Dear Snarky – Go Fund Me Is Ruining Our Family

Dear Sndear_snarky_logoarky,

My sister is embarrassing the entire family! She’s addicted to setting up Go Fund Me accounts. So, far she’s set up accounts for raising money to get a new dog to help her kids “deal with grief.” She’s also done one for a trip to Disney World and her latest Go Fund Me is asking for donations to buy a new car so her family has “safe and reliable transportation.” Are you kidding me? She already has a nice car.

My other three sisters and I told her that if she got a job she could afford all these things without a Go Fund Me page. That’s when she said her job is Go Fund Me! On top on that she’s sending Facebook messages, tweets and emails asking everyone we know to go to her Go Fund Me page, including my boss!!!! Is there anyway we can stop her? It’s so humiliating watching her shake down people for donations.

Signed, So Embarrassed

Dear Embarrassed,

 Legally I don’t think you can send your sister a Go Fund Me cease and desist letter, but I urge your family to stage an intervention. Sit your sister down and tell her there are better ways to get money than asking family, friends, friends of family for a hand out and that Go Fund Me begging is not really a career choice. Also, explain that if she keeps on using your social media friend base as her source for funds you’re going to block her from all your  accounts. In fact, you might want to do that right now.

 Then you need to ask her if anything besides greed is driving her. Is this a cry for help? Is everything okay at home? Basically does she get a high from Go Fund Me.  See what she says or doesn’t say and then gather your sisters around and draw up a plan of action to help your sister help herself. Lastly, don’t be that embarrassed. We all have family members who do things that make us cringe and want to change our last name. Basically welcome to the club.

6 thoughts on “Dear Snarky – Go Fund Me Is Ruining Our Family

  1. Beth Ellison says:

    Sounds like the letter writer needs to set up her own Go Fund Me account to pay for her sister’s long term therapy! What a nut job.

  2. Vincent says:

    The woman needs to tell her sister to get a job in grant writing for a non profit since she seems to be so good at fundraising. On her resume under experience she can list “Go Fund Me expert.”

  3. Eleanor says:

    Did the sister get a new dog and a trip to Disneyworld? I mean, really, how stupid are people? Go Fund Me has turned into a joke and anyone that tried to get me to contribute $ to their cause would get a big NO!

  4. Smitty says:

    I got a Go Fund Me request from a co-worker’s daughter seeking donations for her honeymoon. It took me a while to pick my jaw up from the floor.

  5. Jessica says:

    Go Fund Me is probably the worst thing that has happened to our country. Sure, you get the random, “Help me Pay for Cancer Treatment”, but usually it’s just a poor lazy slob that wants a free handout. I funded well loved, single Mom in our community who said she needed help after being in the hospital for an extended period, and then she showed up at a community craft fair and dropped $1000 on worthless junk. First and last time I will donate to a “well deserving” community member.

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