God and crowdfunders help those who help themselves.
Alida Taylor of Clifton, N.J., couldn't join the Sisters of Life, a Roman Catholic religious community in the Bronx, until she paid off her student loan debt. Under Roman Catholic canon law, a person should not be admitted to a religious institute who has a debt that cannot be repaid.
So she started a GoFundMe campaign on June 29 to raise $12,000 to pay down her student loans. As the news spread, donations poured in, including an anonymous one for $4,505. She surpassed her goal on July 14. Now her campaign has raised more than $14,500.