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Old 29-05-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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Advice on raising money to help a friend who is ill - what website?

Does anyone have any experience of the best method of raising money, not for a formally organised charity, but to go directly to a family to use as they wish?

My friend has had a devastating stroke in his mid-30s and has a very long road ahead learning to walk etc. He's had part of his skull removed to allow his brain to swell so he's not out of the woods yet. Whatever happens his wife and two very young kids are going to need financial support. He has his own business and his wife is going to be unable to work so we need to allow them to use the money on whatever they like to help get them through. It could be used for modifications to the house, accessible vehicles, anything in the longer term and in the short term just paying bills, take out and fuel to get to/from hospital to see him.

There's obviously various websites and things but I don't know what the best options are to give them the freedom to spend as they wish, get them the money quickly, not have to pay huge fees, etc.

Does anyone have experience of this? Ideally something like just giving where people can just click a link and donate.

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dont know much about it but go fund me springs to mind
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I'll give you money! That's terrible like

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A good friend of mine just done a swim for a local charity and used a site called justgiving.com

I donated and found it really easy to use give you plenty of choices card paypal electronic ect but also allowed you to share the event on facebook twitter ect so got his message out there even easier.

Such a sad tale for your friend though, wish him well on his recovery.
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A good friend of mine just done a swim for a local charity and used a site called justgiving.com

I donated and found it really easy to use give you plenty of choices card paypal electronic ect but also allowed you to share the event on facebook twitter ect so got his message out there even easier.

Such a sad tale for your friend though, wish him well on his recovery.


Thanks. It's crowdfunding i'm looking at so it goes directly to the family. It's different to donating to charity. Gofundme seems the best option I've found so far. Not many do it.


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Thanks. It's crowdfunding i'm looking at so it goes directly to the family. It's different to donating to charity. Gofundme seems the best option I've found so far. Not many do it.


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Not much knowledge of crowd funding sites as such but came across them previously whilst looking at charges on the likes of justgiving as it amazed me how much money these companies actually make from people donating through them.

There are a number of crowd funding sites which are mainly of not all American (a quick Google revealed the top ten here https://www.crowdfunding.com).

All sites charge as you'll be aware and gofundme rates top and is obviously the most well known and charges appear to be reasonable though I've not looked at it fully. No doubt there will be some not so reputable sites out there so gofundme might be a good option as you mention.

Good luck with it whatever you do and good luck to your friend and his family. I've a family member who also had a stroke, though not as bad as your friend, so I can imagine the difficulties that they'll face and wish them all the best.
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