Equality Florida Raises Over $9M for Pulse Victims

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2 min readSep 26, 2016

Equality Florida announced a total of more than $9M has been raised for the victims of the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting largely through a record-setting GoFundMe campaign that drew more than 120,000 donors from over 120 countries.

GoFundMe and Equality Florida teamed up to release a powerful video featuring survivors of the massacre thanking donors from around the world for the tremendous outpouring of support in the wake of the attack. The video also marks the launch of a new “Honor Them With Action” GoFundMe campaign to ensure Equality Florida’s important work continues for years to come.

“Equality Florida made two promises in the aftermath of Pulse. The first was to do everything we could to take care of the families left behind and the survivors of this heinous act of hate. Today we’ve kept that promise,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida.

“Now our attention must focus entirely on fulfilling the second promise — to honor our dead with action. Thoughts, prayers and symbols are not enough. We will ensure the lasting memorial is the real change of uprooting anti-LGBT hatred, discrimination and violence in our culture.”

Inspired by the work of Equality Florida in the aftermath of Pulse, GoFundMe announced they will match up to $100,000 in contributions to the new Equality Florida campaign.

“We are incredibly moved by the global outpouring of support for the Equality Florida campaign, and our thoughts remain with the victims and their families,” said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon. “Tens of thousands of individuals from all over the world came together to show that love wins. We want to thank the GoFundMe community for making their voices heard and standing together in the wake of this senseless attack.”

To stay involved in Equality Florida’s ongoing efforts to make Florida a safer, more inclusive place to live for all, visit the Honor Them With Action GoFundMe campaign: www.gofundme.com/forthe49.