GoFundMe donates to GoFundMe that’s trolling another GoFundMe

GoFundMe donates to GoFundMe that’s trolling another GoFundMe

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We forgive you if you’re feeling a bit confused. 

GoFundMe, the company, just donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe campaign set up to both counter and troll yet another GoFundMe campaign. But wait, it gets even weirder. In this convoluted battle of the GoFundMes, the tech company comes down on the humane side. 

Welcome to San Francisco, 2019, where nothing makes sense, but you can still count on the city to collectively thumb its nose at some cartoonishly awful jerks. 

According to SF Weekly, this all started with a group of wealthy San Francisco residents uniting to oppose the construction of a Navigation Center — think of it as a more comprehensive homeless shelter that offers services and counseling as well as a place to sleep — in their mostly fancy neighborhood.  Read more…

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Anti-vaxxers can no longer raise money on GoFundMe

Anti-vaxxers can no longer raise money on GoFundMe

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GoFundMe is cracking down on anti-vaxxers.

The popular fundraising website says it will no longer allow anti-vaccine groups and activists to raise money to spread anti-vaccination conspiracies on its platform, according to a statement provided to The Daily Beast

“Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform,” said GoFundMe spokesperson Bobby Whithorne in a similar statement provided to Mashable. 

The company’s policies state that “products that make health claims that have not been approved or verified” by regulatory bodies are prohibited from using its service. Read more…

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This campaign wants UK politicians to wake up to the dangers of the gender data gap

This campaign wants UK politicians to wake up to the dangers of the gender data gap

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The real-world ramifications of the gender data gap are all around, us all the time. 

From the size of the phone currently in your palm, to the temperature of the office you’re sitting in, to the way your car has been built, to the way the medicine you take has been made. 

A new book by feminist campaigner and author Caroline Criado Perez has uncovered the dangers of not collecting data about women, and the fact that data bias is putting women’s lives at risk. 

A new GoFundMe campaign led by writer and activist Tracy King aims to send a copy of the book — Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men — to every MP in the country in the hope that lawmakers will take action about this important issue.  Read more…

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GoFundMe launches official campaign for workers impacted by government shutdown

GoFundMe launches official campaign for workers impacted by government shutdown

GoFundMe is partnering with Deepak Chopra to launch a different kind of campaigns. The company is going beyond its usual role as a platform and hosting its own campaign to provide relief for government workers impacted by the current government shutdown. The company is partnering with several nonprofit organizations that are providing support to government […]…

The power of viral crowdfunding campaigns in a year of bad news

The power of viral crowdfunding campaigns in a year of bad news

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When James Shaw Jr. decided to launch a GoFundMe in honor of victims of a deadly shooting at a Waffle House in Nashville earlier this year, he set a modest goal of $15,000.  

Shaw, however, had just become famous as the “Waffle House hero” after tackling and disarming the alleged gunman. The GoFundMe he launched with a few of his friends quickly went viral, and it ultimately raised $241,000.

“I was doing it just to help out, ’cause I know losing a child in that kind of way, and you have to plan that funeral, as young as they were, they probably didn’t have insurance,” says Shaw. “It was just my way of trying to ease the pain.” Read more…

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There’s now a hilarious GoFundMe to build escalators over Trump’s border wall

There’s now a hilarious GoFundMe to build escalators over Trump’s border wall

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One sharp-minded denizen of the world wide web has stepped up to meet the furor over the GoFundMe campaign to fund President Trump’s long-sought border wall with one of his own: funding an escalator that scales that wall.

It’s a brilliant bit of trolling from Boston-based freelance journalist Luke O’Neil whose newsletter, “Hell World,” dives into the intersection of cruelty and stupidity. It perfectly encapsulates something like a GoFundMe campaign to build a border wall for a president who promised Mexico — not taxpayers — would pay for it. 

LETS DO THIS COME ON PATRIOTS pic.twitter.com/SuIbL2hyZJ

— luke o’neil (@lukeoneil47) December 20, 2018 Read more…

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Time’s Up tops list of most successful GoFundMe campaigns in 2018

Time’s Up tops list of most successful GoFundMe campaigns in 2018

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GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, released its annual “Year in Giving” report for 2018, which includes data about the most generous U.S. states and cities, global trends, and best of all, the top fundraisers by the numbers. 

The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, founded to provide legal support to people who have experienced sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, raised $22 million to become the largest GoFundMe campaign of all time. 

The top 10 fundraisers of 2018 collectively raised $58 million. Nearly two-thirds of people who donated to GoFundMe campaigns were first-time donors. Not only were people eager to give, they were also quick. A fundraiser for the Humboldt Broncos, a hockey team in Canada involved in a fatal bus crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 others, received 1.9 million views in the first 24 hours.  Read more…

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