I've had mixed reviews with gofundme. The new online pan handling website for society. People create all sorts of accounts for all sorts of things ranging from hobbies, health, religion, memorials and who knows what. For the most part it works like it is supposed to. People create their account. Select a valid reason. Let the funds start rolling in. If the funds max out at the goal amount you get to keep all the money. Certain rules apply for less than that as dictated in their guidelines. If an account gets deemed unworthy I'm not sure if the money goes back to the original donor or if the company keeps it. That is why it is good not to set your goal amount too high. You can always create another gofundmne to continue the funds.
The negative side of it is that I've heard the company not allowing the individuals to keep 100% of the allocated funds. They can suspend accounts at a whim and compensate your funds earned at their disposal. They are allowed to keep a small percentage of your earned funds but I've heard some stories of people being screwed over by this.
The second negative side of this is not all people are honest. I use to volunteer, I use to donate, I use to tithe, I use to give to the needy but after being scammed here and there I have discontinued these actions. One rotten egg will ruin it all. Several rotten eggs will ruin it forever. I will never volunteer in society again unless it's judge ordered. (I'm a good rule follower citizen so I don't see that happening at all.) Do research people you give to. So that you know you are not being scammed or taken advantage of.
Story: Coworker diagnosed with cancer. True story. Bills piled up. Debt occurred due to it. True. Unable to work due to cancer. True. Paid off bills. True. Mortgage on house heavily reduced due to extra income. True. Well this is all fine and dandy and I support stuff like this. However, his gofundme account is still ongoing and I know him personally. The side you don't know: Always poor but spending money like he's a rich person. As his gofundme account continues he is getting money he never would dream. He is doing projects and purchasing items his own salary would never support. Instead of setting it aside for the time frames he can't work he is instead embezzling it on him self. Then moaning when it's all gone and allowing his mood to affect the whole work place when he shouldn't be at work.
We're starting to hear stories of thousands of dollars of shopping sprees on this and that.
We're being told stories of expensive home remolding projects with expensive stuff.
We're being told stories of how he is able to buy that extra fancy thing his wife wanted that he was never able to buy.
We're being told stories of parties and gatherings (before covid) and seeing him purchase fancy fiddles on a limited income salary.
Get the picture. Do be careful of who you give money to.