Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy raises over $12 million for small businesses hurt by COVID-19

Posted at 10:30 AM, Dec 31, 2020

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has been an outspoken critic of the lack of relief for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He decided to do something about it and started a fund to help. He donated $500,000 and challenged others on Twitter to give what they could to help.

The Barstool Fund was created on Dec. 17 and in two weeks has raised more than $12 million and helped 47 businesses.

Portnoy says the goal is to save as many small businesses as humanly possible.

Celebrities have been getting in on the cause, announcing their support and donations over Twitter.

Even Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady tweeted his support and said he wanted in.

Portnoy has been posting reaction videos of the owners of these businesses after he tells them they have been selected by the fund.

The idea started when New York closed indoor dining, but Portnoy says the businesses don't have to be in New York to qualify. To qualify for the fund, businesses must still be paying their employees.

For more information or to contribute to the fund, click here.