Latest in Gear

Image credit: Justin Schoneck via Getty Images

GoFundMe launches campaign for government workers hit by shutdown

It's a rare direct aid program from the site.
1136 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Justin Schoneck via Getty Images

People have frequently used GoFundMe to lend a helping hand to others in need of some help, but the site itself is getting involved in light of the US government shutdown. The company has teamed up with Deepak Chopra to launch a donation campaign for government workers who've been furloughed or are being forced to work without pay. The initiative will donate contributors' money to "several" non-profits providing relief, including #ChefsForFeds (providing food) and the National Diaper Bank Network. More organizations will come onboard as the campaign continues, GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon said.

The executive stressed that this was "not about politics." It was a matter of "lending a helping hand" to people who need it, he said. The funds are going to the public Direct Impact Fund charity.

Whatever the motivations, it's uncommon for GoFundMe to wade into situations like this. The company tends to stay out politics entirely unless a campaign violates policies. At the same time, it's a reflection of how much charity has changed with the advent of online crowdfunding. Those sites are quickly becoming the first destination for people looking to help, and GoFundMe is clearly aware of that trend.

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.
Share
1136 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The Morning After: Nike's accessible AJI

The Morning After: Nike's accessible AJI

View
HTC's Exodus 1s can run a full Bitcoin node for under $250

HTC's Exodus 1s can run a full Bitcoin node for under $250

View
Kik Messenger will keep running under a different owner

Kik Messenger will keep running under a different owner

View
Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop' production pauses after John Cho is injured on-set

Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop' production pauses after John Cho is injured on-set

View
Nike puts an accessibility twist on its iconic Air Jordan 1

Nike puts an accessibility twist on its iconic Air Jordan 1

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr