Plead for Cash

Launched in 2010, allows people to create fundraising sites for their personal needs. Folks have set them up to raise money for everything from medical bills to weddings, says co-founder and Chief Executive Brad Damphousse. College students are, of course, using the site to help cover their college tuition. In fact, Damphousse points out a special section of the site that’s dedicated to those raising money for education—one of the most popular examples is asking friends and family for help paying for study-abroad trips. Should you decide to create a GoFundMe site, says Damphousse, being honest about why you need the money and thanking your donors can go a long way toward successfully raising funds.

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