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Teen brothers dead after Jefferson car wreck

November 19, 2015

“Teen brothers were killed in a Wednesday night two-vehicle wreck in Jefferson. Jefferson High School had posted “JHS Remembers Alex and William Trimble” on its website Thursday.”

Gainesville Times

Faith manages: Peterborough rebuilds as mosque fire deemed a hate crime

November 17, 2015

“Politicians, police and community leaders rallied to support Peterborough’s Muslims on Monday after a weekend arson attack damaged the Ontario city’s only mosque, shook the community and left it without a permanent place to worship.”

— Affan Chowdhry, The Globe and Mail

Mosque Torched, Shitty Remarks, and Other Ways Canadians Responded to the Paris Attacks

November 16, 2015

“In the three days since the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead, the international response to the incident has been swift. Within hours of the attack, support poured in from all over the world, Canadians among them.”

— Jake Kivanc, Vice

Trudeau ‘deeply disturbed’ by mosque fire in Peterborough, Ont.

November 16, 2015

“Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. Officers said the fire was deliberately set at approximately 11 p.m. on Saturday in the city, located about 125 kilometres northeast of Toronto.”

— Kendra Mangione, CTV News Vancouver

Peterborough churches offer space to arson-stricken mosque

November 16, 2015

“Peterborough police call the firebombing of the city’s only mosque a hate crime, while local residents managed to quickly raise enough money to repair the house of worship.”

— Fakiha Baig, Toronto Star

The Only Mosque In Peterborough Was Deliberately Set On Fire

November 15, 2015

“The small Muslim community in Peterborough, Ontario is on edge after its only mosque was damaged in a fire that police say was set deliberately. Locals quickly raised tens of thousands of dollars to help the mosque rebuild.”

— Craig Silverman, Buzzfeed News

Fire at Peterborough, Ont.’s only mosque was a hate crime, say police

November 15, 2015

“Justin Trudeau condemns attack as crowd-funding campaign to fix Peterborough’s only mosque exceeds its goal.”

— Colin Perkel, Maclean’s

Sugar Land firefighter creates ‘I’ve got your back’ decal in support of law enforcement

September 2, 2015

“Captain Greg Hopper with the Sugar Land Fire Department knew he wanted to do something after the tragic death of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth. ‘I need to find a way to show them that I support them,’ Hopper told KPRC 2 News.”

— Gianna Caserta, Click 2 Houston

Father wanted in alleged abduction of four Vancouver children

August 27, 2015

“The mother of four Vancouver Island children allegedly abducted by their father overseas says she’s living a nightmare. Alison Azer’s four children were legally allowed to travel to France and Germany earlier this month, but they did not return as scheduled last week.”

The Globe and Mail

B.C. woman says dad abducted 4 kids overseas

August 26, 2015

“International police are searching for four Vancouver Island children allegedly abducted by their father overseas. Alison Azer says in an online fundraising campaign that her ex-husband, Dr. Saren Azer, is a Kurdish Canadian who took their kids to the Middle East.”

Global News

Saren Azer Wanted In Alleged Abduction Of His 4 Children

August 26, 2015

“The mother of four Vancouver Island children allegedly abducted by their father overseas says she’s living a nightmare.”

— Gemma Karstens-Smith, Huffington Post Canada

Four B.C. children allegedly abducted by father and taken to Middle East

August 26, 2015

“Four young children from the Comox Valley have been allegedly abducted by their biological father and taken to the Middle East, prompting a Canada-wide Arrest Warrant and an online plea from their mother.”

— Jill Slattery, VanCity Buzz

Saren Azer, missing with his 4 children, wanted on abduction charges

August 26, 2015

“A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a Vancouver Island man who failed to bring his four children home to his ex-wife following a European trip.”

