Can members donate to a family through the ward?

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Can members donate to a family through the ward?

Postby pepethecow » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:51 pm

I'm not talking about Fast Offering funds. Those are well-understood. This is about money given directly to a family, for which FO funds are not usually allowed.

There was a recent tragedy in our ward and a GoFundMe for the family was setup. Some members are asking if they can give through the church and we can write a check to the family (I guess for anonymity? GoFundMe provides that...maybe to ensure 100% goes to family?), I thought we could probably do this through the Other account. We've done similar things before with sponsoring EFY, including paying a family back directly with anonymous funds.

Is this ok? Some other way to handle it? Or should we just say...go through GoFundMe...that's what it's designed for.

My preference is to just tell them to use GoFundMe--less complicated paperwork/messiness the better.

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Re: Can members donate to a family through the ward?

Postby russellhltn » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:26 am

I don't think there's anything in the Handbook that would authorize that. And even if people donated to the "other" account, it won't show up in the end-of-year tax statement.
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