Has there been a recent financial crisis that the media isn’t reporting? Why is it that every day there is another fundraiser being passed around WhatsApp, and every one of them with their own cheshbon why their campaign is unique, unprecedented, historic etc? A few years ago, the shidduch crisis was all the rage with too many single girls to match up with the single boys. Now there is a ChesedFund crisis – too many fundraisers to match up to all the dollars!
How were Yeshivos built before GoFundMe existed?
I appreciate the importance of giving Tzedaka, but is it Yashrus for every organization to send their members to nag their friends and family to guilt them into giving another $18 to some Mosad they probably never even heard of?
I have my own schools I want to support and my own organizations I enjoy helping out. But making every fundraiser a do-or-die countdown for double or triple donations makes it much more difficult to turn down, and therefore leaves less funds to go around.
Besides for not being Yashrus, the method is also unsustainable. If everyone turns their campaign into an emergency, the gimmick will stop working. The whole idea will be overdone and real emergencies will lose out. I feel bad for any Mosdos that loses out on some Gvir’s offer of doubling their donations just because they came late to the game and can’t raise the right amount.
Can we all just take it down a few notches and not turn every minor ordeal into an EMERGENCY campaign? For sake of my mind and my wallet. Thank you.
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