MrBeast is known for giving out insane amount of money to people, but now he’s managed to organize one of the internet’s most successful charity drives with the Team Trees campaign.
The internet banded together to help the YouTuber reach his $20 million goal by January 1, and they did so with days to spare, breaking it on December 19.
The Team Trees initiative was set up in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s reforestation program, where each dollar donated was a tree planted. With MrBeast’s influence, the campaign got off to an explosive start, with more than $4 million raised in the first 24 hours.
Team Trees garnered the attention of massive names including Elon Musk, who donated $1 million to the initiative, as well as Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Jeffree Star, and a host of other stars.
The trend took the internet by storm, hitting the top of both YouTube and Twitter shortly after its release.
20 million trees – in less than two months – is an incredible accomplishment and it belongs to all of us. Whether you donated, created content, or simply told your friends about #TeamTrees, this win is yours.
— TeamTreesOfficial (@teamtreesofficl) December 19, 2019
MrBeast has expressed his gratitude for everyone who supported the champion, which blew up the internet in October. The YouTuber himself donated $200,002 to the campaign
“Thank you so much to the over 500,000 different people that donated and the hundreds of influential people that promoted the campaign,” he said. “Team Trees was more than planting 20 million trees, it was a movement that shows we care and we want to make change.”
Matt Fitzgerald, the campaign director, also thanked the community for banding together.
“20 million trees — in less than two months — is an incredible accomplishment and it belongs to all of us,” he said on the campaign’s official account. “Whether you donated, created content, or simply told your friends about Team Trees, this win is yours.”
We did it!! Thank you so much to the over 500,000 different people that donated and the hundreds of influential people that promoted the campaign! Teamtrees was more than planting 20 million trees, it was a movement that shows we care and we want to make change ?❤️ pic.twitter.com/SR2CvD4bZU
— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) December 19, 2019
20,000,000 TREES!! HOLY CRAP!!That’s the power of our community!! With over .5M donors (<$5 average donation) this only happened because everyone played a roll. Please go thank/congratulate the person who first told you about #TeamTrees. They the real MVP. So stoked right now!!! pic.twitter.com/9HVk0beekj
— Mark Rober (@MarkRober) December 19, 2019
Even the official YouTube account congratulated MrBeast and others for their hard work on the drive. “You did it,” it said. “Thank you Mr Beast, Mark Rober and all of the creators who made this a reality.”
YOU DID IT!!!!#TeamTrees has raised $20 million which means there will be 20 million trees planted!
— YouTube (@YouTube) December 19, 2019
People can still donate to the Team Trees initiative until January 1, with all proceeds going to the Arbor Day Foundation.