As part of the fundraiser, YouTubers have raised more than $10 million to plant trees around the world and have now met more than half of its fundraising goals. The project, called Team Tree, allows YouTubers to make videos on the platform and ask viewers for donations. The goal is to raise $20 million by the end of the year to plant 20 million trees through the Arbor Day Foundation.
Thanks to large contributions from technical managers, the target was quickly half-completed. Tesla CEO Elon Musk donated $1 million on Tuesday; Shopify CEO Tobi L?tke donated $1 million on Wednesday; And YouTube CEO Susan Worthy Wojcicki donated $200,000 on Wednesday; Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey appearto to have donated twice, $150,000 and $200,000, respectively.
Well-known YouTubers have also made some of the biggest donations. Jimmy Kimmel The Beast,” jimmy “Mr Beast”, was the driving force behind the organization’s “Team Tree”, which made two separate donations totalling $200,000. Another organizer, Mark Rober, donated $50,000; Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg donated $69,420; and Jessica and Tyler Blevins, aka Ninja, donated $15,000.
The fund-raising campaign was fruitful. More than 500 YouTube videos about the project have been posted, with tens of millions of views. More than a dozen videos have been viewed more than a million times. The Team Trees fundraiser began at 3 p.m. EST on October 25, and YouTube employees began posting videos calling for donations. As of Thursday morning, the campaign had raised more than $10.7 million in donations.