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Barstool Sports founder, Dave Portnoy, created a fundraiser to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. His efforts quickly went viral and the fund now totals $23 million. 

Thousands of small businesses across the country have permanently closed due to pandemic restrictions imposed by state and local governments. 

Portnoy started the fundraiser less than a month ago with his own contribution of $500,000. ‘The Barstool Fund’ now has over 156,000 donors and has supported 92 businesses across the United States. 


Portnoy posted on Twitter celebrating the fundraiser while also reminding followers that many businesses are still in need as lockdowns and quarantines continue. 

“Thanks to @vineyardvines for the 100k donation. We have crossed over 23 million. Remember every dollar counts. So many small businesses need our help and need it now,” Portnoy tweeted. 


Any small business can apply to receive money from the fund via email as long as they have continued to pay their employees during the pandemic. 

“Each month we will continue to cut you a check for how much you need to stay in business until this thing’s over,” Portnoy said in a video he posted to Twitter in December.

NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers donated to the fund in addition to Food Network host Guy Fieri and musician Kid Rock.

“I’m just in awe of what you guys have done, and I couldn’t sit on the sidelines anymore,” Rodgers said on Instagram Live. “This is really making an impact. We’re talking about our people, these are our people. This is the backbone of this country taking it on the chin right now, I want to get involved, I have to get involved.”

Written ByAshley Grams

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