Kylie Jenner donated $5K to her friend’s GoFundMe when the goal was $10K

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As we discussed, Kylie Jenner got a lot of crap on social media and in the comment section of this blog. One of Kylie’s makeup artists/friends (Samuel Rauda) was in some kind of bad vehicular accident and he has a bad head injury. Kylie donated $5000 to his GoFundMe page, which was set up by his family, and she encouraged her millions of followers to check out the page and donate if they could. The reason why Kylie was getting slammed was because the GoFundMe fundraiser was for $120,000 and Kylie only donated $5K, despite being a near-billionaire. Well, Kylie heard y’all and she wanted to clarify some sh-t: when she donated the $5K, the goal set by the GoFundMe was allegedly $10,000. Hm.

Mega-wealthy reality star Kylie Jenner came under fire for encouraging fans to help fund a celebrity makeup artist’s medical bills — but a source told Page Six she did so believing she had covered the remainder of the costs herself. By the time Jenner had become aware of Samuel Rauda’s request for financial help on GoFundMe, $6,000 of the original $10,000 goal had already been raised, the source said.

The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star then donated $5,000 of her own money to put the total over the desired amount, the source said. Jenner then posted about Rauda — who “underwent major surgery” on March 14 — on social media in an effort to raise “awareness” since Rauda is a close friend of her current makeup artist Ariel Tejada, the insider said.

She wrote on her Instagram Stories alongside a picture of Rauda, “May God watch over you and protect you @makeupbysamuel everyone take a moment to say a prayer for Sam who got into an accident this past weekend. And swipe up to visit his families go fund me.”

We’re told it was at this point — because Jenner had “brought a lot of attention to” the GoFundMe — that the campaign’s goal was increased above its original $10,000 request, making Jenner’s $5,000 donation appear small in comparison.

[From Page Six]

I know we’re talking about Kardashian-Jenners here and all of that, but… I kind of believe this version? I don’t think Kylie would be so clueless to post Rauda’s GoFundMe page, having only donated $5K, if there was (at the time) still tens of thousands of dollars left to fulfill the goal. I believe the original goal was probably $10K and the Rauda family raised the goal AFTER Kylie posted the info. I wonder if Kylie will donate again? Hm.

Kylie posted her side of the story on her IG:

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Photos courtesy of Kylie’s IG.

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  1. Noki says:

    My question is how did the goal leap morethan 100% was it greed or the medical expenses increased.

    • LadyE says:

      I think definitely medical expenses. I don’t know if you’ve read about his accident, but it is really, really bad. He’s got serious brain damage, there was internal brain bleeding, he’s in a coma now, unclear when he will wake up. It seems like this was a non-famous person GoFundMe and they set 10,000 because that’s a reasonable amount for their friend circle. When Kylie donated, and to give her credit, promoted it, I’m sure they raised it to better reflect the actual monetary needs. If I were trying to help a friend by rallying other friends, i wouldn’t say let’s see if we can raise a million dollars even if that was the total cost because I’d know they didn’t have that cash. If a famous person was like, I’ll help, I would definitely ask them for way more than my friends!

    • Veronica S. says:

      Eh, I can’t really think of a neurosurgery in the world that’s only going to run you $10K. Lowball estimates for tumor removal are at least $20-30K, and the most expensive and complicated surgeries run in the hundreds of thousands. There’s a reason why surgeons are the money makers in hospitals and get paid like it. Chances are, they went in just looking for a down payment to get the surgery down and then set up a plan to pay it over time, and when it went viral, it gave them an opportunity to expand the amount they could bring in to cover the surgery.

    • ME says:

      This might include any rehab he will need, which could be for years. I do wonder, what happens to this money if (God forbid) he passes? A funeral won’t cost that much money. Does the money have to be returned? I donated to a GoFundMe once. I noticed the person never did any updates on their situation though…which makes me wonder where the money actually went?

      • ItReallyIsYou,NotMe k8 says:

        My daughter had a concussion last year. One ride to the hospital emergency room in an ambulance, one CT scan, xrays, stitches, released the same day and it cost us $5,000. So I believe that the family may not have realized how expensive the medical bills would be or only asked for what they thought would be donated before Kylie promoted it.

      • Kate says:

        I don’t think the medical expenses go away if he dies, unfortunately.

      • ME says:

        @ Kate

        Yes obviously not, but I was talking about money for rehab, etc. Also, he probably won’t be able to work for a while. I am assuming those expenses are included in the GoFundMe amount?

    • Sam the Pink says:

      They say in the GFM that it is a combo of medical expenses and money to live on. Even with the best medical insurance, you still need money to live – to pay rent/mortgage, buy food, etc. If he has a brain injury, he will likely be unable to work for some time, and disability is not a sure thing (even if he does get it, the process takes a while).

    • LauraGen says:

      This always happens, especially when famous people get involved. A gofundme will have a modest goal, some famous person will donate/post about it, and the goal will keep going up and up as they can get even more money more easily.

  2. Case says:

    This is basically what I said yesterday about the situation. We didn’t know her personal connection to him (turns out they don’t work together anymore) nor did we know the goal when she donated. I feel like this is just…fine. I still think it’s gross for celebrities to share GoFundMes with fans instead of their wealthy inner circles, though.

