The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised 15.6 million dollars for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), which is a very good thing. I am not bashing fundraising. Lord knows, I've done plenty myself and am currently involved in a gofundme project.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is nothing more than bullying for a good cause in my mind; the ultimate form of peer pressure. You are called out in a public forum (social media - about as public as you can get) and have 24 hours to do the challenge (and still pay $10) or cough up the money. To me, this is like the playground bully telling a child that he can either give up his lunch money for the week or get a swirly and give up just today's lunch money.
It doesn't sit well with me.
I donate to charities a lot. I give both my time and my money.
I haven't forgotten that just a few short years ago we were living hand-to-mouth and I never knew from one month to the next if I was going to be able to keep a roof over our heads. We went three entire winters with nothing more than extra blankets and space heaters because I couldn't afford the $300+/mo natural gas bill. There were times when we'd wake up and the house was a balmy 40* F.
Now that I'm in a position to be more free with my money, I don't think twice about giving charities that I believe in my money, but I won't be bullied into it.
Maybe it's the still-too-fresh-memory of having nothing that makes me hate this challenge so much. I worry about the people who are challenged who don't have the money to donate, who are playfully "called out" by their friends. I put myself in their position and can feel very clearly the pressure to perform. I'm sorry, but back in the day, giving up $10 would have been taking food out of my kids' mouths. The $100 for not doing the challenge would have been my entire month's worth of groceries.
Even though it's "for a good cause" it's still nothing more than bullying.