Donors giving to Orlando victims’ fund at a record rate

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ORLANDO, USA – JUNE 12: Mourners gather at Lake Eola for a candle light vigil for the victims of the terrorist massacre at the gay night club, Pulse, in Orlando, USA on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A GoFundMe initiative to raise money for the victims and families of the mass shooting at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, raised $1 million faster than any campaign in the platform’s history.

By Monday, 13th, afternoon, just one day after the shooting that occurred early Sunday morning, the campaign had raised nearly $1.7 million from more than 42,000 separate donors. By Wednesday 15th, it was $4.3 million gave by 93,000 people.

The campaign was started by Equality Florida, an LGBT rights nonprofit with offices in several Florida cities including Orlando. The campaign’s stated goal is $5 million, double its original goal of $2.5 million. The goal was raised after GoFundMe saw the rate at which individuals were donating money.

There has been an outpouring of volunteer and charity support after the weekend’s shooting, which left 49 dead and 53 injured. Orlando’s Pulse club, where the attack occurred was a center of gay nightlife, and the nation’s LGBT community has come together to grieve and send support to Orlando.

Source: The Huffington Post

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