  3. Veronica S. says:

    I love how she thinks that actually makes it better when it quite possibly makes her look EVEN cheaper. Like $10K is even more of a “nothing” number to these people. That’s something the average upper middle class person has sitting in their savings account, much less a millionaire. Like, to give you guys a sense of scale, I donated around $2-3K to friends who had unexpected medical bills when their kid was born with half a heart, and I make under six digits a year. The fact that she didn’t straight up donate more money after it went past $10K is hilariously pathetic and insulting.

    Christ, just tax the wealthy already. They exhaust me.

    • Gabriella says:

      You’re not reading the story- it was set to 10, they already had 6, she donated 5 and promoted it. That’s when they raised it to 120. I’m no fan of these women but this is not unreasonable.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Nah, I read it. I’m saying she donated $5K when it was $10K, then saw it had increased, didn’t bother donating any more, and instead sent that out to her millions of followers, the majority of whom are not millionaires. It is absolutely an unreasonable thing to do, especially because she wants us all to pat her on the back for it.

        Don’t forget for a moment people like her got a tax break three years, while the rest of us are seeing ours rise over the new decade. We’re footing the bill for these people to feed parasitically off society at this point.

    • Cate says:

      I agree, we need a wealth tax. Honestly, it’s not reasonable for Kylie (or you!) to have to decide how much is “fair” for you to contribute to individual cases. What would be fair would be universal health care and the government gets actual experts to decide what’s fair for different levels of wealth and income to contribute and then we make a tax based on that.

  4. Anilehcim says:

    It sounds like she was generous. I read she contributed $6,000 to a $10,000 Go Fund. I still don’t understand why she would ever ask her fans to donate instead of the all of the rich people she knows.

  5. psl says:

    This tacky family tries SO hard to spin things in their favor.

    Nope. We see right through you, plastic people.

  6. ME says:

    Either way this family always wins because they got a few days of publicity out of it. That’s all they really care about. Anyways, let’s hope this young man recovers.

  7. Lia says:

    The outrage yesterday was misplaced. Instead of directing it at Kylie direct it at all the useless
    Politicians who let millions of people suffer and die yearly because they refuse to fund universal healthcare and people have to turn to gofundme to survive.

  8. Sam the Pink says:

    She thinks this makes her look better – it doesn’t. Firstly, 5k is still a pittance for her. Huda Kattan, who is rich but not Kylie-level rich, donated 10k and did NOT encourage average people to donate – she just gave her own money. She can spin it however she wants, but the fact remains that a (alleged) billionaire could only spare a pittance on somebody she worked with in their time of need.

    Also, the GFM makes clear that while it will cover medical expenses, the funds will also cover non-medical things, like housing, food, etc. since he is unlikely to be able to work for a while.

    • Lemons says:

      I think this is what gets me…She’s promoting to her fans, but could easily raise so much more by messaging ten of her wealthy friends or all of her family members. You gave just enough to reach the goal, but then encouraged others to donate more…

      Her intentions may have been good, but again, money is in the wrong hands.

  9. Angel says:

    Im sorry im not American so I don’t understand American healthcare system but how does the go fund me for the same operation goes from 10k to 120k ? Is it even legal to raise a go fund me me goal like that ?

  10. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    The only thing that goes into a Kardashian-Jenner’s mouth is filler and the only thing that comes out of it is lies.

  11. nicegirl says:

    I have had neurosurgery and the recovery can be Hell. I hope Sam recovers fully. I can imagine there is a long road ahead and funds will be necessary to support him. More money usually equals better care, right. Sure has in my medical treatments.

  12. DS9 says:

    If her donation met the goal, then why did she share the link afterwards?

    • lucy2 says:

      This is what bothers me. If this guy isn’t a close friend, and her initial donation met/exceeded the goal, that would have been great and generous. Why not just do that and leave it at that? It really bothers me that she used her huge platform to ask other people to give money.

  13. kif says:

    Geez. People are so gullible. If the initial amount was $10k and they already had $6k – this plastic creature “generously” gave $5K – to close the gofundme and thought – “yeah, let’s go ask for more money from the plebes during a pandemic because they are not hard up”. Again – look at her net worth. look how much she earns in an hour. She could have paid the $120k ten times over and not feel a dent in her pocket. She wanted the praise that’s why she posted that and got surprised by the backlash. Now this “explanation”. In any case, any publicity for these amoral creatures is fine by them.

    Hate the US health system and hate unprincipled, immoral billionaires. It’s not a choice between one or the other. Don’t anyone post after this to say she has the right to do whatever she wants with her money because she definitely felt entitled to use her platform to influence her fans how to use their money. More importantly – when are you going to cancel this family for disrespecting black women and POC. The blackfishing from these photos stinks to high heavens. I can’t wrap my head around celebitches who avidly rants against racism yet defends this trash and the rest of her family. Make it make sense.

