Trump’s ban on refugees prompts fundraising and giving campaigns

first_img4. Pro bono supportMany lawyers volunteered and turned up to air ports to provide free legal advice to families of those being held in detention as a result of the Presidential ban. They were not permitted access to the individuals in detention.LITERALLY on the ground. Volunteer lawyers are working pro-bono on a Saturday preparing habeus corpus petitions for detainees at JFK.— NYC Mayor’s Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) January 28, 2017[email protected]’s CEO supports Trump, and @lyft vows to donate $1M over the next four years to @ACLU. #DeleteUber #DownloadLyft #MuslimBan— Mike Lynch (@MikeLynch09) January 29, 2017 Tagged with: Celebrity crowdfunding Digital matched giving politics pro bono Howard Lake | 30 January 2017 | News President Trump’s executive order banning refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries has inspired a variety of fundraising and giving campaigns. These are designed to support individuals directly affected, organisations supporting refugees, and organisations opposing the ban.1. $24m to ACLUACLU’s front page (30 January 2017)One of the biggest beneficiaries was the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which received $24m in donations over the weekend following the ban, in the form of 350,000 gifts. It successfully persuaded a Federal District Court Judge to issue a stay. $19.4 million since Saturday. Keep it up, America. @ACLU are the heroes we need to support. #MuslimBan— Megan Tompkins-Stange (@tompkinsstange) January 30, 2017 Hey, Internet: @JenRisher & I’ll match gifts TODAY to @aclu ↑ to $50K, inspired by @Sia, @sacca, @lyft. LMK.— David Risher (@davidrisherWR) January 29, 2017 Other supportOther companies also offered support in a variety of different non-financial ways. In addition to providing some instant or long-term support, these were clearly designed to demonstrate to the public and to politicians that the company did not support what had by then become referred to as the #Muslimban. The President has criticised the use of this phrase as inaccurate.• Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years. An open letter to staff from CEO Howard Shultz stated that the firm would:“neither stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new administration’s actions grows with each passing day”.He stated:“There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognised as refugees by the United Nations, and we are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business. And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support.”• Airbnb’s CEO and founder Brian Chesky offered free accommodation to those affected by the ban, saying:“Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone else who needs it in the event they are denied the ability to board a US-bound flight and are not in your city/country of residence.” will use its disaster response tool to offer free housing to displaced people when needed. Some individual supporters set up their own campaign for ACLU, including one via Facebook Donate (available to US nonprofits): A $20,000 Match Offer On ACLU Donations Today. Tweet your ACLU receipts to @bfeld @abatchelor @thegothamgal or me— Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) January 29, 2017 I just deleted my #uber app. #DeleteUber #resist— Harvey McKinnon (@harveymckinnon) January 29, 2017There was even at least one opportunity to make signing up for Lyft raise funds for another nonprofit:’s CEO has announced the creation of a $2 million fund for immigrant and refugee causes. It could be worth up to $4 million as it is inviting its staff to match it.The funding will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and UNHCR.  160 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Got to give love to all the volunteer lawyers who have been offering their help since yesterday! #NoBanNoWall #MuslimBan #LawyerLove #NYC— Murad Awawdeh (@HeyItsMurad) January 30, 2017 Incredible! I’ll match your donations to @ACLU in support of our LGBTQ immigrant family up to $10,000 through @TieTheKnotOrg. #NoBanNoWall— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his) (@jessetyler) January 30, 2017 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 2. Actor’s crowdfunding appeal raises $600,000+Actor Kal Penn reacted to a bigoted social media message by launching an appeal for Syrian refugees which has raised over $600,000.He shared an edited version of the original message which he was told “you don’t belong in this country”. He announced that he had set up a crowdfunding campaign in the Instagram name of the person who he said had sent this message. of course was one of the countries included in the Presidential ban.The appeal was in aid of the International Rescue Committee.$250,000 was donated within 24 hours, so he had to keep raising the target to $50,000 and now $600,000. Triple your donation. Send your receipts to me too. I’ll match to $25k. Thanks @sacca for taking the lead!— Tony Fadell (@tfadell) January 29, 2017  159 total views,  3 views today In Dec, @collision made a large donation to the ACLU—”they’re going to matter”. I wish I had. Will now match $50k.— Patrick Collison (@patrickc) January 29, 2017 Okay: the amazing @natfriedman is *also* going to match $50k. (Even if he’s not tagged.) So you get a 3X multiplier by donating now.— Patrick Collison (@patrickc) January 29, 2017 I could march at airports tonight. So instead, I’ll match donations to @ACLU (up to $1000). Screenshot your receipt for me. And–GO.— Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing) January 28, 2017 Trump’s ban on refugees prompts fundraising and giving campaigns 3. Peer to peer matched givingUsing Nick Burne’s definition of this phenomenon, the fundraising totals for campaigns such as that for ACLU were further boosted by a number of offers of matched giving by celebrities and Twitter users.Many came forward, unprompted it would seem, to offer to match a variety of different sums, in order to encourage others to donate. you all for your support!— ACLU (@ACLU) January 30, 2017 Tweet a pic of your @ACLU donation to me and @sabaatahir, and we will match total donations up to $1,500!! ??? #Resist— renee ahdieh (@rahdieh) January 30, 2017 Nick Burne has shared his analysis of the mobile giving platform and content that helped ensure that ACLU could handle such a wave of gifts in what was effectively an emergency campaign.In Just how did ACLU raise so much so quickly? ($24million in 48 hours this weekend) he highlights the role of:Spontaneous “peer-to-peer matching” which went viral thanks to social mediaA mobile donation experience optimised for touchA home page focused on asking for a donationA compelling, distraction-free, single page donation page (with a monthly gift upsell)  3. Corporate donationsAfter transportation company Uber did not distance itself from President Trump and his policy fast enough, rival company Lyft seized the opportunity. It did the right thing by announcing it would donate $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years of the Trump presidency. Of course, it knew it would benefit commercially from so doing, as Uber users started to close their account and delete the app. Actually, better yet send me your donation receipts for the @aclu TODAY & I will match up to $1000… #RESIST— Maril Davis (@NightMaril) January 29, 2017 Pop-up donation box on front page of ACLU’s website (30 January 2017) 1/ Inspired by @patrickc and others, I’ll also match $50k of donations to the @ACLU. Just reply with a screenshot of the receipt.— Mike Vernal (@mvernal) January 29, 2017 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more