The amazing Zoe update and the Chive Charities Fund (11 HQ Photos)

Yesterday was a watershed moment in theCHIVE's history. It marked a day when years of work to bring all of our charity in-house came to fruition. After officially launching Chive Charities, it took the Chivers only 6 hours to eclipse the single largest financial goal we've ever set. We could not have pulled all this off without y'all. You proved to the world that the flash-mob charity model is here to stay and, most importantly, you forever changed the course of a little girl's life for the better.

Zoe and her family were at theCHIVE offices all day. We all sat around the TV watching as the totals came in - kinda' like election day only without all the bullshit. The Lush family was more or less in shock for the first couple hours but it gave way to the most genuine excitement I've ever seen. And finally, gratitude. Zoe's family has asked me to thank the Chivers from the bottom of their hearts. It's been a long hard road for them, and finally now you've brought a light to a dark corner.

Even though Zoe's campaign is closed, hundreds of Chivers have emailed us asking to donate to Zoe. If you'd like to send them anything personally. Here is the address:

Curtis, Chelsea, and Zoe Lush
21342 Compass Ln.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Because we have brought everything in-house, we must account for every expenditure that we make. We itemize Zoe's specific needs and set the financial goal based on that. The IRS guidelines force us to be more rigid with our campaigns and that's ok. The days of soaring past our goals are over but our days of helping more people have just begun. Enter the Chive Charities Fund.

There is an important component to yesterday's Chive Charities inaugural launch that I want to make everybody aware of. As many of you know, I receive dozens of emails everyday from Chivers who seek out theCHIVE for help. I still read all of these stories personally. What I've noticed is that many Chivers need a small amount to make a big difference.

For example: Let's say there is a Chivette mother of three. Her apartment burned down recently and she's back home living with her mom. She emails me and just needs help getting back on her feet, $5,000 would do the trick. She doesn't want any more than that.

Now if I launched a major campaign on theCHIVE homepage asking the Chivers to donate to this woman, you'd build her a mansion in the Hamptons, and probably a boathouse out back. It's the amazing flaw inherent in theCHIVER's prodigious capacity for giving, you won't stop until the machine breaks.

The Chive Fund exists to support people in need of smaller generosities than the headline campaigns, help underfunded campaigns meet their goals, and build support that allows Chive Charities to operate (currently 1 awesome employee). Leo and I will never receive a paycheck from Chive Charities.

By becoming a Charity Chiver at one of our 4 levels or making a one-time donation to the Chive Fund, you are helping champion the underdogs. There are a number of cool perks you receive for becoming a member, not least of which is getting your hands on those awesome Chive Charity shirts we're all wearing in these photos as well as first-look at all the 'impossible shirts'.

Or you can simply make a one-time donation.

Chive Charities will be our lasting legacy. I will now be able to read these emails from worthy individuals who just need a little help and offer more than a few kind words of support. With your help I can now offer real help. We'll be sure to bring you the stories of the Chivers you help with The Fund on theCHIVE.

Lastly, I can't thank you enough for what you've done yesterday. Not only did you help Zoe, but across the globe now, we've helped achieve a greater understanding of a misunderstood disorder. Only good things can come from that. The world is slowly getting 10% happier.

Donate to the Chive Charities Fund RIGHT HERE.

Now please enjoy a gallery of yesterday's events...

Zoe is not mentally disabled. She was, on some level, aware of the gravity of the situation. She clapped when we hit each $10,000 level and signed goodbye to all of us when she left.

Thanks again, Chivers.

Donate to the Chive Charities Fund RIGHT HERE.

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  • Samantha Pine

    #11, #9

    The Chive continues to restore my faith in humanity. And they seem to be getting better and better at it. I can gladly put $5 behind that.

    • nate33uc

      i think somethings wrong with my eyes…they have salty water pouring out of them. #9 the sincerity on john's face is priceless and could not be made without true emotion and care. what a great community this is and I've never been more proud to be a chiver (said that a few times now). KCCO

    • TomFoolery

      Is it just me or is John holding a beer?

  • AB

    Just an awesome story. Glad to be a Chiver

    • brianmerce

      Gnocco, I think this is exactly what makes theCHIVE and its community special. For what it's worth, Dave on Wheels will never happen with Chive Charities. The truth is that Chive Charities will only be helping causes once someone qualified and close to the cause submits an application through snail mail. If an application is deemed worthy through our qualification process, we will then start the process of speaking to professionals (medical, etc) that are close to the cause / situation. We call / visit with individuals & organizations involved. Insurance, diagnosis and other pertinent information is examined. These are just some of the steps we take to vet causes we actually move forward with.

      • Thumbs down

        You guys are awesome keep it up man!

      • ColaChiver

        oh and Pwn points to Brian. Boom!

    • ColaChiver

      For the people who ask, "How do I get the point across to people what TheChive is about? How do I get them started?" It's stories like this. I showed people the Taylor Morris Story and posted it to their Facebook Walls and there are several new Chivers because of it.

