I have used GoFundMe to raise money for equipment to start a mini media network. I ended raising some funds, and purchasing a beautiful Canon T5i camera. If you ask me, there's nothing wrong with using GoFundMe as a platform to raise money for creative, traveling, capital, or even to put it towards your college fund [see: Trystan Graduate School] but to use it for personal gain is out of the question.
On his podcast with Andrew Schultz, The Brilliant Idiots, Charlamagne identified the girl as someone he knew who works at a bar. I know she had to be grateful for the shoutout, in the next three hours she raised $100 over her goal!
Meanwhile, I did everything from posting GoFundMe flyers around my school, on my Facebook, on UrbanRoyalsNYC Instagram. You name it, I posted my flyers there. I was adamant about raising money to be able to shooting content, and capturing audio for Urban Royals.
Recently my home girl I met at the Fresh Air Fund, Chaunice, told me about her GoFundMe campaign to be able to reunite with her boyfriend and live together. Her beautiful and well written campaign made me start thinking about love, and relationships. I cringed at it, but it was moving.
Honestly, while they're some people who's using GoFundMe for personal leisures, and not actual necessities like trying to rebuild the house that burned down, or helping a family overcome financial downfalls, not all GoFundMe campaigns are lost causes.
I think it's very important to validate each persons need, and not to knock it by suggesting that someone elses need is more pressing then theirs. For me, my blog is the start of my career, this isn't just a hobby, but potentially a job. For Trystan and Chaunice, living with someone that you love and furthering yourself education wise is pressing and valid. But I think we could also agreeing that going Vegas, or raising money to get a Brazilian Butt Lift isn't a particular need.
Are you supporting GoFundMe, or KickStarter campaigns?