It’s been an incredible six years so far. When we started this thing called CrowdRise I’m not sure that any of us knew what it would look like at the start of 2017. It was a simple idea — to create a place where you plant a flag and say this is who I am, as defined by what I care about. The goal was not to try to suggest to you what you ought to care about. Just to give you a place to find your own way.
In the process we created a number of incredible crowdfunding tools that allowed tens of thousands of nonprofits, races, events and corporations to leverage the power of their crowd to do good and impact the world. All in, the CrowdRise platform has been used to raise over $500 million in donations.
On January 10th, we announced our merger with GoFundMe, the world’s largest platform for charitable giving. GoFundMe has been used by over 2mm people to raise money from over 25mm donors. Over $3bn has been raised on GoFundMe since 2010.
From our first conversations, I knew CrowdRise and GoFundMe would be a natural combination. We share the same conviction that there needs to be a platform specific to people’s passion to support causes just as much as there are platforms for their social lives, their business lives, and anything else. GoFundMe has built one of the most powerful tools for social good ever and we are so psyched to join forces with them.
The amazing teams at CrowdRise and GoFundMe see this partnership as a revolution in the way money will be raised for causes across the world and we can’t wait to get started.
There are lots of ways to get involved and offer your support. Provide direct relief for victims and their families, support the LGBT community to build tolerance and love or help make systemic changes to prevent future tragedies.
2015 was a big year for CrowdRise specifically, crowdfunding generally and Donald Trump politically. And so why don’t we run down the 16 most popular fundraisers on CrowdRise – as chosen by you, the people. Let’s go!
A new life for a Syrian family torn apart by war
Humans of New York and Edward Norton teamed up to raise over $460,000 on CrowdRise in just a few days for a Syrian refugee and his family as they relocate to Detroit. Such a powerful and amazing online fundraiser.
Crazy virtual reality captures the impact on #GivingTuesday
On #GivingTuesday, over 1,200 charities rallied to raise more than $5.8 million and make the CrowdRise Giving Tower the tallest building in the world. The CrowdRise Giving Tower was the best way for charities to raise money on #GivingTuesday and we’re bringing it all back for 2016.
TCS NYC Marathon rallies to raise over $19 million for good
Thousands of TCS New York City Marathon runners launched their own fundraising pages and rallied to raise over $19 million for hundreds of amazing causes. Just one awesome example of so, so many of endurance fundraisers on CrowdRise.
Funding new legs for elephants injured by landmines
The Asian Elephant hospital in Thailand needs help to build a factory that willprovide prosthetic legs to elephants and give them a chance to walk again. This is one of those unique online fundraisers that you just can’t get out of your head.
Eddie Vedder CrowdRises to cure debilitating skin disease
EB is a devastating genetic skin disorder that causes skin to tear apart and blister from the slightest touch. Eddie co-founded a research group to help find a cure and it has raised nearly $100,000. This is a great example of celebrities using their influence for good.
Following in Forrest Gump’s footsteps to fight poverty
Barclay ran across the USA, Forrest Gump-style, and raised over $11,000 for the Hall Steps Foundation, founded to fight poverty around the world by improving health. This is a great example of leveraging the power of crowdfunding to make a real difference.
Forever changing the lives of 3 kids in Honduras in 24 hours
Justice for Cecil the Lion means fighting to end future poaching
Cecil, a beloved 13-year-old lion, was killed for sport in July. The world responded by raising over $70,000 to help protect other animals and end poaching for good. These sorts of mass mobilizations are what we had in mind when we started CrowdRise.
Allstate Purple Purse Challenge raises $3.1 million
Domestic violence charities rallied their communities in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge and raised nearly $3.1 million collectively for the cause. And yeah, that’s Olivia Pope AKA Kerry Washington. She’s a big fan of crowdfunding.
Helping Army vet Chris Mintz, who tried to protect fellow students during Oregon shooting
Chris Mintz, an Army veteran, was shot while trying to warn students at a Southern Oregon college under attack by a gunman. Donations help with his recovery medical costs. This guy is a hero, and we were beyond proud to help raise over $30,000 for him.
The 2015 Boston Marathon raises over $1 million for every mile in the race
The John Hancock Boston Marathon community raised over $26 million for charityin 2015. That‘s more than a million dollars for every mile on the historic course. Such an amazing example of online fundraising in action.
Helping a displaced family in Haiti get their own home, all in 24 hours
Melody used her bat mitzvah to CrowdRise and help orphaned elephants in Kenya
Melody and her family traveled to Nairobi to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphan Project. She was so moved, she asked friends and family to support their efforts in lieu of any bat mitzvah gifts. And she raised nearly $22,000! Mazel tov!
Revlon ‘Love is On’ raises $4.1 million for women’s health
Revlon used a $1 million dollar grand prize to help women’s health organizations spread the love and raise over $4.1 million for their causes. This was a great example of corporate philanthropy leveraging the latest technologies.
100% pro bono lawyer project helps those who can‘t afford legal help
Melanie quit her job as a lawyer and set out on a cross country tour giving pro bono legal help to those in need. Currently she’s working with migrant farmworkers who aren’t receiving full due process rights in rural California – and raised over $16,500 in the process. And they said lawyers are bad?
Saving the Gray girls from a rare brain disease
The Grays were devastated when they found out both Charlotte and Gwenyth have a neurodegenerative brain disease called Batten CNL6. They are fundraising on CrowdRise to fund the urgent medical research needed to save the lives of the Gray girls – So far their online fundraiser has raised over $108,000. These are the sorts of online fundraisers that CrowdRise was built for.
Not a bad 2015, amirite? Well here’s to a bigger, better and more helpful 2016.
Having already redefined charity and launched an operation to help the inventor of Operation get—yep—an operation, online fundraising is poised to be come the way to bring people, resources, and communities together for big-time change.
In case you missed it, we’ve got a glimpse of how crowdfunding is making news and changing views around the globe this month. Continue reading…