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Australia More than 200 GoFundMe pages have been created to support victims of the Queensland and New South Wales bushfires

01:35  13 november  2019
01:35  13 november  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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The scale and ferocity of bushfires sweeping NSW and Queensland is testing the resources of firefighters It has has raised more ,000 so far. A separate GoFundMe page has been created to help One of the more successful GoFundMe campaigns is one run by the Port Macquarie Koala

Catastrophic bushfire conditions are forecast this week for tinder dry regions of three Australian Fatigued firefighters are battling over 100 fires in New South Wales ( NSW ) and neighbouring The fraud of the government’s professed concern for the victims was underlined by the pittances in

a steam train is coming down the mountain: Aussies are supporting bushfire victims through GoFundMe.(Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images) Aussies are supporting bushfire victims through GoFundMe.(Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Australians are a generous bunch, it seems.

It's been a year since crowdfunding platform GoFundMe decided to remove its 5% platform fee and it has seen some positive results. Following the move, GoFundMe has seen a 61% rise in donations in Australia.

GoFundMe highlighted that already in 2019, more than 700,000 Australians have donated to causes on the site. On top of that, it noted that one in 10 Australians have given to a GoFundMe page.

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At least 100 homes have been destroyed in the New South Wales bushfires , with two people dead Queensland Fire and Emergency Services was also warning residents of the Sunshine Coast that a On Friday afternoon the RFS said some of the fires were so intense they were creating their own

Several GoFundMe pages have also been set up in NSW ’s mid-coast area Hundreds of koalas are also estimated to have been killed by the bushfires that raged near NSW ’s Port There is also a Disaster Recovery Allowance that provides 13 weeks of income support to compensate people for

GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon told Business Insider Australia that those statistics showed him that Australia is "one of the more generous countries that we've seen." In the US, he said roughly 1 in 14 people have given to a GoFundMe page.

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There are more than 70 bushfires burning across NSW and dozens in Queensland , where a state of emergency has been declared. Do not hesitate at all,” she said. The Queensland government will also be monitoring smoke haze throughout the south east of the state, as well as in Rockhampton

"There's only one other country that's a little better than Australia – that's Ireland," Solomon said. "They're probably about one in eight. So the Aussies are incredibly generous and in a lot of ways, we're just getting started. We haven't been in the market all that long."

The US-based company launched in Australia in 2016, with people seeking funding for a variety of causes such as health issues or emergencies. With the bushfires that have ravaged parts of New South Wales and Queensland, Aussies have been quick to take action and lend a hand.

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More than 0,000 has been raised on GoFundMe to support those affected by the bushfires , but it may come as a surprise that the fundraiser drawing the More than 0,000 has been raised for bushfire victims and there is one page that has received significantly more donations than any other.

In the past few days, more than 215 campaigns related to the bushfires have been created on GoFundMe and more than $250,000 has been raised to support bushfire victims, communities and animals. On top of that, donors from more than 30 countries have also been chipping in to support the victims.

Solomon said GoFundMe has become a "take action button" where, when something happens anywhere in the world, people start a GoFundMe page.

"Already we've seen more than 200 campaigns started for the victims in New South Wales and Queensland and more than $250,000 has been raised so far," he told Business Insider Australia. "We saw the exact same thing happened in California during the recent wildfires of this year and the previous wildfires of last year and the years before that."

Solomon added that in the old days, communities would rely on the government or NGOs to handle such global issues but now people are taking it upon themselves to help each other out. "The power of communities is really important," he said.

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There are more than 70 bushfires burning across NSW and dozens in Queensland , where a state of emergency has been declared. Do not hesitate at all,” she said. The Queensland government will also be monitoring smoke haze throughout the south east of the state, as well as in Rockhampton

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The fee-free model

When Solomon first floated the idea of removing the 5% fee to the company's board of directors, they weren't too thrilled, according to CNBC.

Solomon explained that the fee "allows us to pay our employees, to invest in future technologies, to expand into new markets. So it's essentially our revenue."

Instead of the fee, GoFundMe introduced a tip section where people can voluntarily make contributions, according to Dynamic Business. Removing the fee was designed to make it easier for people to donate.

Looking back at the decision now, Solomon said it was a "brilliant". While the board believed that a 5% fee was reasonable, Solomon had a different approach.

"My pushback was, when people open up their pocketbooks and their wallets, they really want all of the money possible to go to the cause. And it was a very controversial decision but in hindsight, it was the right one. It's allowing us to thrive in the markets in which we've conducted business."

Solomon added that the main driver for the change in the business model was listening to feedback from people who created campaigns and those who were donating.

"In listening to both the campaign organisers who are in need of help, and the donors who are wanting to donate, everyone wanted more money to be able to go to causes," he said.

When asked whether the tipping option makes people more generous, Solomon said it didn't show a growth in donation amount.

"I think people have a really good general sentiment around GoFundMe the platform. And I think they want to do anything they can to help make sure it not only thrives but is there in times of need.

"We haven't seen a huge increase in the donation amount. We've seen more people giving, which is important. But the average donation amount stays pretty constant regardless of whether there is an option to tip or not."

Ley calls on koala experts post bushfires .
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