At this very moment, people are putting out a digital bucket and asking for donations for everything from legal bills to fertility treatments to moving costs to cancer care.
You can crowdfund anything from a theater project, a friend's medical bills or even to get your favorite band back together.
The world of crowdfunding is different than other kinds of fundraising. Who decides what causes are "just?" What are the ethical implications of giving money to fund a friend's fertility treatments? I asked Dr. Elizabeth Yuko, a bioethicist and writer to tell me all about it.
ABOUT ELIZABETH: Dr. Elizabeth Yuko, an internationally experienced bioethicist and writer, is the Program Administrator for the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, and the founding and senior editor of the Ethics & Society blog. She earned a Ph.D. in bioethics at Dublin City University (Ireland) in 2012, as well as an LL.M. in migration law, and an M.A. in international security and conflict studies from Dublin City University in 2009 and 2007, respectively. Dr. Yuko has published on bioethics regulations in Ireland and Europe, issues of consent and residual biological materials, research ethics, and the ethics of mental health therapies. She serves as an external ethics expert for the European Research Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Bioethics Initiative.