The two big relief funds set up to help victims and families devastated by the June 12 Pulse massacre have agreed to a partnership that will disperse the money in a unified process.
OneOrlando, the fund set up by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, will be unified with the national LGBT fund created by Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida [also known as The Center,] and the National Compassion Fund.
Combined the organizations have raised over $17 million to assist the families of the 49 killed, the 53 who were shot and the hundreds also targeted June 12 at the popular Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse.
The announcement released jointly by the city and the organizations states that the effort will make sure “all funds collected for victims are dispersed in a unified process that will expedite funds, ensure transparency and safeguard against fraud.”
“Words cannot express how grateful we continue to be for the outpouring of generosity our community’s received as the people from around the globe continue to contribute funds to OneOrlando to deliver the critical help and healing the victims’ families and survivors need to aid in their recovery,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, stated in the release.
Equality Florida has raised $7 million largely via social media in a campaign that has set records for online philanthropy. The statewide LGBT organization partnered immediately with the National Compassion Fund, experts in managing disbursement following mass shootings.
“We made three promises to all donors to the victim’s fund from day one: Every penny we receive will go to victims and survivors without exception. We would be transparent about the process for disbursement and we would do everything to expedite the funds while screening carefully for fraudsters. This partnership maintains those commitments and increases the funding dedicated to those who died and those whose lives have been shattered by this vicious hate crime,” stated Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director.
“We at The Center are grateful to be able to join our Victim’s fund with those of Equality Florida and OneOrlando. By unifying the funds, we will be able to ensure that those affected by this tragedy have a single resource to assist in the long road to recovery ahead of our community. We look forward to working together to ensure our community is taken care of in the best way possible,” stated Tim Vargas, The Center’s Board President.