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Diana Gonzalez

I agree that crowdfunding is not the solution to raising money. Many people are in desperate need of help, and often don’t get that help because of others. Many people on the internet have lied in the past, and have used the money on themselves. Unfortunately, people don’t know who to trust anymore. Platforms like GoFundMe are misused, and the information appears to go unchecked Plus many scammers have posted fake pictures and stories, which takes away the money from other people who actually need it. Two main points are the amount of media exposure one has to have, and the income that generates throughout each family. The article found that people with higher incomes donated less than people with lower incomes. Those who had lower incomes donated what they could to help support the causes. People who had accounts on social media were also able to reach the public easily. Perhaps a solution is an app that provides people who check to see if someone truly has a need to raise money. Then once they are approved they could be posted for people to start donating money. This app could have different categories. One could be for medical purposes, the other to start a business, starting a community project, and so forth. The code used would also have to be secure in order for hackers to not steal information. The government could also start a non-profit organization for people to feel more secure in their donations going to the cause it is meant for. Going back to my previous point, those with the lower-income donated more within their means. The government could do a greater tax-write for them. It might seem unfair for them to have a bigger tax write-off, but at the same time, their income is lower than others.

Marlee Remenap

I agree with you that crowdfunding is not a solution to raising money, but I also believe that it is a good way to raise money when unforeseen instances occur.


In their article "Crowdfunding Isn't Enough in a Crisis," Nora Kenworthy and Mark Igra express their concerns about the limitations and inequalities inherent in crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe. While I agree with their observations about the challenges and disparities in crowdfunding, I also believe that crowdfunding can still play a valuable role in addressing certain financial needs in a crisis. Kenworthy and Igra rightly highlight that crowdfunding platforms tend to favor campaigns with large social media followings and those that already have some level of exposure. This can create an uneven playing field, where campaigns with more resources and connections have a greater chance of success. Additionally, the authors argue that income inequalities and social network disparities exacerbate the challenges faced by those seeking financial assistance through crowdfunding. Moreover, the authors emphasize that crowdfunding is not a comprehensive solution to address systemic issues, and they advocate for the need for government support programs to provide essential aid. I agree that relying solely on crowdfunding to meet basic needs is insufficient, and policymakers should prioritize implementing robust social safety nets. However, despite these limitations, crowdfunding can still have a positive impact on individuals and communities. It has the potential to mobilize support for urgent and specific cases, especially when traditional avenues fail to provide assistance. The example of Kasson's campaign illustrates the transformative power of crowdfunding in providing substantial help for a person in need. While not all campaigns achieve the same level of success, it is essential to recognize that crowdfunding has the capacity to make a significant difference in certain cases. To address the concerns raised by Kenworthy and Igra, there is a need for greater awareness and equitable distribution of resources within crowdfunding platforms. Efforts should be made to promote campaigns from diverse backgrounds and ensure that those with fewer resources have equal opportunities to gain attention and support. Crowdfunding platforms could also collaborate with organizations and nonprofits to expand their reach and provide additional resources to campaigns that align with their missions.

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