On Tuesday, global crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced it has formed a partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), which is considered the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. The funding portal and TMCF are notably teaming up to raise money in support of students at the nation’s 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
“No American should be prevented from enrolling in and graduating from college because of money. Sadly, that is a reality for many HBCU students. This innovative partnership with GoFundMe makes ordinary people extraordinary philanthropists, through their online giving platform now used to support deserving HBCU students pay for their college education.”
Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO, also commented:
“We are proud to partner with Thurgood Marshall College Fund and help HBCU students pay for college. Thousands of students have turned to GoFundMe to help pay for college, and with college tuition on the rise, it’s more important than ever to help support students pursuing their higher education. This new partnership will make it simpler and easier for HBCU students to get the financial support they need to thrive at college.”
As part of the collaboration, GoFundMe released a new TMCF fundraising hub, which will serve as a resource for students and their communities.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for GoFundMe donors to find students attending HBCUs, as well as giving students and their families the tips and tools they need for a successful campaign. GoFundMe and Thurgood Marshall College Fund launched six GoFundMe campaigns for students attending college at Howard University, Fayetteville State, Norfolk State, and South Carolina State.”
GoFundMe added that over the past several years, students, teachers, and parents are increasingly turning to its platform to raise funds for education expenses, including college tuition. In the last two years, over $100 million has been raised on GoFundMe for education-related campaigns, making it the fastest-growing category on the platform.
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