When people are connected, they can achieve extraordinary things
We’ve seen how a post on Facebook can get someone life-saving help, how a video challenge can raise record amounts for ALS research, how a hashtag can become a global call to action and how people show up for each other in times of need. It’s these acts of kindness and community that inspire us to build new tools and features to enable the best of what people can do together.
See how people are using Meta to support each other around the world
When wildfires ravaged New South Wales in January 2020, Australian actress-comedian Celeste Barber turned to Facebook fundraisers to raise money for bushfire relief efforts. Her fundraiser quickly became the biggest in Facebook fundraising history, generating $36 million for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades Donations Fund. Also, as part of our Data for good program, disaster response organizations like Direct Relief delivered 500,000 N95 masks to those impacted most by the wildfires.
After seeing Community Help posts from people who were trapped by the floods from Hurricane Harvey, brothers Austin and Nathan from Lake Jackson, Texas grabbed their boat, drove to Houston and rescued 20 people from the rising waters.
Zabir from Bharuch, Gujarat regularly donates blood at a neighborhood blood bank. When he came across the Blood Donation feature on Facebook, he registered himself as a donor. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he saw a post from Bharuch General Hospital on Facebook with an urgent request for blood due to shortages during the COVID-19 lockdown. Zabir shared the call for blood with his friends and they all donated to help meet the need.
Every year, thousands of children go missing around the world. To help, Meta partners with law enforcement and other stakeholders to distribute AMBER Alerts in 23 countries. In January, we started working with the South Africa Police Service to send AMBER Alerts on Facebook so people in the designated search area can see information and spread the word.
Our goal is to give people the tools they need to support each other
Inspired by the ways people raised awareness through the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, we built fundraising tools to help people support the causes most important to them. Today through Facebook and Instagram, people fundraise for nonprofits, personal causes like health or educational needs, or for their favorite small business. When each person gives what they can, their impact can be incredible. Since January 2020, people have raised more than $100M for COVID-related fundraisers, and over half of donations were $25 each. And since May of 2020, people raised nearly $50M for racial justice causes - showing their solidarity and raising awareness during this critical moment.
We launched Safety Check in December 2014, following Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines, to help people let their loved ones know they’re safe, and in 2015 we expanded Safety Check beyond natural disasters for the Paris terrorist attacks. In 2017, after seeing people affected by crises mobilize their communities to help each other in Pages and Groups, we created Facebook Crisis Response, a place for people to check to see if their loved ones are safe via Safety Check, request or offer help and find timely information from first-hand and official sources.
After seeing hundreds of posts on Facebook calling for blood donors, we launched the Blood Donations feature in 2017 to make it easy for people to sign up to donate and find local hospitals and blood banks in need. Now, more than 70 million people across 14 countries have signed up as blood donors.
In 2014, we launched our first Election Day reminders for elections in India to encourage people to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Since then, we’ve helped millions of people register to vote and this year we launched our Voting Information Center in the US to provide a one-stop-shop for information on how to register and vote.
Helping People in Ukraine
We’re sharing stories of how people around the world are helping Ukrainian refugees.
Supporting Muslim Mothers
Nafisa R. uses Facebook Fundraisers to support other Muslim mothers.
Spread Kindness This GivingTuesday and Beyond
See how people show generosity on our apps not just on GivingTuesday, but every day.