Founder & CEO, LaunchGood.com
Chris Blauvelt is a passionate Muslim American entrepreneur committed to building up the global Muslim community to reach its full potential. Chris is the CEO & founder of LaunchGood.com, the world's largest faith-inspired crowdfunding platform and in 10 years LaunchGood has raised over $370 million across 153 countries from 1+ million donors. LaunchGood has captured global attention through its bridge-building crowdfunding campaigns that spurred Muslims to rebuild Black churches, repair desecrated Jewish cemeteries, and support families of the New Zealand mosque attacks.
Chris was born in Malaysia, raised in the United States and at the age of 16 became a Muslim through the influence of a friend and the Autobiography of Malcolm X. Chris was a top engineering graduate from the University of Michigan where he led the Muslim Students Association as President to win Student Organization of the Year. He received a Master’s in educational leadership and prior to starting LaunchGood was a teacher at one of the top boarding schools in the world, founded Fawakih, an Arabic non-profit, and was a producer for Bilal's Stand, an award-winning Sundance film about an American Muslim. He also founded another crowdfunding platform, Patronicity.com, which has raised over $50 million for public space initiatives. Chris was the first ever Magic Johnson Social Entrepreneurship Prize winner and currently lives in Michigan with his wife and 3 small children.