Harvard Ave’s Twice Sold Tales is one recipient. After launching its fundraising appeal to help save the used book shop and a post on CHS, an anonymous $10,000 donor joined more than 100 others to help owner Jamie Lutton leap beyond her goal of “one month’s rent.”
Lutton said the funds are apparently fully legitimate and the GoFundMe platform had started making its incremental payouts to the store. Lutton said businesses running fundraising efforts get the money in small payouts — around 25% at a time.
Broadway candy shop Rocket Fizz also turned to the community for support. After CHS reported on owner Theresa Sindelar and her store’s struggles to stay in business through the COVID-19 crisis, Rocket Fizz, too, got a $10,000 donation. Sindelar’s first payment from GoFundMe isn’t due until next week. Until then, she says she’s hoping for the best.
The Redwood City, California-based GoFundMe has seen demand for its services surge amid the crisis. The growth hasn’t all been happy stories with many small business owners running into challenges and delays providing the necessary financial information to receive payouts. Surprise fees are also an issue. Other platforms are facing similar demand and similar problems.
Beyond Twice Sold Tales and Rocket Fizz, there are dozens more such fundraisers active for businesses across Capitol Hill and the Central District. CHS can’t cover them all. And there probably isn’t a $10,000 anonymous gift available to support them. But let us know what we can do to help in comments below or email@example.com.
Many owners are also busy trying to secure grants and loans to make it through. Lutton said so far, no luck for Twice Sold Tales.
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