LaunchGood

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Launch Good, Inc.
LaunchGood logo.svg
Type of site
Crowdfunding
Headquarters
Founder(s)
  • Chris Blauvelt
  • Amany Killawi
  • Omar Hamid
Websitelaunchgood.com
Launched8 October 2013

LaunchGood is a crowdfunding[1] platform focused on the Muslim community worldwide. LaunchGood went live in October 2013 and in its first two years has raised more than $3 million for 370+ projects across 30 countries.[2] [3]

LaunchGood is one of a number of crowdfunding platforms for gathering money from the public, which circumvents traditional avenues of investment. Project creators choose a deadline and a minimum funding goal, and usually provide rewards or "perks" for contributors at various levels.

The founders of LaunchGood are Chris Blauvelt, Amany Killawi and Omar Hamid.[4] They are based out of Detroit, Michigan and Atlanta, Georgia.

Projects[edit]

LaunchGood has been used to fundraise for several nationally recognized projects, including a campaign to help rebuild African-American churches destroyed by arson in the summer of 2015,[5][6] and a campaign to fund the legal team of Adnan Syed (widely known from the podcast Serial) through a special appeal of his conviction.[7] Each of these campaigns raised more than $100,000 through the platform.[8][9] An October 2018 campaign to help pay for Jewish burials for the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, and the medical bills of survivors, raised its goal of $25,000 in six hours and went on to raise more than $200,000.[10][11]

Awards[edit]

LaunchGood has received multiple awards, including:

  • Islamic Economy Award, Small & Medium Enterprises (SME)[12]
  • American Muslim Consumer Conference (AMCC), Entrepreneur Showcase[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muslims raise $48,000 to rebuild burned black churches". CNN. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  2. ^ "About us: Launch Good". LaunchGood. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  3. ^ "LaunchGood Doing Good". Muslim Observer. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  4. ^ "LaunchGood - About Us". LaunchGood. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Why Muslims are raising money for black churches destroyed by fire": Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 8 September 2015
  6. ^ Frances, Kai-Hwa Wang (9 July 2015). "Muslim Community Rallies to Rebuild Burned Black Churches". Retrieved 9 September 2015 – via NBC News.
  7. ^ "Adnan Syed Is Getting A Second Podcast After 'Serial'": Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 September 2015
  8. ^ "Respond with Love: Rebuild Black Churches, Support Victims of Arson across the South": LaunchGood. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  9. ^ "The Adnan Syed Trust": LaunchGood. Retrieved 8 September 2015
  10. ^ Sadeque, Samira (October 30, 2018). "U.S. Muslims Raise $190,000 for Burial of Jewish Pittsburgh Victims". Haaretz. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  11. ^ "Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue". LaunchGood. 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  12. ^ "Mohammed presents Islamic Economy Awards". Emirates 24/7. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  13. ^ "Launch Good — Ummah Wide". Medium. Retrieved 2015-08-24.

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