The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, questionable intentions and little oversight.
The fundraisers - an average of more than four for each of the 49 killed and 53 wounded - include travelers asking for cash, a practitioner of ancient healing, a personal safety instructor who sells quick loaders for assault rifles, and even convicted identity impostors.
Always keep in mind who you are giving money to. The case may be someone who takes advantage of a crisis or event to ask for it so they can help or so they say. If you do give remember the likelihood is your name will appear on some list and you will be inundated with other requests for money to help the “needy”.