IndieGoGo is a fundraising platform that helps people generate money for “passion projects.” On the homepage of IndieGoGo’s site, there is a campaign to help a young girl with brittle bones. Another aims to fund an indie film project. And yet another is in support of an ocean clean up feasibility study. IndieGoGo explains itself as “a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. IndieGoGo is also a place to discover what people all over the world are passionate about and how to get involved.” No, there is nothing that says the funding raised via IndieGoGo must be used for some altruistic project or entrepreneurial end, however that seems to be implicitly understood by people who start campaigns on the site. Successful projects are ones that are able to capture the hearts and minds of potential funders because they provide a worthwhile service, or help those in need.
Sure, you can try to get funding for any old thing via IndieGoGo. But should you? Should you try and get funding for a total pisser of a vacay to Japan just because you really want to go to Japan and hang out with your buddy there? I’m gonna go with no. And yet! This person feels like it’s totally cool to expect people to fund her vacation.
“Times have been super tough for all of us in the last few years,” explains Kathryn Diehl. Yes, yes, they have. Which is why you have a fucking metric ton of audacity to ask people to fund your vacation to Japan — a vacation that will benefit nobody but you, and is completely not necessary in any way.
Wait, I was wrong. Because this will not only benefit Kathryn, but also her friend Bridget, who is Kathryn’s favorite bar buddy. “Bridget and I have known, and traveled with each other, for more than ten years. The level of laughter and joy we find together, at EVERY moment or trip we are together, is beyond description. We also have an unhealthy obsession with ‘Lost in Translation,’ and it seems most urgent to me to not miss out on being together in Japan.” You know what? I liked “Lost In Translation,” too. Maybe you all should send me to Japan.
Kathryn’s campaign has been on for about two weeks, and has thus far raised $92 of its $4,000 goal, which makes me think I’m not the only one who thinks the idea of trying to get people to fund your vacation is completely laughable. She’s hoping people will think of it as a little gift to her — her birthday is coming up after all. Birthday campaigns aren’t unheard of on IndieGoGo — here’s a small sampling of some of the other ways people are hoping to celebrate their birthdays via the service:
- A woman using her birthday to raise scholarships for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
- A woman looking to raise funds for neonatal care in India.
- Another woman hoping to raise funds for the people of Guinea Bissau.
But maybe I’m wrong, and it’s not totally gauche to expect friends and strangers to give you money so you can party in Japan. If you think it’s a totally reasonable thing to do, by all means, send this woman to Japan. Feel free to reward her selfish behavior with a donation today!