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
Our goal is to give people the tools that 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 charities, personal causes such as health or educational needs, or for their favourite small business. When each person gives what they can, their impact can be incredible. Since January 2020, people have raised more than USD 100M for COVID-related fundraisers, and over half of donations were USD 25 each. And since May 2020, people raised nearly USD 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 that 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 mobilise 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 Centre in the US to provide a one-stop shop for information on how to register and vote.