Reddit Users Raise $200,000+ for Charity for Colbert Rally

By Jared Keller

Internet communities are often derided as cesspools for derogatory comments or juvenile digital pranks. But, like other social spaces, they can and do evolve. Reddit's users have formed into a cohesive and vibrant social network that can even mobilizes to produce positive outcomes out in the "real world." Most recently, they raised real money for charity in honor of Stephen Colbert's "truthiness" rally, Time reports.

It all started with one Reddit user, mrsammercer, posting about an idea he had in a dream -- Stephen Colbert hosting a mock rally in response to Glenn Beck's recent Restoring Honor event in Washington, D.C. Fellow users took action, dubbing the event Restoring Truthiness, designing a new Reddit page for the event and hosting their own website.

Instead of simply using these sites to pester Colbert, fans decided to get some attention by doing some good. In only one day, the Restoring Truthiness movement has donated $100,000 and counting to educational charities through DonorsChoose.org, an organization of which Colbert is a board member. The money came so quickly that DonorsChoose.org's server broke, and Reddit users shattered Hillary Clinton's previous record of raising $29,945 for DonorsChoose.

 Read the full story at Time.


Update, 2:11 PM: Commenters note that the amount of money raised has far surpassed $100,000 as stated in the original headline. As of the time of this update, Reddit users have donated $224,443. Track their progress at DonorsChoose.org.

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