Memorial Crowdfunding – Nohemi Gonzalez


Nohemi Gonzalez Memorial Fundraiser

Losing a loved one is traumatic enough, and scrambling to come up with the necessary funeral expenses makes it even harder to get through such an emotional turbulent situation. DonationTo offers a memorial fundraising platform to help with the financial aspects of your loss, and people around the world have already utilized this service to pay for funerals, memorial services and much more.

Our easy to use site enables anyone to quickly begin accepting donations online. You do not need any special technical skills or fundraising experience to get started. Simply tell your story, upload some relevant imagery and get everyone you know to share the link to your campaign. Our partnership with PayPal and WePay enables donors to make a contribution 24/7 from any web-enabled device.

The world was rocked by the Paris terrorist attacks that took place on November 13, 2015. Approximately 130 people lost their lives to the unimaginable actions of a few terrorists, and Nohemi Gonzalez was one of them. Nohemi was a 23-year-old Cal State Long Beach student who was spending a semester abroad when the attacks took place.

The industrial design major was in her senior year, and she and three friends were socializing at the La Belle Equipe bistro when she was killed by a drive-by shooting. This tragic incident has strongly affected her family, friends and fellow students, and one student made the decision to launch an to help support Nohemi’s parents.

The goal of this fundraiser is to accumulate a combined $25,000 in donations, all of which will be sent directly to the Gonzalez family. To date, more than $21,600 has been contributed by generous individuals from around the world. This outpouring of financial assistance will make it possible for the family to pay for funeral related expenses.

Showing Support Through Comments

Online giving is a very tangible way to help people in need. However, these same people have emotional needs as well, so we have created a comments page that is attached to every fundraiser. This gives donors the important opportunity to provide a few words of comfort, which can help family members and friends find some solace during such an emotionally devastating time.

Nohemi’s story resonated with people on many levels, and the comments that have been posted showcase how strongly people connect with her loss. For example, Lauren Brown’s personal experiences made her very sympathetic to the Gonzalez family.

Along with her $150 contribution, Lauren left a touching comment:

“My heart swells for this girl I never knew and for her family. Thirty years ago, my father died from an act of terrorism in Madrid. Fifteen years ago, I was a study abroad student of art and design in Florence. Today, I am a brand designer in Las Vegas with a penchant for international design projects and a passion for the fight against terrorism. May she and all those she loved find peace.”

The New York Times featured a story about Nohemi


This video shares more details about her story. The New York Times stated

“Ms. Gonzalez, a student at California State University, Long Beach, was spending a semester at the Strate School of Design in Paris. Friends and colleagues said she could barely believe her good fortune to be in the glittering French capital — her first time living in Europe — and had been giddily crisscrossing the city, from the Eiffel Tower to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

But when terrorists armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked restaurants, a stadium and a concert hall in and around Paris on Friday night, Ms. Gonzalez, 23, was one of the 129 people killed.”

Memorial Fundraising

In these uncertain times, we can truly never know when someone will be taken from us far too soon in the blink of an eye. To make matters even worse, the average cost of a funeral in the U.S. is an astounding $10,000. This is a financial burden that far too many families are unprepared for, and the sudden loss of their loved one’s wages exacerbates the problem. With this in mind, it is no wonder that memorial fundraisers have become an increasingly common practice.

It is important for people to recognize that flowers and other traditional niceties cannot possibly provide the same type of comfort and practical assistance that is derived from an online donation and some kind words. After all, financial difficulties are one of the most stressful things about life, and no one needs to deal with this while they are grieving.

Fortunately, DonationTo makes it possible for people worldwide to offer a helping hand to others when they need it the most. As an added bonus, these pages can help family members who live out-of-town stay more connected throughout the entire process. We are proud to offer memorial crowdfunding pages and have hosted thousands of successful campaigns.


The unexpected death of a loved one is often accompanied by the crippling financial blow of paying for a funeral. With DonationTo on your side, you can reach out to others for assistance during your moment of need. Our easy to use memorial crowdfunding platform enables you to collect online donations via WePay and PayPal, and each contribution is available in real time.

Nohemi’s friend and fellow student launched a fundraiser to help her family deal with the financial reality of losing a 23-year-old daughter. More than 475 people from around the globe have donated, and this will help offset the extraordinary expenses associated with flying Nohemi’s body home so that the family can have a local funeral.

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