In a world where people crowdfund money for everything from a batch of potato salad to a new Manhattan hotel, it shouldn't come as a surprise that people try tocrowdfund their rent, especially in a city as expensive as New York. What may actually be a surprise is that a lot of these people are successful. AM New York takes a look at the trend and found that the campaigns that are most often successful come from a place of need. Their rent isn't necessarily high, butunfortunate circumstances—a serious illness, financial troubles, legal conflicts—put them on the brink of eviction and led them to websites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.
The secret to a successful campaign? A wide social reach—your Facebook friends and Twitter followers better be generous—and "lack of shame," according to AM New York. Looking through the active campaigns on GoFundMe, it appears that most campaigns are far from their goals, but, unlike Kickstarter or IndieGogo, the website doesn't require a deadline on campaigns and hosts get to keep whatever donations they receive.
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