Crowdfunding has become a popular way for people to raise money, typically from a large number of people over the internet. I've seen people on Facebook redirecting friends to their donation pages for things like medical and vet bills. Speaking of Facebook, the social media giant will be setting up its own version of GoFundMe called Personal Fundraiser in the very near future.
Asking friends and family for financial help to pay for things like emergency medical bills is one thing, but pleading for frivolous items is another. You're not going to believe what this Georgia man is asking others to pay for.
Has crowdfunding gotten out of control?
What we're talking about is a 30-year-old man from Atlanta, William Oliver, asking other people to foot the bill for an engagement ring. He started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $15,000.
Apparently, Oliver has already purchased the ring and asked his girlfriend, Alexandra, to marry him. Spoiler alert: she said yes!
Below is a picture of the actual ring that was taken during the proposal.
On his donation page, Oliver said, "I've decided to get some help by making this a trending approach. This will raise awareness about the difference between the love we share and the love people have for us. Money for the engagement is your chance to get involved. I've heard everything from 'I Love Yall' to 'You need to put a Ring On It' etc etc."
His page is actually trending and has over 14,000 shares. Unfortunately for Oliver though, it looks like he fell well short of his goal. He received just $609 after 10 days and the page is no longer accepting donations.
If you look at crowdfunding sites, you will see all kinds of requests for money. Education, sports, weddings, honeymoons and vacations just to name a few. As I said earlier, I understand asking for help in emergency situations, but wanting others to pay for that luxurious beach vacation seems a bit much.
Would you ever feel comfortable setting up a crowdfunding page to ask for donations? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts.