Times Staff Writer
Three days after its inception, the OneOrlando Fund has raised $7.5 million to help victims, their families and the city recover from the Pulse nightclub shooting, Mayor Buddy Dyer's office announced Friday.
That brings the amount of private donations to more than $13 million.
The city also brought in victim fund expert Kenneth Feinberg to help distribute the OneOrlando Fund money. Feinberg, a mediation attorney based in Washington D.C., has helped manage funds for victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the Virginia Tech massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing.
Feinberg told the Tampa Bay Times that the process of distributing funds is cut and dry.
"The really tough part is not designing or administrating the programs ... It's all mathematical," he said. "The difficult part is the emotion associated with the horror."
Alex Martins, president of the NBA's Orlando Magic, was named chair the OneOrlando Board. The board "will provide the oversight and guidance needed to support the victims of the Pulse tragedy and their families," the mayor' office wrote in a statement.
"We recognize there are victims in need of support now, and we ask for your patience as we ensure we are able to assist these victims in an open, transparent and equitable manner," the mayor said in the statement. He added that details about distributing the funds will be released in the near future.
The OneOrlando Fund has a broad purpose: To help the community recover. It is being administered by the Central Florida Foundation and will be geared to, among other things, community nonprofit groups dealing with the aftermath of the attack.
By Friday evening, LGBT civil rights group Equality Florida had raised more than $5.2 million through its GoFundMe.com page, a fund they say will be paid out to victims and their families.
Gov. Rick Scott is also asking for donations to the Florida Disaster Fund, which will also benefit groups aiding victims of the Orlando attack. So far the governor's office said it has raised more than $10,000.
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