new on GoFundMe. You can expect compelling stories from a variety of verticals. If anything catches your eye, please don't hesitate to contact us for additional information or interviews at [email protected].
GoFundMe Community Rallies for Louisiana
With more than 5,000 campaigns that have raised over $6 million so far, the GoFundMe community has raised more for the survivors of the Louisiana floods than for any other domestic natural disaster. We feature two of these campaigns below, as well as other highlights from our platform.
Community Sends 73-Year-Old to Finland for Air Guitar World Championships
$4,620 raised by 54 people in 24 days
Campaign organizers write: "On August 25, Bob turns 73. That is the very same night of the Air Guitar World Championships Dark Horse round. We want Bob to win one of the final spots in the competition and become the Oldest-Ever Air Guitarist to play at the Air Guitar World Championships. This is Bob's year to join up with the Canadian Champ and take his message of world peace and his air guitar mojo for his shot at becoming the 2016 Air Guitar World Champion. Help us get him there and raise some money for Right To Play, his charity."
Katrina Survivor Raises Money for Flood Victims
New Orleans, LA
$32,846 raised by 862 people in 7 days
Rubia Garcia, a New Orleans native and Katrina survivor, started this campaign to help the victims of the recent floods in Louisiana. As she writes in her campaign, "I am only a teacher so my finances are limited, but my compassion and sympathy for those struggling are limitless. I remember the feeling in my heart when I saw perfect strangers going out of their way to help my family."
8-Year-Old CEO of Jalen's Bakery Raising Money to Buy a House, Go to College
$4,047 raised by 136 people in 18 days
Jalen is the 8-year old CEO of Jalen's Bakery. With the help of his mom he hopes to make his dreams come true. He wants to own a house, raise funding for college, continue to give back to the community and to learn the life of being a young entrepreneur. Funds received from his GoFundMe campaign will help Jalen's Bakery to fulfill online ordering and shipping nationwide, and overall expand his business in order to reach all of his goals.
No-Kill Shelter in Louisiana Rescues More Than 90 Animals from Flood Waters
New Orleans, LA
$132,923 raised by 2,824 people in 8 days
On August 12, 2016, the Denham Springs Animal Shelter—the only municipal no kill facility in Louisiana— was engulfed in rising flood waters. The dedicated staff and volunteers fought to save as many animals as possible from the flood waters, eventually having to unlatch the kennel doors and let the dogs swim out and climb onto the roof. Currently, all animals leaving are being transferred to other no kill groups. The staff are grateful to see their animals moving out and getting a chance to be seen by a whole new group of potential adoptive families.
Campaigns that benefit a teacher or a classroom started between August 17th and September 16th will receive a $50 donation to help build momentum. On top of that, the classroom campaign that raises the most money will win an additional $10,000 for their school.
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world's largest online fundraising platform, with over $2 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.