Emily Dalton Smith: November 14, 2018




Emily Dalton Smith

Director, Social Good Product, Facebook

People around the world use Facebook’s charitable giving tools to help nonprofits bring food to those in need, support those who lost everything in the California fires, bring critical care to a child battling cancer, and so much more. And now, these tools have reached a major milestone. Since they were introduced in 2015, people have raised over $1 billion on Facebook for nonprofit and personal causes, either through Facebook Fundraisers, Donate buttons, or via the Fundraisers API. Their nonprofit community also continues to grow, and there are now 1.3 million nonprofits in 18 countries that can receive donations directly through Facebook.

What does $1 billion in giving look like? Here are some stories that help bring it to life:

  • Amelia Dalton created a personal fundraiser to help her family in Paradise, CA. Her grandmother and brother both lost their homes. She has raised $11,155.
  • Brock Marquez created a fundraiser for Ashelee’s Toy Closet to help deliver new toys to children affected by the Camp Fire. She has raised $5,466.
  • Carmella Pingatore is raising funds for her mom, Lynda Pingatore, who lost everything in the fire that affected the Malibu area. She doesn’t have renters insurance and needs help getting back on her feet. She has raised $7,235.
  • Rachel Roland is raising money for LA County Fire to help them get more supplies. She has raised $6,946.
  • Charlotte and Dave Willner started the “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” Facebook Fundraiser, in support of RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) with an initial goal to raise $1,500. In less than a week, their fundraiser grew to be the largest single fundraiser to date, raising nearly $21 million, from over 500,000 donors across over 30 countries.
  • Teresa Burrell started the “Siblings fight for their lives after losing parents in fatal accident” Facebook Fundraiser for her nieces and nephews, Wyatt, Angela, Zachary and Nicholas, who lost their parents and youngest sibling in a tragic car accident. The four siblings were in need of serious medical care, as well as support for funeral arrangements and ongoing assistance. In less than two months, over 5,000 donors from around the world helped raise almost $300,000 for the family. Teresa has shared updates on the children’s progress and resilience along the way.

There are so many stories like these — with fundraisers both big and small — that have made a lasting impact on their communities. In this satellite interview, Facebook’s Emily Dalton Smith will talk about this major milestone and share what’s new when it comes to raising money via Facebook for causes dear to your heart. She’ll also discuss Facebook’s plans for Giving Tuesday, including how they plan to match donations this year.

For more information please visit: facebook.com/fundraisers


Emily Dalton Smith leads the Social Good product team at Facebook, overseeing product development of the company’s Charitable Giving, Crisis Response, Health, and Mentorship tools. Previously, she lead Social Good Partnerships, where she played a key role in working with nonprofit and brand partners to help them raise money via Facebook for the causes they care about. She joined Facebook from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she managed the foundation’s investments in personalized learning technologies for K-12 students. Emily worked previously in public higher education and is an advisory board member of the Adult Literacy X Prize. She also previously served as a New Schools Seed Fund board member and member of the Sunnylands Math Strategy Group.  Previous speaking engagements include the Facebook Leadership Communications Summit and the GSV Education + Technology Summit. Emily served as the spokesperson for the Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Hack Ed-Tech for Good, and she has co-authored articles for the Gates Foundation about children’s literacy

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