116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Carson King is the accidental fundraiser turned philanthropist. What started as a joke at ESPN's "College Gameday" for the Iowa vs. Iowa State game in 2019 led to $600 dollars within a half hour to his Venmo account. King then decided to donate all the funds sent to his account to the University of Iowa's Stead Family Children's Hospital. Over the course of two-and-half weeks, King was able to raise over $3 million to help the kids and families in the hospital. Since then, King has created his own non-profit charity, the Carson King Foundation, and helped several successful fundraisers. His foundation has raised over $100,000.00 for various causes in its first year. King has also worked with multiple non-profits to raise funds and awareness, won Outstanding Young Iowan of 2020, and started a speaking circuit for schools and businesses around the Midwest.
King spoke as the opening keynote speaker of the 2020 Iowa Ideas conference presented by ITC and held Oct. 15-16, 2020. This event originally occurred at 9 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2020. The two-day conference hosted by The Gazette brings together policy makers, experts and community members passionate about the state's future. For more replays, visit iowaideas.com.