Omaze Gets $9M For Charity Crowdfunding

Los Angeles-based Omaze, the startup led by Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins, which helps charities and causes raise funding by offering up once-in-a-lifetime auctions involving celebrities and other opportunities, hass raised $9M in a Series A funding, the company said Wednesday. The funding was led by FirstMark Capital, and also included Michael Eisner's Tornante Company, Vayner/RSE,Dave Gilboa of Warby Parker, Dave Leyrer (Boulevard Capital), CrossCut Ventures, FFVC and Adam Press. The company's charity auctions include everything from a chance to ride a tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger, a bit role in the next Star Wars movie, to having John Legend sing at your wedding. More information »