In a bid to ensure that struggling small businesses amidst the pandemic and lockdowns stay open, Barstool Sports has raised more than $6 million this holiday season.
On Christmas, the company made it public that its fundraising efforts, which started just more than a week ago, surpassed $6 million from 57,404 different donors.
On December 17th, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy introduced the Barstool Fund on Twitter. He revealed his hopes that the company can “bridge gap until COVID’s done” and business owners can go back to making a living.
On Twitter, Portnoy revealed on Twitter that
Is it the best plan? No. The best plan is the government getting off their [butt] and issuing relief, billions of dollars, to these small business owners who are losing their livelihoods and no way to save it through no fault of their own […] That’s the only solution really. But barring that, we’re going to do what we can.Portnoy
Portnoy revealed that the idea came up when indoor dining was shut down in New York City once again. He also revealed that before you can qualify for the Barstool Fund, you’ll have to continue paying your employees.
If you meet that, and you’re a small business like a gym, restaurant, bar, and you’re not gonna be able to survive the next couple months, send us an email at Barstoolfund@barstoolsports.com.Portnoy
Portnoy also said that once you’re included in their program, he’ll ensure that payment is made to you until the pandemic ends.
On ‘Tucker Carlson tonight’ Portnoy said:
I didn’t think I’d be the guy doing it. I’d rather be sitting on a beach, betting on horses, drinking, but nobody else is going to do it. We have this big platform, so we’re going to try to help as many small businesses as we can.Portnoy