GoFundMe North Carolina: Tar Heel State Raises Over $74.4 Million

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. -- GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, today released new data highlighting the giving community in North Carolina. Throughout the the state, people have started 93,000 GoFundMes, raising more than $74.4 million from 1.2 million total donations. The Charlotte metro area has created 22,000 campaigns, raising $19.3 million from 294,000 donations.

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“Whether it’s a young entrepreneur, a teacher raising money for student activities, or a member of the community who has fallen on tough times, people in North Carolina always step up to help. Millions of people have donated to thousands of GoFundMe campaigns to generously help their friends, family, and local communities during times of need,” said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon.

Charlotte - GoFundMe Giving Fast Facts

In total, campaigns located in the Charlotte area have raised $19.3 million.
This region has created over 22,000 GoFundMes.
The average donation is $62.
In 2016, over 8,800 campaigns have raised over $8.1 million from 121,000 donations in this region.

Rebuild Camp Grimes Dining Hall
On November 13, the Belk Dining Hall at Camp Grimes burned to the ground. Dave Ritchie, who is an Assistant Boy Scout Executive, started a GoFundMe to rebuild the 40-year-old hall. Because the Mecklenburg Scout Reservation, on which Camp Grimes sits, hosts 40,000 camper nights per year, the Boy Scouts are hoping to raise $500,000 to rebuild. Camp Grimes is one of many structures on the 1,115-acre Boy Scout reservation. In the month since Ritchie launched the GoFundMe, it has raised over $39,000 from 157 donors.

Project Christmas
Fourth grade teacher Kelsey LaBar Black set up a GoFundMe called Project Christmas to make sure her students were warm and had enough school supplies this year. On her campaign she wrote, “For the past 2 years you've helped us provided Christmas joy to the 4th graders in our school. With the help of family, friends, and strangers across the nation, we've given over 130 scholars winter jackets, hats and gloves, uniforms, play clothes, pajamas, socks, books, and toys.” This year, she’s fundraising again for her 70 students. So far, in one month since launching this year’s project christmas, Kelsey has raised $6,605 from 80 donors.

Save the Milestone
The Milestone Club is a live music institution in Charlotte, NC. First opened in 1969, the Club has hosted great musicians, including R.E.M., Nirvana, Melissa Etheridge, and many more. Forty-six years of live shows have taken a toll on the building, and the owners, Stephanie and Jon Hughes, started a GoFundMe to help with repairs. They wrote, “The Milestone Club is badly in need of repair to continue to be the constant the city of Charlotte needs.” In 8 months, their community has responded and 727 people have helped raised $44,000 for the Milestone.

To view GoFundMe's 2016 Year in Giving report, please click here. 

About GoFundMe
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world's largest social fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.

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