CBC News British Columbia

Friend Dedicates Her Races in Memory of Brampton Teacher Robin Meehan

June 9, 2015

“Walker, 38, a long-distance runner, will dedicate three ultra-races – totaling some 250 kilometres – in memory of her childhood friend Robin Meehan, a Brampton teacher who died in March, three days after giving birth to her third child…”

— Radhika Panjwani, Inside Halton

School Staff to Raise Cash for Nepal Orphans

June 2, 2015

“School staff will take part in a 20-mile sponsored walk to raise money for a Nepal Orphanage. Gattons Infants School, in Burgess Hill, had been sponsoring a little boy named Prayash, who lived at the Surya Children’s Centre…”

West Sussex Gazette

PetFundr: New Crowdfunding Site Funds Animal Projects

May 25, 2015

“As a young girl, Darcy Wintonyk didn’t watch Saturday morning cartoons like other kids her age. Instead, her parents would catch her in front of the TV watching sad infomercials for the SPCA and humane society, tears streaming down her face…”

VanCity Buzz

Petrolia Woman is Lacing Up Her Sneakers

May 25, 2015

“When Nancy Walker’s legs get heavy as she labours toward the 100-kilometre finish line of an ultra marathon this July, she’ll be able to turn her thoughts toward the person she’s running for…”

— Brent Boles, The Observer

Loveland Mom Gives ‘Flash Mob’ Treatment

May 10, 2015

“Loveland resident Sarah Portillo wanted other mothers to get the thrill she got Mother’s Day 2013 when she received a gift basket at the hospital…”

— Shelley Widhalm, Reporter-Herald

Local Woman Organizes Mother’s Day Surprise

May 6, 2015

“Sarah Portillo has spent hundreds of days in the hospital with her daughter Lily, who was diagnosed with a rare metabolic condition shortly before her first birthday…”

— Anna Gauldin, The Denver Post

Frogbox: New Social Enterprise Scholarship

May 2, 2015

“Doug Burgoyne’s reusable moving box rental company was hitting its stride when Burgoyne was suddenly diagnosed with a rare and fast-growing cancer. Frogbox had secured financing from celebrity investors on the CBC television show Dragons’ Den not once, but twice…”

— Jenny Lee, The Vancouver Sun

Campaign Looks to Prove Plant-Based Diets Are Better for Dogs

April 27, 2015

“Despite their personal commitment to cruelty-free living, many a vegan is still the owner of an omnivorous dog. Lots of people are unsure if it’s actually ok for canines to subsist solely on veggies…”

— Hannah Sentenac, Latest Vegan News

Support Pours in for Port Hawkesbury Mother After Tragic Blaze

April 13, 2015

“Family, friends, neighbours and complete strangers continue to rally around Amanda Bagley, the Port Hawkesbury woman who was seriously injured, and whose nine-year-old son Oaklee died, after a residential fire…”

The Chronicle Herald

Target Canada Employees Fundraise To Get Wheelchair For Co-Worker Bradley Goodyear

March 13, 2015

“It’s no secret Target Canada employees will soon be out of a job. And while they may have several reasons to be distraught, employees at this St. John’s, N.L. store aren’t letting the bad news get them down.”

— Maham Abedi, Huffington Post Canada

$4K Raised For Family of Teen Battling Cancer

March 13, 2015

“A crowdsourcing campaign to raise $5,000 for the family of a local teen with cancer collected more than $3,927 in its first three days this week. Bonnie Marvin’s daughter, Ella Marvin-McCoy, is 17. She was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma and will need treatment in Toronto.”

— Joelle Kovach, The Peterborough Examiner

‘The Year I Lost My Limbs Was The Most Brilliant of My Life’

January 22, 2015

“In a few weeks Alex Lewis went from being the owner of a pub, to becoming critically ill and a quadruple amputee. Yet he still describes the past year as the best he’s ever had.”

— Kathleen Hawkins, BBC News

Fundraising Bid Launched to Replace Kettering Autistic Boy’s Stolen Xbox

January 21, 2015

“A fundraising campaign has been launched to help replace an eight-year-old’s Xbox and a laptop computer which were stolen from a home in Kettering several days ago.”

