On Wednesday, global crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced it has dedicated a crowdfunding to those affected by the wildfires in California. The funding portal stated that each initiative is under the GoFundMe Guarantee, which ensures that all funds go to the right place. It was revealed:
“It’s helpful to know how a donation ends up getting to a beneficiary (the person or group a campaign is intended to benefit). Funds are collected by our payment processors, held, and then released only to the person named as the beneficiary. If a campaign organizer has a direct, personal connection to the beneficiary, then in some instances the campaign organizer may withdraw the funds to provide directly to the beneficiary. If any questions arise, our team will hold the funds unless the beneficiary is verified to our satisfaction. This layer of protection ensures that funds go only into the right hands. Our team will provide around-the-clock support to ensure of the money goes to the right place.”
At 17 people have died and more than 2,000 buildings have been destroyed as firefighters continue to try to fight the devastating fires. Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott reportedly stated during an afternoon news conference:
“These fires came down into neighborhoods before anyone knew there was a fire in many cases. This is just pure devastation and it’s going to take us a while to get out and comb through all of this.”
Full list of GoFundMe campaigns dedicated to the fire victims can be found here.
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