      One day we'll be the originals that were a part of The Chive before it became a household thing. Chive on to all and to Zoey….I hope you kick the ever-loving shit out of the challenges in your way. KCCO.

  • http://thechive.com/ mattythegooch

    Well Done, CHIVE!!! (teardrop)

    • loves sammiches

      I personally would like to give a special thanks to Erin Willett. I know it doesn't mean much coming from an anonymous "ghost," but I'm pretty sure she is deserving of at least a thank you.

    • urinal puck

      I swear, I just poked my self in the eye, no really I did. That's why they are watering. No really.

  • Paul

    #11

    I got 4 emails yesterday from old friends about Zoe. This is just the begining for her methinks

  • TheYesMan25

    You hang in there Zoe! KCCO! So glad chive was a part of this!

  • Demitri

    #5

    if you look carefully, ever single one of them has a beer. I love these fucking guys

  • Jbs

    First…? Jk. Truly amazing chive

  • MOAR

    #11 Terrific photo to end a great post.

  • baddbuzz

    #11 Godspeed Zoe . . chive nation rocks

  • CosmoKramerTheAssMan

    Love this story. Proud to have contributed. Best wishes to the entire family, and John, you and the crew have hearts of gold. Thank you for what you do.

    CKTAM

  • LIJay

    Proud to be a Chiver! Keep up the amazing work, guys.

  • Turd Ferguson

    #11 she looks wiped out, but so darn cute!

  • savagecabbage

    Pardon me…. something in my eye

  • Unfkngblvbl

    #6

    My wife and I support the best we can, which isn't much, but we try. We'd love to support by buying a couple Chive Charities shirts, but can't afford the monthly rate. Can we do this and have t-shirt proceeds go to Chive Charities?

    • Joel J

      You know, it is not about how much you can give. It is about doing what you can.

  • Josh

    Fucking sand storm just blew through my office! So proud to be a part of theChive community. Best in the world.

  • Pedros_Rooster

    Some days it feels dam good to be a Chiver. KCCO Zoe!

  • devon

    #9

    "… you'd build her a mansion in the Hamptons, and probably a boathouse out back. It's the amazing flaw inherent in theCHIVER's prodigious capacity for giving, you won't stop until the machine breaks."

    Couldn't have said it better myself

    • DDD

      The look Zoe is giving John is priceless , like " Love ya brother but slow your roll , youre a little toasty.. "

      KCCO Glad i got my donation in on time….

      Now who has a towel? SOmeone is cutting onions again…

    • uplim

      I'm just a little sad that there won't be days of flying past targets anymore…
      I understand the reasoning but that was always one of the neatest parts about the Chivers' generosity

  • ChivetteKellie

    KCCO Zoe! You have some amazing people standing with you and behind you!

  • iwannameetbill

    as a father of 2 healthy little boys, i can't feel deep enough for this little girl and her family. bless you all chivers

  • Frank

    #9, #2

    $10 coming your way, chive fund, i can't think of a better way to spend my beer money

    • j10

      'atta boy, but for that you deserve a beer.

  • Kevin

    So proud to be part of theChive community.

  • ChiverOnFoot

    Donated to Zoe and joined the Chive Fund as a Gold Member, can't wait to start seeing this helping people who really need it. Keep up the Good work, KCCO!

    • Jim Kelly

      Gold is $50, or $50/month?

      • ChiverOnFoot

        $50/month

        • Jim Kelly

          thx. have to see if iI can maybe join one of them.

        • Max

          Cool that you donated but gloating just makes you sound bad. Thousands of people donated and then quietly chived on.
          That's the beauty of it.

          • j10

            Absolutely, I just saw someone posting a photo op on facebook of them volunteering for the holidays. Do something amazing, then resist the urge to tell anyone about it. Do it for you and the cause. It truly feels amazing.

            • Thethairestaurant

              Whats wrong with talking about volunteering? This isnt Fight Club, people should want to spread the word and bring these things to light, if The Chive never talked about these things hardly anyone would know about them.

  • hi mom

    how much percentage of sales on $30 tshirts does chive donate?

    • Zak

      considering they opened zoe's charity with a $5k donation, I think enough. They brought people together and are changing lives, the money they personally put behind it is insignificant.

      • SCiD709

        Ignore it Zak

        There's always some lame ass internet troll who has nothing better to do than see their own name in lights. Be consoled in the fact that "hi mom" will probably die a lonely death as everyone around them, tired of the negativity runs away.

        • rickross

          you sure told him

    • bizarrogreg

      Chive off mate

  • TheVanityScore

    hell yeah chivers are the shit!!!

    • TheVanityScore

      P.S. Zoe i wish you the best of luck. The Chive will always be here to help you out.

      and Jessica Chobot you are extremely hot.

  • dusan

    #3

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