    • CoffeChamp says:

      Kif, all day to this! We (Black women) continue to speak out on how these KarJenners constantly and consistently disrespect us to the hilt and it still falls on deaf ears. Even here, they are ALWAYS given the benefit of the doubt and excuses are made by the boatloads. Yet, Hillary ImSpanish Baldwin made everyone soooo mad!!

      This chick donated 5K and asked her fans (during a pandemic) to pick up the rest of the tab and to get her some PR praise for doing the bare minimum. They have always done this – see eBay “charities” etc. because its who they are.

      I guess “we” only matter if we are The Duchess of Sussex.

  14. Jess says:

    This definitely makes sense, and I would’ve upped the amount as well if it was getting attention. Medical expenses for that type of injury will be outrageous, probably thousands per day. And as I said yesterday it’s not her responsibility to cover all of his expenses even though she can.

  15. ChloeCat says:

    I know how much medical bills cost, believe me. Back in 2017 I went to the ER with what I thought was just another severe episode of IBS. It turned out to be gastric volvulus & I went septic. They were going to airlift me to a trauma center more equipped to handle my rapidly deteriorating case. I later found out that just to turn on the helicopter cost $15,000, yes, that much. Nearly four years later I’m still getting bills for it due to insurance not covering all of it. But back to Kylie, I think she’s garbage & could have easily paid the $10,000 or whatever amount was needed. She spends that amount in five minutes in an afternoon shopping trip.

  16. tammy says:

    Gofundme should make it so these campaigns can’t be edited after the fact and you shouldn’t be able to raise more then that amount. So many people in need actually need these funds but they do not go viral. Instead the person who needs a vacation or honeymoon raises 10x the money they requested just because they had a cute story and were on the news.

    • L4frimaire says:

      ^^^This! It becomes a pity popularity contest, and like dating sites, certain people get more attention and funding based on who they are, how they look, or what celebrity or news cycle gets behind it. People have actually sued GoFundMe because of discrimination, thought they were being used to raise money for others, getting a share of the amount raised. It’s crazy.

    • lucy2 says:

      OMG, YES.
      I’ve seen a couple of ones go viral and raise ridiculous amounts of money. Even if they capped it at like 150% of the initial ask, that would help.
      I love Humans of NY, and they’ve really helped some people in need, but there’s currently one that has gone over $1.2 million, and I think when it started the goal was less than $100K. It’s awesome for them, but at some point I think the generosity exceeds the need, and should be directed to another cause. Especially right now with so many people struggling.

      There was a local one for a family that had several horrible things happen in a row, they asked for $10K to get them back on their feet, got $17K, and the organizer shut it down with a thank you, rather than seeing how much more they could get.

  17. Naomi says:

    Actually this makes it worse. Should’ve just given him the 10k entire.

  18. L4frimaire says:

    Maybe GoFundMe should be lobbying Congress for Medicare For All, except that would actually put them out of business, since they’ve become a de facto medical reimbursement account . If we want the Kylie Jenners of the world contributing more to healthcare costs, tax them more. I don’t follow her or even like her, but it seems they upped the amount after she contributed enough to meet the original goal and got them more publicity. I don’t get what more this particular family want from her.

  19. Pork chops & Apple sauce says:

    $10k for traumatic brain injury treatment and surgery, for $10k, how?? I had emergency surgery on my tibial plateau, and before insurance, my bill came to around $70k, and that wasn’t neurosurgery.
    With that said, I’m the first person to not believe much of what the K/J’s say or do, but I’m not feeling the need to dig in to Kylie on this one. I don’t trust them, don’t enjoy them and their triggered, thirsty ways.
    I do find it funny how Kylie is very quick to respond to clear up “falsehoods”, well how about y’all clear up the falsehoods around all the work y’all have had done instead of trying to gas light the world that it’s just maturing, having a baby, contouring. Please. Just. Stop.

    • Sam the Pink says:

      It sounds like his medical care is largely being covered by insurance, but he will still have deductible and co-pays, as well as money to live on since a brain injury is likely to mean an extended period of not working.

    • ME says:

      They will NEVER admit to the work they have had done…NEVER.

  20. Vero831 says:

    The amount is irrelevant. But lets discuss. If the goal was $10k and she donated enough to put meet and even exceed the goal, it does not make sense that she would then share the gofundme. Again, my issue is the audacity to solicit donations as a billionaire or multimillionaire. I could care less how much or if she donated. Don’t ask me.

    • Renee says:

      I was just about to pose this question but you did it first. Why solicit further donations if she met the donation goal? It’s not true…that’s why. She is incredibly rich and should not solicit donations for an amount that she herself could pay without batting an eye.

      I’m not suggesting telling people what to do with their own money. What I am saying is that do not solicit money from strangers when you have the means to do it yourself.

  21. LP says:

    The only reason this is getting attention is because Kylie has spent years deliberately exaggerating her wealth in keeping with her “most successful youngest every totally self made businesswoman extraordinaire”- intentionally ordering small amounts of stock, then bragging about it selling out, convincing Forbes to name her a billionaire when that’s questionable at best, etc- it’s literally her only brand, aside from “underage surgery” and “groomed by a predator”. Only donating $5K makes perfect sense…if we’re meant to conclude she doesn’t have as much as she wants everyone to think she does!