Victim's families telling charity where money should go?

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Victim's families telling charity where money should go?

Colorado shooting victims' families criticize relief charity - CNN.com

"We're certain that everyone who donated their hard-earned wages intended for 100% of the donations to go directly to the victims and then each family affected would use those funds for what they most needed to help their healing process," Teves told reporters. "Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case."

Do you think they have a point?

webpage for the charity
https://givingfirst.org/index.php?section=content&action=dynamic&cmsID=36

The Fund does not make grants directly to individuals, but to nonprofit organizations offering assistance to those individuals. Community First Foundation has waived all fees for the administration of the Fund.

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That's what happens when you let the government get their fingers into anything. $5,000 to 70 families is $350,000. What happens to the other $4.5M .... administrative expenses? Some of them probably have just medical bills that are more than $5k.

If the money was donated specifically for these victims, that is where the money needs to go.

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I think they definitely have a point; if they are going to call it the Aurora Victims Relief Fund, people do expect it to go directly to help those people directly impacted by the tragedy, not dispersed to a 3rd party that gives the money out at their discretion. I wouldn't say that I expected 100% to go to the families, because I know that charities typically do have some administrative costs, but I would definitely expect the vast majority of the money to go to the victims.

Gloria, if I wanted to make this political I would argue this shows that if we went with the conservative dream of people relying on charity for their sole source of relief, this is what could happen...:P

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

That's what happens when you let the government get their fingers into anything. $5,000 to 70 families is $350,000. What happens to the other $4.5M .... administrative expenses? Some of them probably have just medical bills that are more than $5k.

If the money was donated specifically for these victims, that is where the money needs to go.

I thought the medical bills were already waived? Was that just a few of the hospitals that treated them?