You’ve helped a woman start her life again. You saved dogs in China. You’ve sent advocates to Congress. You’ve done this all with the power of crowdfunding.
People start and sign petitions every day to show the power of their combined voices. But sometimes extra resources are needed to move those petitions to victory, which is why we’ve created fundraisers.
Fundraisers allow petition starters to support anything from travel and petition deliveries to advertising and large-scale events. And it gives people in our community another way to support the causes that matter to them most.
Since launching fundraisers, we’ve been amazed by the variety of ways that people are using the tool and how quickly people have stepped up to contribute. So far, our community has raised more than $260,000 across 25 fundraisers.
Here are seven things that our community has made happen with those funds so far:
Sharanda was convicted of a nonviolent drug offense and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 1999. Fifteen years later, her daughter Clenesha started a petition asking President Obama to give her mother clemency, which was supported by nearly 280,000 people. After she was granted clemency, her supporters raised more than $25,000 for Sharanda’s housing, clothes, transportation, and other basic needs.
After her cousin Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer in 2014, LaTonya started a petition asking the Department of Justice to investigate his death that was signed by more than 73,000 people. To raise the profile of the case, supporters then raised more than $6,000 to put up a billboard in Cleveland that highlights the injustice of Tamir’s killing.
Amanda Nguyen is a sexual assault survivor who launched a petition asking Congress to approve legislation for improved rights for survivors. Not only did she gather the support of more than 100,000 people, but then she raised more than $20,000 to bring sexual assault survivors to Congress to deliver the petition and tell their stories. That legislation has passed the Senate and is awaiting a House vote.
More than 109,000 people supported Lendy Leslie’s petition to the Governor of Hawaii to end dolphin captivity. They’ve also raised more than $5,000 to support a petition delivery, a protest in Oahu, and advertising to make tourists and voters aware of the issue.
After Floppy the cat was diagnosed with a rare cancer, his owner Janel Sheehan made sure he received all the medical attention he needed to beat the disease. When the expensive claims started being denied by her ASPCA pet insurance. Her petition to have the ASPCA provide better coverage was signed by more than 112,000 people. Her fundraiser to support Floppy’s ongoing medical care raised more than $2,800.
Jordan Figueiredo is an anti-food waste activist whose petition asking Walmart to sell imperfect fruits and vegetables has been supported by more than 141,000 people. His dedicated supporters also raised more than $2,000 so that Jordan could fly to Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas and deliver the petition.
Millions of people have signed petitions to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival over the past two years. This year, the Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project started a fundraiser to put people on the ground and save dogs in Yulin. The $132,000 raised by an ardent community of supporters was used to equip a van with veterinarian equipment and medical supplies to provide mobile vet services, to open an adoption center in downtown Yulin, and to provide mobile spay and neuter services.