GoFundMe Spotlight: 2023 year in review

One of our favorite GoFundMe photos of 2023 was of the dog riding the tractor at a local dog park. Photo courtesy GoFundMe
One of our favorite GoFundMe photos of 2023 was of the dog riding the tractor at a local dog park. Photo courtesy GoFundMe

Washington is one of the most giving states in America

Paul Valencia
ClarkCountyToday.com

Washington is giving.

Washington cares.

Washington should be proud.

Numbers collected by GoFundMe say that Washington is the eighth most giving state in the United States for 2023.

Clark County Today supports GoFundMe’s cause, and often posts GoFundMe Spotlights for people in need in Southwest Washington.

GoFundMe also highlighted some of the top fundraisers from our region.

The most money raised in Clark County was $70,000 from 500 donations when the community rallied to help a young Washougal girl battle cancer for the second time. That GoFundMe page can be found here: Help Isola’s Fight Against Cancer 

Other fundraising highlights from 2023 in the area include: A Vancouver family raised more than $14,000 to help victims of the Maui wildfires: Our Lahaina ‘Ohana 

The Skyview High School Booster Club raised $12,000 for the school’s robotics team: Skyview Robotics: Skyview Booster Club Fundraiser

And more than $10,000 was raised for a homeless advocate who was attacked at Esther Short Park in Vancouver: Esther Short Park Hero Fund

Clark County Today’s favorite photo of a GoFundMe in our area has to be of the dog appearing to operate a John Deere tractor, mowing the lawn at a local dog park. DOGPAW was raising funds for equipment to maintain its dog parks in the county: https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/news/gofundme-spotlight-dogpaw-has-maintenance-needs-for-off-leash-dog-parks/

According to GoFundMe’s data, this is the third consecutive year that Washington has been in the top 10 among most giving states. Olympia, by the way, was the eighth-most giving city in America, as well, per capita.

The most common donation amount was $50. But another number had a crazy increase this year. Call it the Taylor Swift Effect. In another example of this being the year of Taylor Swift, Swifties — her fans — often donated $13 to causes. That is Taylor Swift’s favorite number, and there were more than double the amount of $13 donations from last year to this year.


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