— Michael Whelan, Northampton Shire Telegraph

Family Fights on For Tiny Georgia, Diagnosed With Rare Disorder

January 20, 2015

“When Georgia was about four months old, Langille noticed that she wasn’t tracking movements with her eyes. And then the seizures, the frightening infantile spasms, started. […] Many trips and long stays at the IWK eventually led to a diagnosis just a few months ago of glycosylation type 1P, the rarest of genetic diseases that affects Georgia’s entire body.”

— Francis Campbell, The Chronicle Herald

‘The Future is a Little Bit Scary’: FundRazr Draws in Support For Delta Toddler

January 19, 2015

“Natalie is 18-months-old and looks like any other child her age: bright, shining eyes and a toothy, toddler grin. […] But the sad and difficult truth is that Natalie’s muscles will soon begin to waste.”

— Stephanie Ip, The Province

Fundraising Page Set Up For Cop Charged With Murder

January 19, 2015

“Dominique Perez is one of two cops charged in the shooting death of homeless camper James Boyd. This past week, an online fundraising page was set up to raise $100,000 to help pay for Perez’s legal defense.”

KRQE News 13

Crowdfunding Helps Parents of B.C. Baby Fighting For Her Life

January 16, 2015

“The Penticton girl was diagnosed with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, which required she go into surgery last week at B.C. Children’s Hospital. The procedure went well but Jolene went into cardiac arrest shortly after, suffering damage to her liver and kidneys, and is now on dialysis in the Intensive Care Unit.”

— Maria Weisgarber, CTV News Vancouver

Bats and Bacteria: Students, Scientists Turn to Crowdfunding For Research Projects

January 13, 2015

“A Calgary grad student is taking a page out of Zach Braff’s playbook and is asking the public to fund her personal project. Not to film an indie movie, but rather to study the migratory habits of bats. […] ‘They are very innovative in the way they have done it, and I think it bodes well for how other types of longer-term studies and research can be done,’ FundRazr founder Daryl Hatton told Yahoo Canada News.”

— Matthew Coutts, Yahoo Canada News

MPs and Candidates Try New Ways of Using Tax-Credits to Raise Money

January 9, 2015

“Members of Parliament and their riding associations are getting creative in their fundraising activities as they look to sock away cash for the 2015 federal election campaign, including turning to professional sporting events and online crowdfunding to lure supporters and dollars.”

— Jason Fekete, Ottawa Citizen

Family Facing Eviction Gets Apartment After Campaign Garners Attention

January 8, 2015

“An Evanston family who faced eviction this week is preparing to move into a new home after an online campaign started by a friend caught the attention of a building owner who had previously rejected the family’s apartment application.”

— Stephanie Kelly, The Daily Northwestern

Baby Boy Battling Rare Form of Cancer

January 8, 2015

“The parents of a seriously ill baby are trying to raise £500,000 to help in his fight to beat cancer. Fourteen-month-old Jenson Pashley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare cancer which only affects around 100 children in the UK each year.”

— Dan Cain, West Sussex Gazette

Campaign to Help Get Seriously Ill Barnsley Man Home From Thailand

January 6, 2015

“A campaign has been launched to help get a Barnsley man back home after he fell seriously ill on holiday and is facing medical costs of tens of thousands of pounds.”

Doncaster Free Press

Our Community: Miss Canada Globe Hopeful Seeks Support

January 2, 2015

“Atong Liz Deng is hoping to use the Miss Canada Globe beauty pageant as a platform to promote health, fitness and other causes. Atong Deng, who goes by her middle name, Liz, is a refugee originally from South Sudan, which has suffered through internal conflict since its independence in 1956. ”

— Pedro Arrais, Times Colonist

The 6 Waves to Watch in the World of Crowdfunding

September 25, 2014

“In this new environment, raising capital became the greatest challenge for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). They needed new platforms. Enter crowdfunding…”

— David Drake, Entrepreneur

Pregnant Widow of Avalanche Victim A.J. Cleary Moved by Support

March 11, 2014

“The online component of the fundraiser alone has raised more than $40,000 in less than 24 hours. ‘I can’t even believe it. I wasn’t even expecting this at all,’ said Elward. […] ‘I don’t know what I would have done without it. I think I would still be in my room under the covers.’”

