$57,000 for 28 clarence go fund me campaigns _ grafton daily examiner

ARM Newsdesk research reveals that Clarence Valley-based appeals for cash cover everything from paying for funerals, publishing a children’s book, cancer patient support, sick kids to injured pets.

The region’s most successful campaign is Somerville Family in which 162 people gave $19,000 to help the Somerville family after Julie Somerville was diagnosed with cancer.

Other successful campaigns included Help Bailey to Walk which has raised $15,420 of a $51,000 goal.


Rate bitcoin The money will help a young cerebral palsy patient walk following extensive surgery.

Mutton Family Fund raised $2650 of a requested $5000, to help the Mutton family cope following a family member being hospitalised for a serious heart condition.

Wixy’s Building Fund has collected $2500 to pay for a $4500 home to house a small family in the Southern Philippines and Support Badger to Vegas World Champ raised $2400 to help pay for bodybuilder Brad Clarke to attend a competition in America.

Consumer group Choice says potential donors should do a bit of research before shelling out their cash when they see a plea for help, just in case it was a scam.

Dr Logue said Go Fund Me-type fundraising campaigns were popular because they allowed generous Clarence Valley residents to “connect” with causes on a personal level as opposed to being “mugged” by street collectors.

The little lad has endured extensive surgery and other medical treatments to fix his dislocated hips and straighten his legs in the hopes of being able to walk like his twin brother Cooper.

Ms Verran said she looked at a lot of crowdfunding sites and settled on Go Fund Me because it was easy to use for both campaigners and donors.

She said it was important to give donors a clear story when asking for people to dig deep and to also ensure there were regular updates for current contributors and for those who might want to donate to the cause.

“A lot of people have given a lot of money so now I let the donors know about his accomplishments – for example when he does something special like swimming.

Clarence Valley residents raising money through Go Fund Me have no need to worry about tax implications unless they provide a product or service in return for donations.

Certified Practising Accountants Australia tax policy head Paul Drum explained money donated to personal causes, such as helping a family member in crisis, would be seen as a gift by the Australian Tax Office.

He said there was a downside though as contributors could not declare their donation in their tax returns unless the organisation receiving the cash was a deductible gift recipient.

“If for example you said ‘I’ve invented a new motorcycle helmet and if you give us money to get this to market we guarantee you’ll be one of the first people in the world to get this new helmet’, then you’re selling a helmet in a way. Bitcoin value history chart So there are income tax implications because this is business oriented.”

The Federal Government was forced back to the drawing board when 12 months ago when its Corporations Amendment (Crowd-Sourced Funding) Bill failed to make it through Parliament, with Labor claiming it failed to address stakeholder concerns.

Go Fund Me is the site most individuals turn to raise money for causes that impact them directly – such as helping a sick mate or collecting money to send a child to a sporting event.

The site describes itself as “the world’s largest social fundraising platform” and claims to have collected more than $3 billion from more than 25 million donors.

Chuffed.org and Start Some Good target people and organisations wanting to raise money for community-based social enterprises such as housing for the homeless.

Pozible.com, Kickstarter.com and IndieGoGo.com are popular with budding entrepreneurs who want the community to fund projects such as music albums or business start-ups.

These three sites also provide a platform for individuals to raise money for personal projects such as helping mates or family through tough times.

Pozible collects 3-5%, depending on the amount raised. Bitcoin trading value It also charges 2.4-3.4% plus 30c for each credit card or PayPal transaction; and it has a bitcoin charge as well.

Unlike the other crowdfunding sites, Chuffed.org campaigners do not pay any fees, instead donors pay 2-2.9% plus a 30c payment processing fee when they contribute to a cause.