Tag: GoFundMe

The Police Were Called for Help. They Arrested Her Instead.

Want more Australian news with a global perspective? Sign up here for the weekly Australia Letter. JOONDALUP, Australia — When the police arrived at Naomi Bropho’s door in Western Australia in late 2017, she was relieved. Her brother, in an agitated rage, was on his way to her home, and her mother had called them […]

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Fyre Festival’s Organizers Didn’t Pay a Restaurant Owner, So GoFundMe Donors Stepped In

A Bahamian restaurant owner who lost a fortune as a result of the Fyre Festival debacle has recouped nearly all of her losses after a GoFundMe campaign raised more than $167,000. The owner, MaryAnn Rolle, 55, was featured in the Netflix documentary “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” one of two documentaries released this […]

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President Trump Posts Altered Photos to Facebook and Instagram That Make Him Look Thinner

A demonstration of the digital changes that have been made to President Trump’s appearance on Instagram and FacebookGIF: Gizmodo President Donald Trump’s social media accounts are filled with vile racism, idiotic xenophobia, and inaccurate statistics. And now we can add another category to the list: fake photos. In recent months, Trump’s official Facebook and Instagram […]

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GoFundMe to Refund Border Wall Donations After Fund-Raiser Falls Short

The crowdfunding platform GoFundMe said that more than $20 million in donations were slated to be refunded after a campaign to raise $1 billion for the Trump administration to build a wall on the border with Mexico had fallen well short of its goal. The fund-raising campaign, which began last month, had gone viral as […]

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GoFundMe Campaign to Build Border Wall Raises More Than $12 Million

Crowdfunding donations have paid for medical and legal bills, wildfire losses and college tuition. Now, a GoFundMe campaign aims to finance one the most hotly debated issues in American politics: President Trump’s long-promised border wall. The campaign, called “We The People Will Fund The Wall” and launched this week by a disabled Florida veteran, had […]

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Couple and Homeless Man Behind Viral GoFundMe Campaign Are Charged With Conspiracy

The tale of the New Jersey couple who wanted to help out a homeless man by starting a GoFundMe campaign has taken another turn. The couple, Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure, and the man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., are all being charged with second-degree conspiracy and theft by deception, the prosecutor for Burlington County, N.J., said […]

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The Viral Homeless Vet GoFundMe That Raised $400K Was Allegedly a Scam

If you needed another example of how our world is a dark and depressing place where all good things are secretly awful, here you go: According to a new report from NBC Philadelphia, the viral GoFundMe campaign that raised over $400,000 to get a homeless vet back on his feet was allegedly just a scam […]

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When Paradise Is On Fire

Chico, Calif. — Paradise, an old Gold Rush town tucked in the Sierra Nevada foothills, lies 100 miles north of Sacramento and less than 15 miles from here. Sister communities, we are connected by the Skyway, a four-lane, winding road. It’s the daily commute for thousands and the sole route out of Paradise into Chico, […]

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$40,000 Insect and Lizard Theft Was an Inside Job, Police Say

The desert hairy scorpions and domino cockroaches had vanished. The shelves at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion were empty, and there was little movement in the glass cases. Electric-blue staff uniforms hung from knives that had been stabbed into a wall. Thieves had stolen more than $40,000 worth of insects and lizards, and the […]

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Homeless Man Wants His $400,000

When a homeless man in Philadelphia gave a stranded couple his last $20 so they could buy gas, they were so inspired that they started an online fund-raiser to help him. The goal on GoFundMe was set at $10,000. But over nine months, more than 14,000 people donated over $400,000 to the man, Johnny Bobbitt […]

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