Recently every time I flip through my Facebook page, there is a “Gofundme” ad. Someone seeking monetary help from the public for something; whether it is for medical bills or aiding a homeless person. There has been a reported $160 million dollars raised since Gofundme was created. 160 Million dollars!! Now although this is the reason why GofundMe was created in the first place ( i.e to help anyone ask for funds from the public), there have been some Gofundme causes that are just out of place.
For instance would you donate money to a cause that says “gofundme buy a new pair of louboutins’? The other day I read a Gofundme post where someone asked for $100,000 to start her own business. My first question was “why would I give you money to start your own business?” “Isn’t that what banks are meant for?”. It would be different if the crowd was entitled to own shares in that business; then they will have something to gain. Aren’t we all running the same race? Why will we just gift you money to start your own business? To cut the long story short I didn’t respond to that Gofundme.
It is one thing to help someone who is terminal ill and in need for immediate funds, and it is another thing to help finance someone’s Chanel purse. Paying for someone’s Chanel or Gucci purse does NOT feel right.
A few weeks ago I was on Facebook again, and I saw a very disturbing photo my friend posted of an 8-year-old African boy who was suffering from a kidney failure. His stomach was bloated to the size of a 9-month pregnant woman. His father was poor and probably didn’t make up to $300 a year, so he clearly couldn’t afford to pay for the necessary surgery. My friend met this boy on a bus in Africa and he was so touched that he decided to change his direction and destination, created a Gofundme account and in less that 3days the boy was in the recovery room recovering from surgery. The $15000 demanded was met under a week!
Many people responded to this Gofundme for many reasons. I responded for one simple reason… It felt like the right thing to do.