Latest in Gear

Image credit: Facebook

Facebook birthday fundraisers earned over $300 million for charity

They’ve helped support 750,000 nonprofits over the past year.
201 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Facebook

A year ago, Facebook launched its birthday fundraiser feature through which users can celebrate their big day by raising money for a good cause. And it appears to be a pretty popular tool. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post yesterday that so far, Facebook users have raised over $300 million for over 750,000 nonprofits -- which include food banks, animal shelters and Alzheimer's research -- with the birthday fundraiser feature. "Thanks to everyone who has dedicated their birthday and to everyone who donated," Zuckerberg said.

A few months after launching the feature, Facebook announced it would eliminate the five percent transaction fee it had previously been applying to nonprofit donations made on its platform. And in July, the company said that for a limited time, it would donate $5 to every new birthday fundraiser created by a US user as long as they supported one of the 750,000 US nonprofits vetted and approved by Facebook.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
201 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

How Weber used decades of expertise to improve smart grilling

How Weber used decades of expertise to improve smart grilling

View
London police begin using live facial recognition tech across the capital

London police begin using live facial recognition tech across the capital

View
The Morning After: Sonos tries again, and Tinder's new tools

The Morning After: Sonos tries again, and Tinder's new tools

View
Samsung is building its own version of AirDrop called Quick Share

Samsung is building its own version of AirDrop called Quick Share

View
Boston Dynamics gives its robot dog a developer SDK

Boston Dynamics gives its robot dog a developer SDK

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr