The Muslim ban in the US is no longer in effect at the moment; but it has still been a tough couple of weeks for many people. Government funding for refugee resettlement organisations has been halted, meaning new immigrants have struggled with being placed somewhere. But Hank Green and his followers are having none of it.
Hank Green just raised almost $72,000 – by selling his fans’ art prints.
Vlogbrother Hank put out a call last week that he would donate $5 to the ACLU for every hand-drawn message of support and solidarity for immigrants coming to the US. In the end, he received over 2,213 submissions; which worked out to be about $11,065.
But Hank didn’t stop there.
Working with 17 of the artists who submitted pieces, Hank put the original prints up for sale on his YouTube merch emporium DFTBA for around $12 each; with the intent to donate 100% of the profits to other refugee resettlement organisations.
So at the end of the temporary sale, the final count in profits stood at a stunning $71,750; an enormous amount that would be split between several organisations.
Now some of the donations have already been received – and the organisations are stunned.
The director of the Refugee Development Center sent Hank her sincere thanks, expressing her previous fears that their lack of funding would have thwarted a lot of their plans for the year.