Go Fund Me for Co-workers? - page 6
If you're on Facebook, you're probably familiar with a Go Fund Me appeal being posted for a co-worker. I have mixed feelings about this. Often, multiple people will repost for a particularly... Read More
Mar 14God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Mar 15I have to agree with most of these posts. I feel that GFM provides an opportunity for predators to take advantage of those kind people who want to "help" others through a rough time. On the other hand, I have seen GFM pages for co-workers who have lost everything to a fire, want to help a loved one without health insurance or pay for some vital medical equipment - this is different. I can verify whether or not my co-worker's catastrophe is valid or not. Also, the choice is mine whether or not I wish to donate. GFM attracts those who want to manipulate, misrepresent, and prey on others (without recourse). Unfortunately, every dollar earned serves as a positive reinforcement for their misdeeds. Like with anything else, it is our responsibilty to be smart and discerning or else you may get burned.
Mar 16I worked with an RN who posted a GFM to help pay for her 3 y.o. daughter's acting lessons because it was her dream. Um. No. Give me a break. Pay for that s**t yourself.
However, there is definitely a good place for GFM for truly charitable causes, but its abused way too often imho.
Mar 16Crowdfunding efforts often fall short in covering medical bills | HeraldNet.com
An interesting article on the GFM for medical bills phenomenon.
Mar 25Sometimes I think if folks don't have the money, they should scale down their plans... Here's a link to an article on low-cost funerals, including free cremations. I now better understand why Costco sells coffins. Looking for a low cost or even FREE cremation service?