Quite obviously we think our fundraising goals only make sense because the projects we want to fund have considerable merit. That and the fact that we are only asking for a single dollar from anyone. Mexico is a wonderful country, but it is also one of the poorest. We believe that our projects could truly make a difference. Please just compare our causes to those shown below and we know that you will make the right decision.
Spend money to prove the Earth is flat
It turns out that the rapper B.o. B is part of that entertaining crew that thinks the Earth is flat. In fact, he is so sure that the government is lying to us about the true shape of our planet that he is challenging people to prove him wrong. How you may ask? By raising $1 million ($A1.32m) to send multiple satellites into space in order to “show B.o. B the curve”. B.o. B is so certain that his expedition will prove him right that he kicked off the campaign by personally donating $1,000 to the cause. Since starting the campaign in September 2017 he has raised $6,899, which is still nowhere near his goal but it’s depressing to think anyone would actually donate to that.
Help me purchase Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl’s self-confessed “biggest fan” decided to that if he could get a bit of money together he could hang out with his idol every day. o Frank Pain asked the internet to send him some money so he could purchase Grohl. Yep you read that right. He wanted $35,000 U46,300) so he could buy the dude from Foo Fighters and Nirvana. “I’m his biggest fan and figured I can round up enough scratch to purchase him so we can hang out and high five and s**t. Heck, I may give him a bro-hug or two as well,” he wrote. But fear not, Frank is a realistic guy and he has a backup plan if it turns out buying a human is more difficult than expected. “If it is indeed illegal to purchase another human (or if Mr. Grohl isn’t a willing seller) then I’ll spend the money on beer because Dave seems like the kind of person that would want me to drink beer.” It seems that there are a bunch of people that like the way Frank thinks because he has raised $1,854.
Pay for my kids trip to Disney World
A mum who was lashed by critics for making a crowd-funding appeal to send her children on a trip to Disney World hit back at people who called her out. Nikki Smith set up a crowd-funding page, asking for £5,000 ($A8,000) to be able to get her daughters to the theme park, but was slammed online for using the site to raise the money. She ended up taking the page down but later relaunched it, saying “I never meant to upset anyone”. “I am not a bad person,” she wrote on the new campaign. “I also am not asking people for their hard earned money, people have a choice.” She upped the goal for the new campaign to £10,000 and has raised a hefty $9,330. Even if you don’t agree with asking for handouts for a family holiday, you have to admire her determination.
Giant Lionel Richie head
Taking the iconic video for Lionel Richie’s Hello to the next level, Barcelona-based art collective Hungry Castle launched a campaign to build a super-sized version of the Motown legend’s head in 2013. Over $8000 was donated to the project, with two Australian backers even spending the night in the giant inflatable structure following its unveiling at Bestival.
A better potato salad?
What started as a joke between friends became a worldwide phenomenon just days later when Zack Brown’s offer of a simple potato salad attracted donations of over $55,000. But instead of personally benefitting from this half-baked idea, Zack used the money to fund Potatostock, a festival in his native Ohio whose proceeds went to a charity fighting hunger and homelessness.
Knitted facial hair
Struggling to grow enough facial hair to fit in with the hipster crowd? Then let this woolly, and presumably very itchy, strap-on five o’clock shadow give your face a hug instead. It was produced by Tessa Rushton at a goal of $3000. He raised $3,119.
The Poop Game?
The ultimate in toilet humor, Poop: The Game was designed as an alternative to Uno which ‘could appeal to kids and adults alike’. Incredibly 668 people appeared to fall for the spiel, pledging a total of nearly $12,000 to makers Feels Right Design.
Reverse a bad decision
Turns out getting a job was tough for this tattooed New Yorker. To help erase her (really, really, really) terrible decision and hopefully brighten up her job prospects, she started a GoFundMe campaign to get the 420 tattoos removed from her forehead. Aiming for $800, she raised more than $1,000 in just a few days.
Launch a tardis
Are you such a huge Dr. Who fan that you’d totally pay your own hard-earned cash for them to put an actual Tardis into orbit around the Earth? Apparently, so are these guys. They’ve raised an incredible $88,880!
The Fund for Alabama
If you’ve had enough of donating to sickly children or homeless cats, then why not mix things up and donate to…. the state of Alabama? That’s right, Alabama State Senator Paul Sanford set up a voluntary tax page where you could help pay Alabama state taxes whether you actually live there or not. Raised $1,365.
Not being a white man
Over the course of the 18 months, this African American woman earned almost $6,000 which she says will go toward the $135K she lost out on for not being a white man.
A Fund for a Bride Whose Racist, Murderer Brother Ruined Her Wedding
After her racist brother apparently ruined her first stab at marriage by gunning down nine African American people in Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church (!!!), Amber decided to count herself among the victims by mounting a short-lived GoFundMe campaign. She and her fiance felt that $5,000 would expedite their healing process nicely by helping to cover lost wedding costs, bills, and their dream honeymoon. The page did not last long but they raised $1,565.
$65,000 to make a giant, rideable, six-legged spider robot named Stompy
When a bunch of robotics nerds gets together, cool things happen. In this particular case, a team of instructors and students united on Project Hexapod to build an 18-foot-wide, 4,000-pound, 6-legged hydraulic robot that you can ride. Yeah. Of course, building a giant, steel robot can be costly, so they created a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project—and succeeded in raising $97,817. Stompy isn’t up and running yet, but you can bet we’ll be keeping up with its creators on their Facebook page.