Millions have poured in for Maui wildfire victims. Here’s how much has been distributed
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Millions of dollars have poured in to help residents who lost everything in the Maui wildfires. Many are wondering, where has all that money gone?
The biggest pot of donations is over $110 million in the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. Over four weeks later, they’ve given out nearly $19 million to nonprofits.
“We’ve seen major tragedies, but major acts of compassion — a community that’s come together like never before,” said Micah Kane, the CEO of Hawaii Community Foundation.
Maui United Way has raised over $10 million.
About half of that has already gone to more than 5,000 victims through a one-time, $1,000 payment.
“The urgency is always there. It couldn’t come out fast enough,” said Nicholas Winfrey, of Maui United Way.
“We were working around the clock. I was sleeping at my office. Everyone was all hands on deck.”
MMA star Ilima Lei McFarlane raised $2.6 million on Instagram for Maui relief efforts.
“When people start coming at me, when I’m like, doing everything I can to get this money to the families,” Illima MacFarland said.
“But I just want to reassure everybody that the money is not even in my hands yet.”
MacFarlane says META has yet to release the funds.
In addition to Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne the Rock Johnson’s personal donation of $10 million to the People’s Fund of Maui, about $800,000 has been raised online.
Winfrey and Johnson promised to give $1,200 a month to fire victims.
Their team says so far, over 2,200 applicants have been fully verified and will be notified this week about the disbursement going directly into their bank account, with more being verified each day.
Wildfire survivors can still apply for the People’s Fund of Maui online, and non-profits are still accepting donations.
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