Following Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on Puerto Rico, crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced it has launched a centralized hub for campaigns dedicated to those affected by the massive storm.
“Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm and has devastated the island. In response, GoFundMe launched a centralized hub for campaigns created to help those affected by Maria. This centralized hub allows anyone to donate to an existing GoFundMe or start a campaign and raise money for an individual or a charity.”
GoFundMe also reassured that each of the campaigns’ funds will go right places and are backed by its guarantee, which notes that if the donor, law enforcement, or GoFundMe finds that campaign funds have been misused, then donors of the campaign are eligible for a refund. If there is a campaign on someone else’s behalf and the organizer fails to deliver any of the funds, then GoFundMe will donate the difference. Any of these actions are considered misuse of GoFundMe:
- The campaign organizer doesn’t deliver funds to the intended beneficiary
- The campaign description is intentionally misleading to donors
- The campaign organizer or beneficiary is charged with a crime related to misrepresentations made in their campaign
GoFundMe also noted:
“GoFundMe’s mission is to empower people to help people. We want to make sure that our community feels secure during every step of the giving experience so more people can get help. The GoFundMe Guarantee is here to protect donors (those who give money to a campaign) and beneficiaries (the intended recipient of the campaign funds other than the campaign organizer) in the very rare instances of misuse.”
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