Charitable Crowdfunding: Trust But Verify. But How?

Americans are an empathetic bunch as the recent GoFundMe campaign shows. But should they be more cautious?

A person posting as “R.b. “Razor” Sheldon on behalf of Amber Boyd” started a crowdfunding campaign to benefit the family of the challenged victim of the “Chicago torture video.”

With a $10,000 goal, the fund has raised over $139,000.

One potential donor, however, asks “Can you please provide any proof the family will receive these funds? Is the family involved in this campaign? As soon as I can verify, I will share it….” Another states that National Public Radio has verified it with the site. The NPR article states: “… a public relations representative for GoFundMe says the website will be working with the campaign organizer to ensure all money raised reaches the victim.”

However, GoFundMe’s terms of service say that: “we make no guarantee, explicit or implied, that any information provided through the Services by a user is accurate…”

About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at:
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