1 in 3 new GoFundMe campaigns in U.S. are tied to the coronavirus

Well-Paid Maids, a Washington, D.C.-based housecleaning com

Struggling workers, businesses and nonprofit groups across the globe have recently generated an “unprecedented” level of activity on GoFundMe, said Tim Cadogan, CEO of the crowdfunding platform. Collectively, these campaigns have raised more than $40 million over the past few weeks.

The rate of campaign creation is accelerating as fears mount over the spread of the virus. Indeed, over the past 48 hours, one in every three new campaigns created in the U.S. has cited the coronavirus, Cadogan told CBS MoneyWatch.

pany, is temporarily closed and is seeking donations so that it can pay workers while they are on furlough. 

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