Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Issa Rae Raises $325k for Alton Sterling’s Kid’s College Fund, but Some Are Skeptical

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*Internet star, actress and writer, Issa Rae like a lot of folks was blown away by the killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police. But she decided to step up and launch a campaign to raise raise college funds for the five children Sterling left behind. The #AltonSterlingFamily Scholarship was created Wednesday, and $325,000 was raised in less than 24 hours!

On the GoFundMe campaign Rae – who doesn’t know the Sterling family – wrote that she is “just sympathetic and empathetic” to the situation. Meanwhile, the Huffington Post is reporting that Rae initially set out to raise $40,000 for the Sterling children. She revealed plans for the scholarship Wednesday afternoon, sharing the link several minutes later.

“Thank you for helping us raise the goal!” she wrote Wednesday evening. “I just got off the phone with the Sterling family attorney who is aware of the GoFundMe and has asked me to call back tomorrow, as the family is (naturally) overwhelmed at this time. Will keep you all posted. In the meantime, keep spreading the word!”

She later shared an update about increasing the goal to $200,000.

“Wow! $100k in 6 hours. This is so powerful,” she wrote. “Can we get to $200k? I’m doubling my pledge. That would be $40k for each of his 5 kids to go to college. Thank you all for uniting through the pain.”

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The campaign has since passed its $200,000 goal by over $125,000 in less than 24 hours from 11,000 donors. It has been shared 31,000 times on Facebook and Twitter.

The actress is getting a lot of love for her efforts, too.

“Damn. Thank you so much, Issa for using your platform and doin’ this,” wrote Hope Freeman on the GoFundMe page. “Bless you, sis.”

But the love wasn’t universal. . Several folks have been skeptical and questioned the validity of the campaign. They wondered if all the funds raised would go toward the children’s higher education and if remaining amounts would be donated for funeral costs.

“I love seeing how the community is pulling together to assist the Sterling family,” wrote Nesta Howell. “I was wondering since the donations exceeded the goal amount, will the remainder go to funeral expenses or will all of it go towards the children’s college fund?”

“I was wondering the same thing,” Fiona Davis responded. “And I hope she is free to use this money however she needs to. I’ve been looking for a way to donate that goes to her directly so she can just focus on taking care of her family.”

A financial adviser from Texas encouraged Rae to set up a tax-advantaged college savings plan to help the family retain as much of the funds as possible.

“I’m sure you’ve considered a number of options for the funds that you raise and, I’m not sure what your plans are for the funds once you’ve reached your goal,” wrote Fred Reynolds. “However, I would encourage you to look into opening a 529 College Savings plan. I hope this money truly helps this family.”

h/t: atlanta black star

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