Crowdfunding for school and club sports trips has become increasingly popular, with more coaches and parents seeing it as a viable option to raise money to pay for their children’s participation at away games.
Crowdfunding is defined as the practice of funding a project or venture by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount.
Platforms such as Go Fund Me, Candystick and Go Get Funding are available to make the process run smoothly.
While most people who make use of this practice are legitimate, unfortunately, there are those who see it as a means to scam people of their hard-earned money.
There are many crowdfunding pleas trending on social media, and while most are true causes, some are not.
To avoid being scammed, there are a few things to look out for.
It is best to do your own research into the people or organizations making the requests before giving a donation.
Sport for Lives, a community-driven organization, is dedicated to facilitating opportunities for individual sports players and teams.
Jonathan Kruger, co-founder and director of Sport for Lives, says it is important for people to do some research before they send money to any organization.
“It is important to identify the need and the cause that is presented.
“Find out about the organization’s track record.
“There will always be those that try to take chances, and unfortunately people will sometimes fall victim to scams.
“But if you do research and find there are details that are not clear, or unverified, it is best to stay safe and find other ways to help the cause,” said Kruger.
Sport for Lives makes use of crowdfunding through legitimate and transparent campaigns.
The organization also has auditors to ensure that all financial donations are transparent and traceable.
The organization has an excellent track record of running campaigns for different people and teams, and information on all its previous work is available on its website.