GoFundMe.com is a crowdsource funding organization, essentially letting people donate money for specific causes, collaborative charity on an individual scale. Their purpose? 5% of all donations made.
GoFundMe.com doesn’t seem to be particular about where their paycheck comes from. Witness Sierra Westika’s e-begging for money to mutilate her son.
What I wonder is whether there are limits? Can I crowdsource my baby girl’s circumcision? What about an abortion. How much should one ask for an abortion? How about breast augmentation surgery for my 5 year old daughter?
Below is a letter I’ve sent to GoFundMe.com via their contact form. I await their response.
Subject: Does GoFundMe.com have restrictions on what one can ask money for?
It has come to my attention that a GoFundMe.com user, Sierra Westika is asking for funds to perform non medically necessary surgery on her infant child. http://www.gofundme.com/besk58
Are there restrictions on what GoFundMe.com will accept? For example, can one crowd-fund for an abortion, or an illegal act, such as the purchase of drugs or the service of murder?
Please understand that my question is not intended as vexatious or frivolous, as I intend to share your response (or non-response should it be the case) with my social network and perhaps, based on the response, journalistic media.
I’ve searched for some indication of what is impermissible, and the only limitation I’ve found was fraud under the guise of disaster relief. If I’ve missed your policy on this, please excuse me as you direct me to the document.
As an aside, I was amused by the CAPTCHA challenge.
Update: GoFundMe.com has responded.
Meghan (GoFundMe Customer Happiness)
Jul 14 07:53 AM
Thank you for your message. We are aware of the controversy surrounding the page. GoFundMe is a neutral platform that allows people to raise money for their cause. Anyone can use GoFundMe as long as their campaign is not breaking the law or in violation of our terms and conditions.
I will have our community managers look in to this further.
We’re here to help! I’ll try my best to respond within 5 minutes during normal business hours.
Customer Happiness, GoFundMe
Having read read the terms and conditions, their answer boils down to “If it’s not illegal, do it.”