Ron Finley grew up in South Central LA, known to most of the news-watching world for gang violence. But Ron knew the problems with his neighbourhood were not just in the streets but in the grocery stores, too. So Ron rolled up his sleeves, grabbed his shovel and planted a food forest. Then, he started a GoFundMe to bring gardens to schools throughout LA. Ron was named February's GoFundMe Hero.
The Berlin-based organisation Each One Teach One raised money for a screening of the movie Black Panther for 120 kids of African descent to inspire them to reach for greatness.
Eight years ago, Jamie Jenkins began her journey as a foster mother for children with disabilities. To date, she has adopted four kids and feels fortunate that she can provide them with everything they need. So when Jamie heard about another adoptive mother struggling to get by, she decided to pay it forward and started a GoFundMe. Jamie was named January's GoFundMe Hero.
8-year-old Kamden has been in a wheelchair his entire life, but he does not let that get him down. He and his best friend Paul love to race, box and even kayak. But as Kamden grew too big for his wheelchair, he started falling—and often. Paul saw his friend struggle and wanted to help, so he started a GoFundMe to "keep Kamden rollin'". Paul was named January's GoFundMe Kid Hero.
Beth and Dave of Southside Tattoo believe in second chances. When they realised they could use their craft to change people's lives, they started covering up racist and gang-related tattoos for free. Now, they have raised over $30,000 for laser tattoo removal equipment to erase the hate for good.
Two years ago, Dana met Mila in speech therapy. They became fast friends and worked hard to beat their stutters. Dana's got better, but Mila's didn't. It got worse. Something was wrong. Dana could not just stand by and watch. Instead, she decided to take action and raised over $50,000 for her friend's treatment.
Urgence Tchétchénie is a group of four French comedians who help LGBTQ people escape from the dangers of Chechnya to France, where the group finds them a host family and helps them complete their asylum paperwork.
One rainy Vancouver day, six-year-old Ryder was in the backseat of his family's car on the way to the aquarium. Looking out his window, he noticed several people living on the streets without rain gear—or even shoes. He didn't turn away. Instead, he started a movement.
7-year-old Walt and his little sister Naima started a GoFundMe to support a local nonprofit that helps homeless people and low income neighbours during the holiday season. When the word spread, they quickly raised over $10,000.
La Maison des Femmes (Women's House), in Paris's poor suburbs, is a place where women victims of sexual violence or forced marriages can come to meet doctors, psychologists and even police officers. The Maison des Femmes needed more space to welcome the women they serve. So Inna Modja, a famous singer from Mali, raised money to help them expand.
When Kate's car ran out of petrol on the side of the road in the middle of the night, a homeless man named Johnny walked to the station and spent his last $20 to buy her a can of petrol. She wanted to pay it forward, so she started a GoFundMe and raised over $400,000 when their story became a national sensation.