I'm asking this because we recently heard from an acquaintance who is fundraising for the expense of burying a relative. Only friends are being solicited, none of them really know the relative, no one knows what the immediate family thinks of this, and the kicker is that she (the relative in question) is still alive but will probably pass soon. It's a very sad situation and one we find very bizarre.
I've heard of collections being taken up for new homes, career changes, weddings, adoptions, etc but this seems to me so far outside the realm of bad taste that I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't heard it myself.
So what have you been asked to contribute to that you just couldn't believe?