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November 30, 2015

Link to Chinese Messaging App Pays Off for Medical Charity

Users of the popular Chinese social-networking application WeChat are providing a steady source of donations to Watsi, a crowdfunding nonprofit that raises money for people around the world to pay for needed medical care, CNN Money reports.

About $200,000 of the $5 million Watsi has raised for patients has come in via WeChat, a texting app akin to Facebook Messenger that has more than 600 million monthly users. The Silicon Valley charity is one of the few U.S. nonprofits on WeChat's platform, which primarily links with Chinese organizations.

Chinese Internet service provider Tencent, which launched WeChat, was an early investor in Watsi, which recently raised $3.5 million in seed capital from foundations and donors. Watsi co-founder Chase Adam said the group's support in China is evidence that the country's growing middle class is increasingly "interested in global philanthropy."