GoFundMe CEO urges Congress to pass more relief: We were not meant for ‘basic needs’

Greg Nash

The CEO of GoFundMe, a popular platform used to raise money online, is calling for Congress to swiftly pass a new round of coronavirus relief.

CEO Tim Cadogan wrote in an op-ed for USA Today that a third of GoFundMe fundraisers early in the pandemic were coronavirus-related and that some Americans still rely on the platform for basic necessities.

“From March 1 to Aug. 31 alone, people started more than 150,000 fundraisers for COVID-related assistance on our site, and the requests for help have yet to abate,” he wrote. “Last month, even after Congress passed a second relief bill in December, the number of new fundraisers on GoFundMe was higher than in May during the first wave of the pandemic.”

The CEO went on to call the current financial picture “nothing short of a national emergency” that has exacerbated the number of Americans who lack the savings to cover an unforeseen emergency.

He cited various areas of need, ranging from monthly expenses, the struggles faced by small businesses and an increase in food insecurity.

Cadogan noted the spate of fundraisers to prevent evictions, provide protective equipment for front-line workers and support schools and classrooms. The increase in such fundraisers, Cadogan wrote, is “a direct result of government programs coming up short.”

“We are proud of the role that GoFundMe plays in connecting those in need with those who are ready to help,” he wrote. “But our platform was never meant to be a source of support for basic needs, and it can never be a replacement for robust federal COVID-19 relief that is generous and targeted to help the millions of Americans who are struggling.”

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