We recently heard some great news from our partners at CrowdRise—they merged with GoFundMe! GuideStar is proud to partner with CrowdRise (and more than 200 other platforms) to provide the nonprofit data that fuels intelligent giving all across the sector. This merger means that more people will have better information to make better giving decisions, something that is vital to our mission.
We are excited to share this note with you from CrowdRise’s co-founder Edward Norton. For more information on how CrowdRise can help your organization meet your fundraising goals, go to www.crowdrise.com.
It’s been an incredible six years so far. When we started this thing called CrowdRise I’m not sure that any of us knew what it would look like at the start of 2017. It was a simple idea—to create a place where you plant a flag and say this is who I am, as defined by what I care about. The goal was not to try to suggest to you what you ought to care about. Just to give you a place to find your own way.
In the process we created a number of incredible crowdfunding tools that allowed tens of thousands of nonprofits, races, events and corporations to leverage the power of their crowd to do good and impact the world. All in, the CrowdRise platform has been used to raise over $500 million in donations.
On January 10th, we announced our merger with GoFundMe, the world’s largest platform for charitable giving. GoFundMe has been used by over 2mm people to raise money from over 25mm donors. Over $3bn has been raised on GoFundMe since 2010.
From our first conversations, I knew CrowdRise and GoFundMe would be a natural combination. We share the same conviction that there needs to be a platform specific to people’s passion to support causes just as much as there are platforms for their social lives, their business lives, and anything else. GoFundMe has built one of the most powerful tools for social good ever and we are so psyched to join forces with them.
The amazing teams at CrowdRise and GoFundMe see this partnership as a revolution in the way money will be raised for causes across the world. For nonprofits, in particular, it means the same CrowdRise brand and relentless customer service our partners have come to love. Plus, we'll be significantly expanding our team and developing a more robust platform to embrace the specific needs of nonprofits and our awesome community of Decent Humans.
Edward Norton, CrowdRise Co-Founder