Direct Impact Fund is an independent, registered 501(c)(3) public charity.
Its mission is simple: provide effective, fast and transparent support to survivors of natural and manmade disasters, and fund education and other charitable initiatives worldwide.
You may not have heard about Direct Impact Fund; it is just over a year old but has raised over $30 million and disbursed grants with efficiency generally at or above 96%. The majority of our campaigns this past year have served to help survivors of recent hurricanes, fires and, sadly, shootings. Because of its relationship with GoFundMe, Direct Impact Fund is able to collect donations, from $5 to $15,000, with very little overhead or marketing spend.
On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert goers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. Working together with the Direct Impact Fund, Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas, set up a campaign the very next day on GoFundMe to collect tax-deductible donations to help all those impacted by the shooting. See this link. Once the dust settled, the Las Vegas Victims Fund and a committee were organized to determine how best to use the funds collected.
GoFundMe is the world’s largest and most trusted online fundraising platform, with over $5 billion raised from over 50 million donors globally. It has partnered with Direct Impact Fund to provide crowdfunding services for the purposes of funding education initiatives and establishing relief funds following natural or manmade disasters.
Some funds have been created by campaigns started by individuals. For example, following the fires in 2017 in Northern California, Direct Impact fund worked with a Napa resident to provide relief to all those affected by fires. Raising over $600,000, Direct Impact Fund distributed the relief fund to various charities providing food and shelter to victims of the fire, volunteer fire departments, and others. See this link. And after the February 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, a group of alumni from Stoneman Douglas High School organized and started a fund with Direct Impact Fund for their movement against gun violence. See this link
Direct Impact Fund will at times partner with GoFundMe to create a special fund to address a specific charitable cause, often before people have time to organize. For example, it established a fund following Hurricane Harvey, raising over $500,000, and then made grants to vetted campaigns for the hurricane survivors. See this link. And in August 2018, Direct Impact Fund, GoFundMe, and FWD.us partnered to create a special fund to support DREAMers seeking to renew their DACA applications. See this link.