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After Notre Dame Fire, a Call to 'Send Love' to Louisiana

$1.1M raised to rebuild black churches gutted by arson

(Newser) - Less than 24 hours elapsed between President Macron's call for donations to rebuild Notre Dame and nearly $1 billion being pledged, reports Time . In comparison, a nearly week-old campaign seeking funds to rebuild three historically black churches destroyed by arson in Louisiana within the last month had raised only... More »

GoFundMe Scammer Faces Up to 4 Years in State Prison

She pleads guilty to theft by deception

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman who hoodwinked GoFundMe donors with a fake story about helping a homeless vet faces up to four years in state prison after pleading guilty for a second time. Katelyn McClure, who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud last month, pleaded guilty in a... More »

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 »

There's a Wild Battle Happening on GoFundMe Right Now

Rival campaigns raising funds in support and opposition of a proposed SF homeless shelter

(Newser) - It's not every day that the GoFundMe team donates to a GoFundMe campaign—and that's just one unusual element of a battle playing out on the platform. It started with a campaign called "Safe Embarcadero for All" —one that is seeking to raise $100,000 to... More »

Homeless Man, NJ Woman Admit GoFundMe Scam

They pleaded guilty to federal charges

(Newser) - A homeless man and a New Jersey woman who scammed more than 14,000 kind-hearted people with a fake story on GoFundMe are facing time in federal prison. Johnny Bobbitt, Jr., 36, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit money laundering and 28-year-old Kate McClure pleaded guilty to conspiracy to... 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 »

Border Wall GoFundMe Donors Getting Their Cash Back

Brian Kolfage's campaign falls short of the $1B mark, triggering refunds, but he's not done yet

(Newser) - The 340,000 people who sent their cash to one of GoFundMe's top fundraisers ever will be getting a refund. As Mashable reports, Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage's campaign to privately fund President Trump's border wall racked up $20 million—a giant sum by the site's... More »

Homeless Vet in GoFundMe Scam Arrested

Johnny Bobbitt reportedly skipped out on court appearance, was arrested Wednesday

(Newser) - A homeless veteran charged with engaging in $400,000 GoFundMe scheme has been taken into custody in Philadelphia after he failed to make a scheduled court appearance, the AP reports. Johnny Bobbitt was due in a New Jersey court Tuesday to face charges he violated court-ordered conditions that allowed for... 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 »

All Money Refunded in Alleged GoFundMe Scam

Donors who gave money to help homeless man get it back after criminal charges brought

(Newser) - Anyone who fell for the tale of the down-on-his-luck Good Samaritan on GoFundMe has gotten their money back. The crowd-funding website says it has refunded all of the more than $400,000 that came in from more than 14,000 people, reports People . Police have since charged Johnny Bobbitt Jr.... 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 »

College Athlete Was Disowned for Being Gay. Now, Good News

NCAA waives donations rule so Emily Scheck can accept money to help her pay school, living costs

(Newser) - When Grace Hausladen started a GoFundMe for her friend and Division I cross-country teammate Emily Scheck, it was for one reason: to raise money for tuition and living expenses at Buffalo's Canisius College after Scheck's family disowned her in August upon finding out she had a girlfriend. The... More »

GoFundMe Scam: Lawyer Plays Tape on Woman's Behalf

Katelyn McClure's lawyer says she was duped by her boyfriend

(Newser) - Last week, New Jersey prosecutors dropped a bombshell : that the heartwarming story of a homeless man who helped a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas with his last $20 was a scam cooked up to generate money via GoFundMe. Now, the lawyer for that woman says she was tricked into... More »

Cops: Couple, Homeless Man Cooked Up GoFundMe Scam

'The entire campaign was predicated on a lie'

(Newser) - A feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to donate more than $400,000 to help the down-and-out good Samaritan, a prosecutor said Thursday. As expected , Burlington County prosecutor... More »

Was Touching Story of Helpful Homeless Man a Scam?

Johnny Bobbitt to face charges along with NJ couple, NBC Philadelphia reports

(Newser) - It’s not only the founders of a disputed GoFundMe campaign that raised $400,000 for a homeless man who find themselves in hot water . NBC Philadelphia reports Kate McClure, Mark D'Amico, and Johnny Bobbitt will face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for allegedly concocting a false... 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 »

Taylor Swift Stuns Fan With $15.5K Donation

Funds go to Utah family of mother in coma

(Newser) - A Utah woman owes big thanks to Taylor Swift and her two cats. Over the weekend, Swift fan Sadie Bartell tweeted a link to a GoFundMe page raising money for her mother, Lauriann Bartel, who's been in a coma for three years since suffering brain damage linked to a... More »

Man Holding Yard Sales to Finance His Own Funeral

Veteran Willie Davis has stage 4 cancer, wants to be buried near his parents

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man has been holding yard sales to pay for funeral expenses. The catch, as per the AP : It's his own. Some of his customers are going a step further to help. David Dunkleberger says he and his friend Ed Sheets pulled into a yard sale in Brownstown... 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 »

Cops Raid Home of Couple Who Raised $400K for Homeless Vet

The saga of Johnny Bobbitt's GoFundMe account continues

(Newser) - Police raided the home Thursday of a couple who raised $400,000 online for a homeless good Samaritan who has alleged they treated the money like a "personal piggy bank"—hauling away a new BMW on a flatbed truck. Citing "enormous public interest" in the case, county... More »

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