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After Parents Disowned Her, Queer Eye Fans Raise $90K

Jess Guilbeaux is going back to school, thanks to help from strangers who saw her on 'Queer Eye'

(Newser) - When a GoFundMe was set up for Jess Guilbeaux, the goal of $100,000 for the 23-year-old— whose story of being disowned by her adoptive parents after they discovered she was gay appeared on Netflix's third season of Queer Eye—seemed far off. Now that crowdfunding initiative has reached... More »

She Was Disowned for Being Gay. Then the Queer Eye Guys Stepped In

Netflix episode featuring Jess Guilbeaux has proved to be an 'ugly cry' one

(Newser) - Netflix recently started streaming the third season of Queer Eye, and one episode in particular is causing people to "ugly cry." NBC News reports on "Black Girl Magic," the fifth episode, which puts 23-year-old Jess Guilbeaux in the spotlight. Guilbeaux, a waitress in Lawrence, Kan., was... More »

Patton Oswalt Got Trolled on Twitter. His Troll Is Now 'Humbled'

Comedian directed fans to donate money to sick man's GoFundMe

(Newser) - A Twitter troll went after Patton Oswalt—and the comedian managed to turn it into one of the most uplifting stories of the week. It started Wednesday, when Oswalt made fun of President Trump on Twitter , which provoked snarky reactions from 64-year-old Michael Beatty, including saying he was happy Oswalt'... More »

Teen Shot in Own Home Wants GoFundMe to Help Her Move

'I have not felt safe while at home,' writes Myonna Lanton of Detroit

(Newser) - The family of a Detroit teen who was injured by gunfire that struck her home is looking to move—and they've taken to GoFundMe to assist in that effort. Myonna Lanton, 14, survived the Oct. 14 ordeal, in which someone shot at her house while she was watching TV... More »

Campaign to Fund Trump's Wall Is in GoFundMe's Top 5 Ever

Brian Kolfage has raised millions for the border wall, though it's not clear if DHS can take it

(Newser) - An Air Force veteran who started a GoFundMe page to help fund construction of President Trump's border wall has already raised millions of dollars, the AP reports. The crowdsourcing page launched this week by Brian Kolfage has a fundraising goal of $1 billion and had generated more than $11... More »

Things Just Got Ugly Between Stormy Daniels, Avenatti

Trump accuser makes some serious allegations against her own attorney

(Newser) - Stormy Daniels is again making serious public allegations, but this time they're against her own attorney. In a statement to the Daily Beast , Daniels goes after Michael Avenatti on two main fronts. The biggest beef is about money, specifically the cash raised for Daniels on a crowdfunding site . She... More »

He Asked a Student to Leave. Then Fists Started Flying

GoFundMe for Marston Riley raises $75K after he got into fight with teen

(Newser) - A high school music teacher in California was arrested Friday and charged with child abuse after he got into a physical fight with a 14-year-old student who verbally provoked him in class. USA Today has cellphone video of the incident at Maywood Academy High School, where 64-year-old Marston Riley can... More »

Muslims Quickly Raise Money for Synagogue Victims

The total has surpassed $100K

(Newser) - In the immediate aftermath of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, two Muslim nonprofit groups set out to raise $25,000 for victims on the crowdfunding site LaunchGood . They passed that goal within six hours, reports the Times of Israel . In fact, as of Monday morning, the groups CelebrateMercy and MPower... More »

Anti-Collins Groups: As She Spoke, the Cash Poured In

Activists say they now have more than $3M to offer to the Maine senator's 2020 opponent

(Newser) - She was deemed the Democrats' "last big hope" to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. But as it became clear Friday during Susan Collins' 45-minute-long speech on the Senate floor that Maine's GOP senator was going to greenlight Kavanaugh, money started flowing in to... More »

Students Crowdfund to Send Beloved Custodian on Vacation

Herman Gordon hadn't seen his family in nearly 10 years

(Newser) - Students love Herman Gordon, who has worked as a custodian at the UK's Bristol University for 12 years. So when they found out that Gordon, who moved to England when he was 12 and rarely sees his family in Jamaica, hadn't been back to visit his homeland in... More »

