Help me collect donations for a friend.
March 28, 2010 2:17 PM   Subscribe

How do I raise money to replace stolen goods for a friend?

I have a friend who recently had all her photography equipment stolen. She has virtually no money to replace it. A group of facebook friends have decided that we'd like to replace some of it for her but the group is kind of large- about 30 people. What is the best way to go about collecting funds to do this without necessarily getting raped by fees like paypal would charge?
posted by Thrillhouse to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
Best answer: You can send money via paypal as a "gift." They take no fees on the gift money - my friend paypals me for her portion of our shared bill every month this way, no problem.
posted by Medieval Maven at 2:30 PM on March 28, 2010

Medieval Maven is exactly right about paypal.

Or, if you're more ambitious... You could organize a fundraising event with those 30 people and expand the pool of donors. I think you could raise a lot of money if you charged $5 admission, had some moneymaking activities (like a silent auction), and turned it into a big party.
posted by DrGail at 2:45 PM on March 28, 2010

Best answer: Try, which exists to coordinate group collections and gifts, including funded credit cards.
posted by carmicha at 2:54 PM on March 28, 2010

If she's in on it, rather than being a surprise, locals could receive an IOU to be redeemed at a later date for her services. i.e. $25 donation = 1hr of her time for portraits, pets, get together group shots, etc.
posted by hungrysquirrels at 2:58 PM on March 28, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks guys! We're going to decide between paypal gifting and edivvy. Thanks a lot!
posted by Thrillhouse at 5:42 PM on March 28, 2010

Also, consider giving her the gift of photography equipment insurance, something that at $15/month would have spared you and her all this trouble.
posted by halogen at 6:27 PM on March 28, 2010

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