By Paul B. Johnson
The High Point Enterprise, N.C.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) GoFundMe has allowed individuals and groups seeking money for a cause to have an instantaneous and broad reach through social media. The organization, based in Redwood City, California, bills itself as “changing the way the world gives.”
When the owners and employees of Spiro’s Family Restaurant needed help after a devastating accidental fire, they turned to an online resource that’s transformed the way people seek help in a crisis.
The family-owned south High Point restaurant, now closed because of a kitchen blaze Dec. 15, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for employees who were suddenly without a paycheck during the holidays.
As of Friday afternoon, the page — www.gofundme/spiros-family-restaurant — had raised nearly $1,800 for about 30 employees.
Restaurant owner Spiro Turnas told The High Point Enterprise last week that he hopes to reopen the eatery at the same location in the first half of next year. Turnas wants to build a bigger restaurant on Coltrane Avenue at S. Main Street to replace the building gutted by fire that can’t be salvaged.
The GoFundMe page for Spiro’s symbolizes the revolution in fundraising for causes, either personal or communitywide, brought on by the website established six years ago.
In North Carolina, people and groups seeking donations have launched 93,000 GoFundMe pages, raising more than $74.4 million from 1.2 million total donations, according to a report released this month by the organization.
In the High Point-Greensboro-Winston-Salem metropolitan area, 15,000 campaigns have raised $9.7 million through 161,000 donations, GoFundMe reports.
“Whether it’s a young entrepreneur, a teacher raising money for student activities or a member of the community who has fallen on tough times, people in North Carolina always step up to help,” said organization CEO Rob Solomon.