GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, released its annual “Year in Giving” 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 , 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 , a hockey team in Canada involved in a fatal bus that killed 16 people and injured 13 others, received 1.9 million views in the first 24 hours.
We‘ve included below all 10 of the top campaigns from 2018. Although the year is almost over, you can still donate to Time‘s Up and many other causes (denoted by an asterisk) on this list. As always, consider these tips to and safely.
1. *, $22 million
Help survivors of sexual assault and harassment connect to legal resources.
2. , $15 million
People rallied behind the families of the Canadian hockey team who suffered from a devastating bus crash.
3. , $10 million
These funds provided relief and financial support to the victims and families of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
4. , $3.5 million
These donations went to the , which helped fund the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., and the .
5. *, $2 million
photographer Brandon Stanton teamed up with French social media star and his humanitarian organization, Love Army, to build homes for Rohingya refugees.
6. *, $1.2 million
After a mass in October, people donated to support survivors, victims‘ families, and the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
7. *, $1 million
Ari Fuld, an American Israeli, was to death in September by a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank. This campaign raised money to support his wife and four children.
8. , $1 million
Carter, a 6-year-old, was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome, a fatal brain disorder that currently has no cure. Donations will go to the , which funds Carter‘s clinical trial.
9. *, $910,000
Anthony Borges was shot multiple times during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This campaign supports his recovery.
10. , $763,000
This fundraiser was created to support Tia Coleman, who nine family members during a major boating accident this summer.