GoFundMe: Homeless Vet Will Be 'Made Whole' in $400K Feud

Crowdfunding site says Johnny Bobbitt Jr. will get what he's due

(Newser) - What started out as an uplifting story has degenerated into a rather upsetting one for all involved. The Philadelphia couple that helped crowdfund more than $400,000 to help a homeless man is now being accused by that man of using the money as their "personal piggy bank,"... More »

What Biggest Crowdsourced Fundraiser Ever Accomplished

JJ Watt reveals what he did with the $41.6M his foundation raised

(Newser) - Houston Texans star JJ Watt said Monday that he has distributed the $41.6 million his foundation raised to help rebuild the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey. An online fundraiser Watt launched after the storm hit last year went viral and far exceeded his original goal of raising $200,... More »

A Final Gift From Teacher Murdered in Texas School

Cynthia Tisdale's story is now bringing in money for treatment of her seriously ill husband

(Newser) - One of the victims in the Santa Fe school shooting was Cynthia Tisdale, a 63-year-old substitute teacher who WFMY reports was killed Friday while teaching a first-period art class. But while family and friends mourn her death in this "terrible act of violence," BuzzFeed notes a glimmer of... More »

Waffle House Hero to Get Big Reward

Crowdfunding campaign raises $166K for James Shaw Jr.

(Newser) - Survivors of Sunday's shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House have another reason to thank the man who disarmed suspected shooter Travis Reinking. A GoFundMe page launched by James Shaw Jr. has raised more than $155,000 for families of victims, including the four people killed before Shaw was able... More »

390 Donate to Buy Couch for Billionaire Musk

Musk's current couch at Tesla is 'terrible,' apparently

(Newser) - Elon Musk is a great example of crowdfunding success. Not only did he raise $10 million selling flamethrowers , he may soon be the recipient of a crowdfunded couch. In an interview with CBS News last week, Musk mentioned the couch in his office at Tesla is, well, "not a... More »

Homeless Man With New $375K Windfall: I Want to Help Others

Johnny Bobbitt Jr. hopes to pay it forward after stranded driver he helped raises money for him

(Newser) - Just $20 changed her plight, and his life—and now a homeless man wants to help others with his sudden good fortune. Kate McClure started a GoFundMe for 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr. after the destitute veteran used his last 20 bucks on her when her car ran out of gas... More »

Manson's Grandson Forgave Him. GoFundMe, Not So Much

Fundraiser for Jason Freeman, meant to help pay for Manson's funeral, shut down by site

(Newser) - Charles Manson has a next of kin willing to claim his body, but grandson Jason Freeman might not be able to get to California from Ohio in time. GoFundMe pulled the plug on a fundraising site set up to help him with travel and burial expenses Thursday after $979 had... More »

Corey Feldman Vows to Expose Hollywood Pedophilia

Former child actor raising money to produce documentary

(Newser) - Corey Feldman has been talking about pedophilia in Hollywood for years , and now he's pledged to make a documentary exposing the problem. In the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Feldman—who has discussed the sexual abuse he says he and late friend Corey Haim suffered... More »

The Little Guys Are Trying to Buy Anheuser-Busch InBev

Well, kind of

(Newser) - It's a classic tale of David versus Goliath—though this one involves beer. The Brewers Association is targeting Big Beer via a crowdfunding campaign that's trying to amass $213 billion, which it says would be used to purchase Anheuser-Busch InBev. The campaign asks that you watch its impassioned... More »

UC Berkeley Cop Takes Money From Hot Dog Vendor

Video footage of the incident went viral

(Newser) - Video footage of a University of California police officer taking money from a hot dog vendor on the campus of UC Berkeley has gone viral, and a GoFundMe campaign has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the vendor in just one day. On Saturday, Los Angeles resident and former... More »

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