Often pain drives people to start private foundations, memorial funds, to public charities. In many cases, a fund is created at the death of a loved one to help family and others with expenses and awareness and to memorialize their loved one. The assumption is everyone needs a tax deduction before they will give, therefore, lawyers are often too quick to set up a nonprofit entity to receive such generous gestures of money. Of course this does not happen every time someone dies, but it occurs more often than necessary; especially around the death of young children and teenagers. And the next thing a small to medium size community knows, is that there are possibly thousands to tens of thousands of these mom and pop grieving funds set up all seeking a few dollars from their local neighbors. Sadly, this usually creates more stress on the grieving family trying to keep alive the memory of their loved one. Lawyers get their pay and the government gets their filing fees, but how well are these kind of pop-up memorial funds really helpful in the long run? If you are an advisor to families, be careful they are not too quick to jump into decisions when emotions are running high and others may want to prey upon them all in the name of doing good.