CBC News British Columbia

Eight-Year-Old’s ‘Heart of Gold’ Helps Pay Off Student’s Lunch Debt

March 3, 2014

“Donations have increased tenfold since Cayden Taipalus – a third-grader […] – launched a campaign two weeks ago called ‘Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry.’ His mom, Amber Peters, said nearly $7,000 worth of donations have purchased hot lunches for more than 300 students with plans to reach another 5,000 this week.”

— Kami Dimitrova, ABC News

Online Campaign Launched to Create a Legacy Fund in Honour of Tim Jones

January 24, 2014

“An online fundraising campaign has been launched to set up a memorial fund in memory of Tim Jones, the longtime North Shore Rescue team leader who passed away unexpectedly. A FundRazr page titled “In memory of Tim Jones” says the fund will ensure Tim’s vision lives on.”

— Yuliya Talmazan, Global News

Brain Surgery Leaves Rome Torti With Paralysis

December 18, 2013

“‘But everyone has been amazing,’ [said Rachel Torti.] ‘Just with nice thoughts and positivity. But then there have been people … I don’t even know if I will ever know who they are because they have donated anonymously. And then others, people who you have never heard of, businesses, have just been so unbelievably generous. It is amazing. We can never thank these people enough. They have given us a chance and that is all we could ever ask for, it is all that matters.’”

— Amy Remeikis, Brisbane Times

Seahawks Fans Plotting To Fly Banner Above Candlestick Park Sunday

December 3, 2013

“Seahawks fans, who call themselves the 12th man, have raised $1,800 through the website FundRazr to fly a plane with a banner attached that reads ‘GO HAWKS-12’ over the stadium. […] The organizer had sought only $1,300 for the prank, but was discussing on the site the possibility of upgrading to a larger banner after surpassing the original goal and getting contributions from 100 fans.”

— Bill Disbrow, CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service

Growing Companies is Part of Nurturing The Tech Ecosystem

October 28, 2013

“A case in point is Daryl Hatton of, a four-year-old Vancouver startup that facilitates crowdfunding campaigns. Hatton had plenty of previous experience as an entrepreneur — but he also knew from that experience he didn’t know everything. ‘To compensate for this fact of life, I actively work to surround myself with very smart, very experienced people […]’”

— Bill Tam, The Vancouver Sun

WikiLeaks Launches Site For Edward Snowden’s Legal Defense

October 28, 2013

“Wikileaks has set up a new website, Free Snowden, to collect money to defend National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. […] It has raised $21,660 and 116 bitcoins (about $22,950 at today’s market price) for the whistleblower’s ‘legal defense and its associated public campaign.’”

— Adrienne Jeffries, The Verge

Online Fundraiser Aids Stranded Trailer Park Resident

October 15, 2013

“Stephen Chalmers — stranded without power in a Surrey trailer park for more than a month — is finally getting a new home, thanks to an outpouring of generosity from strangers contributing to an online fundraising campaign. In less than a week, more than $5,000 has been raised for Chalmers to help him purchase a new trailer and move into a new park.”

CBC News British Columbia

FundRazr Pushes Crowdfunding to Next Level With Social Platform

October 7, 2013

“How do you out-kick Kickstarter, and out-indie Indiegogo? FundRazr wants to take the next step, and let organizations put crowdfunding onto their own webpages. It’s about building your brand rather than building Indiegogo’s brand.”

— Ivor Tossell, The Globe and Mail

Memorial Planned for Jewish Mother Killed by Car on Yom Kippur

October 3, 2013

“Orly Ohayon’s aunt launched a FundRazr campaign to raise funds for her niece’s treatment and rehabilitation. As of Wednesday, 1054 people had donated $66,445, more than 40% of the $150,000 goal.”

— Anne Cohen, Jewish Daily Forward

FundRazr Introduces Crowdfunding as a Service

September 20, 2013

“FundRazr’s CrowdFunding as a Service Technology (CFaaST) will give customers the ability to run a fully functional crowdfunding service on their own branded site, rather than on aggregation sites like KickStarter or Indiegogo.”

