Go Fund Me, a funding campaign, was founded by Avi Weisfogel, a well thought of dentist, to support a charity called Operation Smile. Founded by Bill and Kathy McGee in 1982, this non- profit first started in the Phillipines. Surgery was performed on children and young adults who suffered from facial or dental deformities, such as cleft palate or cleft lips. The surgeries were completely free of charge for patients and their families.
One of Operation Smile’s biggest supporters, Avi Weisfogel, earned his bachelor’s in Psychology and Biology from Rutgers University. He then went on to earn his dentistry degree from New York University College of Dentistry. In January, 1996, Weisfogel established his dental practice in Old Bridge, NJ. Following that, he founded Dental Sleep Masters and the Healthy Heart, two organizations that addressed sleep disorders through the use of dental products.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel began a GoFundMe through the development of crowd- funding pages online. The pages are equipped to accept donations for the charity, Operation Smile. He advertises the pages through social media, which contain links for the crowd- funding pages, so that the reader can more easily make a donation.
In an interview, Weisfogel said that Operation Smile believes that every child deserves dental surgery and that these children should be treated as if they were our own. Operation Smile has expanded internationally because there is such a need. In some of the third world countries, where facial deformities and dental problems are so severe, Operation Smile has provided care and worked to provide hope.
Avi Weisfogel went on to say that his passions and background led him to use Go Fund Me to support Operation Smile. In addition, he gave $2,000 to this charity. Weisfogel has received many awards for his hard work on getting dental care to impoverished areas.
Operation Smile now works all over the world with doctors, hospitals other agencies, and governments, to perform these dental surgeries to as many needy children as possible for free. It has formed an international network, helping children all over the world to smile again, and has done tremendous work in a humanitarian way.