Every once in a while, you'll see someone's GoFundMe campaign pop up on Facebook. And maybe you toss them a few bucks, maybe you don't . . . but either way, it's not a choice you have to make that often.
It looks like that's about to change. Because now, people can set up campaigns to
beg ask their friends for donations directly on Facebook. So if there's a FLOOD of people asking for money, that's why.
If you want to set one up, you can ask for donations in six different categories:
- Education: such as tuition, books or classroom supplies
- Medical: such as medical procedures, treatments or injuries
- Pet Medical: such as veterinary procedures, treatments or injuries
- Crisis Relief: such as public crises or natural disasters
- Personal Emergency: such as a house fire, theft or car accident
- Funeral and Loss: such as burial expenses or living costs after losing a loved one
Facebook says the new feature is to set up a safe way to get money in times of need.
But they're also taking a CUT. Facebook will get 6.9% of whatever you collect, which they say goes toward "payment processing fees, fundraiser vetting, security, and fraud protection."