San Diego Startup Changes the Way America Gives

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Online fundraising website, GoFundMe, showcases local giving opportunities in towns across America.

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With our Search feature, residents can now donate to a youth sports team, an accident victim or a family in crisis.

The donation website GoFundMe has launched Local Search - a feature that connects residents with neighbors in need. Visitors to the site may now find local fundraising initiatives by name, category and location.

GoFundMe was originally designed to help people raise money for personal causes, projects & fundraising ideas on the hyper-local level – consisting of family, close friends & personal contacts. “Neighborhoods & communities are the next most responsive layer of the onion,” explained Brad Damphousse, CEO of GoFundMe.

“Until now we’ve had to rely on newspapers to promote local giving opportunities,” continued Damphousse, “With our Search feature, residents can now donate to a youth sports team, an accident victim or a family in crisis.”

Brooke Bloomfield successfully raised money to build a playground in memory of her friend Abbey Verhelst. “This fundraiser showed just how much Abby was loved in our community and that puts a smile on all of our faces,” said Bloomfield.

Launched in May 2010, GoFundMe has helped thousands of people raise money online. “We set out to create a site that would fuel charity between friends, families & neighbors. Local Search is the next step towards that goal,” said Damphousse. is a personal donation website that makes it incredibly easy for people to raise money online for the things that matter to them most. Users can create their online donation website in less than a minute and share it with friends & family using GoFundMe’s built-in connections to Facebook, Twitter, and email. The service charges an automatic 5% fee on all online donations collected. Donations go directly into a user’s PayPal account to ensure instant and secure access to all money collected. For more information please visit the site at


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