From GoFundMe to Indiegogo, people in need have been appealing directly to donors for a helping hand.
So is crowd funding taking a bite out of donations to non-profit organizations?
CKNW Orphan’s Fund Executive Director Jen Schaeffers says she hasn’t seen a negative impact.
In fact, Schaeffers says it’s a good thing.
“It feels good to give, keep giving. But also give to registered charities as well.”
But Schaeffers notes donors to crowd funding efforts do need to be aware.
“People won’t get a charitable tax receipt when you are donating, and its kind of buyer beware, right? You need to trust that the story you are hearing is an accurate one.”
However, Schaeffers says there is something special about helping someone directly.
Schaeffers points to CKNW’s Drex, who was able to launch a successful campaign to help a Chilliwack girl with special needs.
Over 1$19,000 has been raised for Laura Kew, whose motorized wheelchair was taken after her family’s specialized van was stolen and trashed.
Schaeffers says donors should make sure causes they’re giving to are legitimate, and remember only registered charities can give you a tax receipt.
CKNW’s Jon McComb had more from reporter Charmaine de Silva’s interview with CKNW Orphan’s Fund Executive Director Jen Schaeffers. You can listen to that here:
CKNW’s Simi Sara chatted with reporter Charmaine de Silva about crowd funding and non profit organizations. You can listen to their conversation here: