SOUTHFIELD, MI - It is with heavy hearts that we endure another mass shooting which resulted in the senseless deaths of 17 school children, this time at a high school in Parkland, Florida. As expected, many are motivated to assist the families affected by this tragedy and to provide support to help restore the surrounding community. Crowdfunding sites continue to be a popular means to provide support and a number of them have already raised significant sums.
We encourage donors to stay informed about potential problem appeals and to be aware that not all crowdfunding sites operate in the same way. Some take steps to catch questionable efforts while others may not be so careful. One caution is that a crowdfunding posting should get permission from the families before using photos or names of victims. Unfortunately, this is not always done.