And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” – Luke 3:10-11
There are many things that bring people together—friendship, family, common interests. But sharing a common religion is one of the strongest bonds that exists between a group of people. Wars have been fought over it. But a lot of good has also come from the passion that lies behind religions like Christianity. A prime example of that good is the success of Christian crowdfunding.
For those who don’t know what crowdfunding is, it’s a phenomenon that involves taking small donations from a large number of people to fund a project. The first time it was used in the United States was actually to raise funds for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal. But it really blew up when it moved to the internet—now people from around the world can donate money to individual projects, philanthropic efforts, or even individual fundraisers.
Christianity is actually a great match for this kind of fundraising because it’s a religion that urges practitioners to “love thy neighbor” and help those who are less fortunate than they are. This has manifested itself in many philanthropic efforts by Christian groups in the past, including the foundation of homeless shelters and soup kitchens, trips abroad to developing nations and a variety of fundraisers.
Christian crowdfunding is relatively new, but a lot of sites have been popping up across the internet in the past few years that allow Christians to donate to other Christians’ fundraisers.
Christians are also involved in crowdfunding that is not for faith-based projects only, including individual fundraising initiatives. When it comes to crowdfunding for medical bills, having a strong sense of faith can often help an individual who is facing serious illness and stacks of bills. Church groups are some of the most generous social networks when it comes to fundraising for an individual’s medical expenses.
And what might be even more valuable is the emotional support a faith-based group can offer in an individual’s time of need. Start a fundraiser for your loved one today, and help them get the emotional and financial support they need!