— Rob Lews, Techvibes

Vancouver Firm The Subject of Crowdfunding Reality TV Show

September 17, 2013

“As Fundrazr allows campaigns to run 100 days, much longer than the bigger platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, the hope is the TV show will bring exposure to these campaigns and also the platform itself, with Fundrazr being [The Crowdfunder Show’s] preferred platform for now.”

— Candice So, IT

Fatal Crash Near Synagogue Leaves Neighbors Outraged

September 13, 2013

“Orly’s cousin Karen Brown started a fundraiser on for Orly and the family. As of Sunday night, 190 contributors have raised over $9,500 in seven hours.”

First Coast News

Hope The Kitten Makes Amazing Recovery After Horrific Torture, Needs Your Help

September 13, 2013

“They set up an account to crowdfund donations for Hope’s medical expenses, and as of Friday afternoon, have raised nearly all of their $8,000 goal on the FundRazr site. […] It’s a new version of their critical care fund that gives Tail Wagger’s 1990 the ability to help when pet owners brings in animals who need of medical care they can’t afford.”

— Kate Abbey-Lambertz, Huffington Post

Vancouver’s FundRazr Campaigns to Hit Airwaves

September 10, 2013

“‘After careful review, FundRazr was the first proven crowdfunding platform that met our requirements [for the Crowdfunder Show] for ease of use, flexible campaign lengths, strong customer service and tight social media integration,’ [said executive producer Jordan Whelan.]”

— Nelson Bennett, Business in Vancouver

Greeley Horse Ranch Underwater

September 7, 2013

“Wanderer set up a fundraising webpage, and in just over a day, people had given more than $26,000 to help the Langes rebuild. […] ‘When people in the agricultural industry or the horse business get in trouble,’ Leslie said, ‘there will be somebody there to help you. It’s a big family.’”, Colorado’s News Leader

Injured Logger Fights to Survive

September 4, 2013

“More than 90 people have chipped in money via the website FundRazr to help McCoskey’s parents […] Almost $7,000 had been raised as of Thursday night. Terry McCoskey said the financial and spiritual support from friends, family members and even anonymous donors has been ‘mind-boggling.’”

Chillicothe Gazette

Keian’s Battle: Family Touched by Outpouring of Support For Sick Son

August 19, 2013

“Friends started a campaign on the crowdfunding website FundRazr to help the Blundells cover bills and living costs while they spend every day with their ailing son. Well-wishers have donated more than $32,000 so far. ‘We have complete strangers and people I haven’t seen since high school and they’re coming out of the woodwork and showing support, it’s amazing,’ [said Blundell.]”

— Jeff Lawrence, CTV News Vancouver

6 Top Crowdfunding Websites: Which One Is Right For Your Project?

August 6, 2013

“[FundRazr] is dedicated to raising money for anything from personal causes to nonprofits to entrepreneurial projects. […] Deep social network integration to connect to people in your network, cheap and convenient transaction fees with funds going directly to your PayPal, can be used to fund anything, anywhere.”

— Kate Taylor, Forbes

Community, Monetary Support Strong for Fallen Marshfield Firefighter

July 22, 2013

“Debora Taylor launched the campaign through the crowdfunding platform FundRazr [and has] generated over 100 contributions totaling more than $13,000 as of Monday afternoon. ‘Your smaller communities really gather strongly and rally around that department and help them however they can,’ [said] Bryan Zinanni, the organization’s state coordinator.”

— Scott Harvey, KSMU

‘Crowdfunding’ Sites Pay Medical Bills, Raise Hopes

January 18, 2013

“More and more people are turning to crowdfunding sites such as […] FundRazr […] and others to ask friends, and friends of friends, to consider making a donation. […] These can include situations such as fundraising for a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, aftercare following an accident, fertility treatments, or even replacing a pair of eyeglasses held together with duct tape.”

— Cheryl Alkon, USA Today

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