Nepal Earthquake Triggers Wave of Crowdfunding Relief

By Tadhg Walker

Following Nepal’s deadliest natural disaster in over 80 years crowdfunding websites have been quickly utilised to direct aid to those in need. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake ripped through the country, leaving ruin and enormous loss. The UN estimates that at least 8 million people are affected with the death toll currently sitting at over 7000 and rising.

Global coverage of the disaster has been immediate. Sixteen nations have already rushed search and rescue teams to Nepal to help with the devastation, while many other nations have teams waiting and are pledging tens of millions in donations. Many more people want to help but do not have the skills or capacity to travel directly to Nepal to participate. People are turning to crowdfunding websites as they are uniquely placed to get support and funds to where they are needed.

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The Philippines: Crowdfunding to recover from Typhoon Haiyan

By Crowdfund Vibe staff writers

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated Southeast Asia in November of 2013. It was particularly destructive in the Philippines and catastrophic to the Visayan Islands, leaving thousands homeless. Some of the hardest hit  locations are remote where it is difficult to provide assistance. Governments and organizations like the International Red Cross have helped with money and resources, but more is still needed for the rebuilding effort. In today’s age of technology many people around the world wanted to help those affected by the typhoon; the internet and crowdfunding have been able to raise the necessary funds to do just that.

Large US-based international sites such as Crowdrise, GoFundMe and Indiegogo generated significant funds to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. These sites had scores of campaigns from around the world. GoFundMe eventually counted over 230 separate campaigns to help affected people. The not-for-profit crowdfunding platform Crowdrise, at one point featured a rotating carousel of Haiyan aid campaigns at the top of its front page. Two notable high profile efforts were the $65,000 raised by the rock band Linkin Park for their Music for Relief campaign, and the $1.7M that United Airlines raised.

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