September 15, 2015 6 Comments
After it was pointed out that the central fund idea may be a bad idea & open up problems with accusations of favouritism and so forth, I’ve co-oped @Roxiqt to help with a twitter feed called @GeeksInNeed for sharing funding pages. That way people get more visibility and can choose who to help without any middle man issues.
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Or “Lets help people who need it when bad stuff happens to them”.
A couple of years ago I ran a GoFundMe campaign to help Adora & I with our medical expenses, because we had a lot of them at the time. We still do, but we’re managing on our own currently (with a little help from her Dad). We’re both very grateful for the help, but this post isn’t about us.
One of the ideas I’ve had recently is to set up a Patreon to fund a “Geek Angel Fund”, which would be set up to help with emergency funding for fellow geeks who need it, like Jan’s dead car or Hestiah’s cat’s teeth problem.
Those two have a combined goal of $3,800, which may seem like a lot, but it would only take 760 people donating $5 each to reach that total. If it was accumulated over 4 months then you’d only need 190 people donating $5 per month to get there. The idea is that if we each put aside a few dollars a month, and have many of us doing the same thing, we can collectively stand up in these emergency situations and go “It’s ok, we’ve got this”.
That’s the general idea. There are details like who should run it, how it should be run, who makes the decision on who gets help, etc, but that’s not something I think I should be part of, partially for practical reasons (I’m in NZ so there’d be international PayPal fees) and if I’m suggesting it as well as running it then it looks like a scam setup >.<
So, thoughts? Is this a good idea? Who would be good candidates for running this? Would you contribute?