Crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe and Kickstarter are the buzz among groups and individuals attempting to raise money. Campaigns, good causes and events to raise awareness have all found a home under these types of fundraising sites.
Justin Griner, face of the popular “success kid” meme, recently raised over $100,000 for his father’s kidney transplant through the GoFundMe site, according to The Huffington Post.
However, you don’t need to be a celebrity, prestigious charity or the face of an ever-popular Internet meme to raise funds on GoFundMe. This can be a blessing as well as a curse.
Crowdfunding websites have the ability to raise money for great causes and events, but can also be abused by users who want to fund things like their spring vacation to Miami.
Not to say those vacations aren’t important to a certain demographic, but to ask complete strangers over the Internet to fund the entire thing seems a bit trivial when others are raising money for greater causes, such as animal shelters and equal rights.
Though there seems to be a laundry list of subjects that are not suitable to be funded with GoFundMe, ranging from sexually explicit material to hate and terrorist groups, it seems they are pretty lenient when it comes to what can be funded. GoFundMe users can view this list on the official website’s terms and conditions page, so it would be assumed that insignificant funding projects would fall by the wayside. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
People have even gone as far as to create blogs centered on the topic of the most ridiculous GoFundMe pages they have ever seen.
The concept of crowdfunding has the potential to be a hotbed for scammers, which leads to fear of credibility when it comes to legitimate fundraising pages. GoFundMe’s help center page contains FAQs regarding the protocol for when a user finds a fundraising page they believe is fraudulent.
Fear not though, there are some positive attributes of these types of crowdfunding sites. GoFundMe’s most successful campaigns are honored on their own page.
The most successful campaigns have helped to support research for diseases, animal shelters, helping families recover from horrible accidents and struggling businesses, according to GoFundMe.
These kinds of sites help important campaigns raise money from all over the world. It can help build a connection through the Internet and also inform the Internet community about issues that really matter.
Sites like GoFundMe have helped families and campaigns overcome insurmountable odds by receiving financial help from total strangers, proving time and time again that the Internet is a powerful place.