Ireland has topped GoFundMe’s global generosity charts for the third year in a row, according to the website’s annual giving report for 2021.
And Galway once again came out on top for being the most generous county Ireland, with more donations per capita than any other county.
Over 800,000 donations were made in Ireland throughout 2021 and globally one donation was made every second to help people across the globe.
After Ireland the most generous countries in the world on GoFundMe are; the US, Canada, Great Britain and Australia.
GoFundMe CEO Tim Cadogan said: “We saw again in 2021 that people want to help each other, as communities around the world turned to GoFundMe as the easiest, safest and most effective place to take action and make an impact.
“This year, we saw an overwhelming display of gratitude on the platform. More than 15 million thank you messages were sent to the GoFundMe community, reiterating that these donations are so much more than a transaction, they are profoundly important acts of support and hope.”
As the Covid-19 pandemic continued and its impact was felt around the world, people continued to donate to support campaigns helping those worst affected as well as other causes – campaigns for newlyweds, animals and the environment were the fastest growing categories over the last twelve months.
The Mark Dalton Recovery Fund raised over €318,000 to help the secondary school student and Waterford Minor Hurler on his rehabilitation journey after a devastating car crash at the end of last year.
The Help us provide a home for Shelly and her girls campaign raised over €280,000 to help Shelly and her family build their home after her husband was tragically killed in a workplace accident.
The young family had been living in a mobile home on the site they intended to build on while they saved when the tragic accident occurred.
The Johnny Hasset campaign, started by The Breeze-up Consignors Association earlier this year, was set up to help pay for Johnny’s cancer treatment and has raised €277,180.