Shawn Mendes Shatters His Fundraising Goal to Build a School in Ghana

Shawn Mendes smiling. (Photo: Getty)

A few weeks ago, Shawn Mendes started his #BuildASchoolWithShawn campaign to raise money for a new school in Shia, Ghana – and he did better than he thought.

He partnered with Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization with the goal of increasing educational opportunities in developing countries.

Shawn Mendes.

Shawn Mendes playing his guitar. (Photo: Getty)

Shawn has been having a fantastic year so far. He got a Billboard #1, Teen Choice Awards, MTV European Music Awards, the Allan Slaight Honour, and a shout-out in Time Magazine.

Ghana school.

A school. (Photo: Pencils of Promise)

In order to raise the money, he sold limited-edition apparel, and set a goal of $25,000. “I know we can do it!” he wrote. He gave a two-week time limit.

Shawn Mendes' merch.

Shawn sold limited-edition items for charity.

Additionally, one lucky fan would also be winning 4 VIP tickets for his 2016 tour, as well as 4 meet and greet passes.

Article Continues Below Adverts

Shawn Hits His Target Ahead of Schedule, Overshoots His Goal

Although he initially set the fundraiser for two weeks, the $25,000 target was actually hit in one week.


After the two weeks ended, he exceeded his goal by 164%.

Shawn overshot his goal.

Shawn overshot his goal.

Pencils of Promise congratulated Shawn, “You are changing so many lives! Thank you for making a difference!”


Shawn thanked fans in a statement. “It means the world to me! Such an amazing cause.”

Congratulations! His campaign might be over, but you can still donate to Pencils of Promise right here.

Want to write for us? Click here to apply!

Want updates? Want to comment? Like us on Facebook, follow our Tumblr or Twitter.

Trending Sponsors

Related Gossip You Might Like

Shawn Mendes.

Shawn Mendes Reveals His Makeup Secret

SuperfameJanuary 14, 2016
Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber together.

Justin Bieber Suddenly Stans for Shawn Mendes: “Way to Go Buddy!”

SuperfameSeptember 18, 2015
Shawn Mendes.

Shawn Mendes Wins BIG at the 2016 Much Music Video Awards!

Eva RocheJune 21, 2016
Nash Grier, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Giavasis.

Nash Grier Kisses His Girlfriend & Hangs With Shawn Mendes at the MMVAs!

Aria HintonJune 22, 2016
Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes.

Justin Bieber Crushes on ‘Hot’ Shawn Mendes

SuperfameDecember 20, 2015
Shawn Mendes.

Shawn Mendes Freaks After He Tops iTunes with ‘Treat You Better’

Taylor RomeroJune 3, 2016
Shawn and Camila's duet.

Fans Are Freaking out over Shawn & Camila’s Secret Duet (LISTEN)

SuperfameNovember 7, 2015
Shawn and Camila.

Camila Teaches Shawn Some Gay Lingo, as They Storm iTunes with Sexy Duet

SuperfameNovember 18, 2015
Shawn Mendes on The 100.

First Look at Shawn Mendes on CW’s The 100 (VIDEO)

SuperfameJanuary 19, 2016
Shamila, Jadison and the Griers

Shawmila, Jadison & the Griers Hit up the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas (PHOTOS)

SuperfameSeptember 22, 2015
Shawn Mendes.

Shawn Mendes Just Won This HUGE Award & $10,000!

SuperfameSeptember 29, 2015
Shawn Mendes.

Shawn Mendes STRIPS Shirtless & Talks Girlfriend Rumors

Taylor RomeroOctober 20, 2016
Shawn Mendes.

Shawn Mendes Gets SEXUAL in Leaked Fault Magazine Photos

Nick TravisNovember 30, 2016

Shawn Mendes Says He Tried to Make out with Camila Many Times

SuperfameNovember 24, 2015
Shawn Mendes' girl.

Shawn Mendes Says He Wants to Marry THIS Beautiful Woman

Aria HintonApril 18, 2017