After reading a news story about a struggling 86-year-old Jazz drummer named Steve Hideg, Tim decided to start a campaign to help the musician with his living expenses. In just a few days, strangers from all over country donated more than $19K to support Steve.
In 2016, Donnie Davis launched a campaign to transform an old campground property into a micro-home community for his fellow veterans suffering from PTSD. All community residents receive free housing, food, and counseling until they recover. Donnie was named July 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
Gavin started a lemonade stand to support his local humane society and a nonprofit for children with disabilities. He set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise extra money from people who couldn't stop by the stand, and he even got a surprise visit from one of his favorite hockey players, Matt Murray.
Aaron Tucker witnessed a serious car crash while on his way to an important job interview. Without hesitation, he ran to help. When Karin saw the news and learned that Aaron lives in a halfway house, she started a campaign for him as a thank you for his bravery.
Scarlett Lewis's son, Jesse, was killed in the 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. Rather than succumb to hate and anger, Scarlett decided to choose love. She founded a nonprofit in Jesse's honor to provide free social-emotional learning curricula to schools and prevent more hateful tragedies. She started a campaign to expand their program and was named June 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
Baset is a 17-year-old trumpeter from Afghanistan whose first campaign allowed him to attend Interlochen Arts Academy. Then three Americans—including two professional musicians—started a second campaign to help Baset stay in the U.S. and continue to study music in safety. Baset and his helpers were named May 2017's GoFundMe Heroes.
This Florida man spends his days off cleaning veterans' headstones. Donors from all over the U.S. have helped him afford cleaning supplies and travel expenses for his mission.
Christina and Christopher recently adopted a family of six siblings that didn't want to be separated. Their new grandmother started a campaign to buy them a passenger van so the whole family could travel together, and they raised over $60,000.
Caitlin Cimini is the founder of Rancho Relaxo, an animal rescue farm that has saved over 300 animals from abuse, neglect, or slaughter. She started a campaign to expand Rancho Relaxo's rescue operation into a neighboring property and was named an April 2017 GoFundMe Hero.
When the wind blew away Yesenia's tax refund check, she thought all hope was lost. But that night a man named Sergio showed up on her doorstep with her check in hand. When Yesenia learned Sergio was struggling financially, she started a GoFundMe campaign to thank him for his kindness.
Jason Parker's dog, Gunnar, was hit by a car and became a paraplegic. With the help of friends, Gunnar got a cart and regained his mobility. Then Jason decided to pay it forward. To date, his campaign for his nonprofit has helped give over 350 free carts to paralyzed animals, and Jason was named an April 2017 GoFundMe Hero.
Katie Blomquist's first campaign raised $80,000 to purchase every student at her school a bike and helmet. She started a second campaign for her new nonprofit, Going Places, which aims to give joy to children and teachers in underserved communities.
Lewis was only 17 months old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. 13 surgeries and 14 years later, he realized that his illness prevented him from going to school and making friends. Lewis started Friend Finder to help young people like himself make friends, and his GoFundMe campaign for the group's first Prom raised over £17K.
After his mother died of cancer, Ryan wanted to do something to help others. He learned that chemotherapy changes or destroys many patients' sense of taste, so he decided to start Life Kitchen: free cooking classes for people living with cancer. In just a month, Ryan's campaign to get Life Kitchen off the ground raised over £7K.
When Donald Carter walked into his local Popeye's, he met a woman behind the counter named Shajuana. She was tired of her job and dreamed of going to nursing school. Donald decided to start a campaign for her as a random act of kindness and raised enough to send her to nursing school.
Officer Bobby White responded to a noise complaint about teens playing basketball in the street. Instead of breaking up their game, he joined in, and his dash cam video went viral. Bobby started a campaign to set up a nonprofit that builds bridges between cops and communities and was named March 2017's GoFundMe Hero.
Jérôme Jarre and his friends Casey Neistat, Juanpa Zurita, Chakabars Clarke, and Ben Stiller wanted to do something about the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, and they knew the old-school methods of helping out weren’t going to cut it. So they started a GoFundMe campaign to launch their own initiative: The Love Army.