•   
  •   

US News Why Celeste Barber's bushfire fundraiser is more complicated than it seems

14:30  14 january  2020
14:30  14 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Australian bushfire smoke drifts to South America - WMO

  Australian bushfire smoke drifts to South America - WMO Australian bushfire smoke drifts to South America - WMOGENEVA (Reuters) - Smoke from wildfires in Australia has drifted across the Pacific and affected cities in South America, and may have reached the Antarctic, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday.

Last Friday, comedian Celeste Barber set a modest target: to raise ,000 for the bushfire crisis engulfing NSW. She created the fundraising campaign on Barber ' s campaign has been rewarded with a mural. Credit:Wayne Taylor. More than 1.2 million individuals from at least 75 countries have

That position, shared by many Republicans, makes it highly unlikely that there would be sufficient support for changing the system. "There' s no realistic chance of a Constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College," said Jacob Levy, a professor of political theory at McGill University.

a person posing for the camera: Celeste Barber created the campaign after her family was affected by the NSW bushfires. (Facebook: Celeste Barber) © Provided by ABC NEWS Celeste Barber created the campaign after her family was affected by the NSW bushfires. (Facebook: Celeste Barber)

A special message from MSN:

We’re committed to help support relief efforts after the devastating Australian bushfires. You can donate directly here, and read more here.

Less than two weeks after Celeste Barber launched her bushfire fundraiser on Facebook, the campaign has raised more than $51 million (£27m).

But getting the money into the hands of charities isn't as simple as clicking the "donate" button.

Here's why the unexpectedly large amount of money raised has made things a lot more complex.

Bushfire victim pens an emotional poem after helplessly watching his house burn down in a ferocious fire

  Bushfire victim pens an emotional poem after helplessly watching his house burn down in a ferocious fire Jim Hughes wrote 'The Burning Bay' one week after a bushfire ripped through his Batemans Bay property on the New South Wales South Coast on New Year's Eve.A special message from MSN: We’re committed to help support relief efforts after the devastating Australian bushfires. You can donate directly here, and read more here.

Instagram comedian turned global star Celeste Barber has achieved a new record with her incredible fundraising efforts amidst the horrifying Australian bushfires . The star' s Facebook appeal has surpassed its million target, making it the social media platform' s biggest fundraising effort ever.

Celeste Barber , the Australian comic with a strong social media following, has raised more than million to help communities affected by bushfires . Following Barber ’ s fundraiser kicking off and her Instagram posts, a long list of celebrities donated to bushfire relief. US singer Pink donated 0,000

Where did the money go?

Once the money is taken from a donor's account, it goes into the PayPal Giving Fund, a registered public ancillary fund set up to distribute money to charities.

The money is not immediately passed on, with the process usually taking between 15 and 90 days.

Pictures: Australia's bushfire emergency

Thick smoke from the East Gippsland bushfires still covers areas of the region on January 13, 2020 near Nicholson, Australia.  The death toll from Victorian bushfires has now risen to four, following the death of a firefighter on Saturday near Omeo. Fires in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia have burned more than 10 million hectares of land in recent months. 21 people have been killed and thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed.

But a spokesperson last week told the ABC that PayPal had been making special exceptions to fast-track donations made through its platform to aid in the fight against Australia's bushfire crisis.

But the money donated by more than 1.3 million people through Barber's campaign, created to benefit the Trustee For NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Brigades Donations Fund, has been in limbo for days.

On Thursday, a PayPal Giving Fund spokesperson said the company was "on standby" to release the funds.

Shane Warne cap auctioned for $1 million for bushfire appeal

  Shane Warne cap auctioned for $1 million for bushfire appeal SYDNEY (AP) Australian cricketer Shane Warne's baggy green cap has made more than 1 million Australian dollars ($685,000) at auction to aid those affected by wild fires across the country. When bidding closed on Friday morning the famous cap that is given to each Australian test cricketer was sold for $1,007,500. © APWF FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2007 file photo, Australian bowler Shane Warne waves his cap to the crowd as he leaves the field following their win over of England in the fifth and final Ashes cricket test in Sydney, Australia.

Barber ’ s fundraiser has been shared by other celebrities, including the actor Natalie Portman and the singer Lizzo. Lizzo used her Instagram stories to The ABC reported on Sunday that its disaster relief and recovery appeal with the Australian Red Cross had raised more than m for bushfire -affected

Barber ’ s fundraiser , conducted on Facebook, is among many that are specifically directed to the RFS trustee. The official donations page of the RFS also I want you to know that , otherwise why raise this money if it ’ s not going to go to the people who absolutely need it .” But Darren Fittler, a lead partner in

Barber on Thursday said via Instagram the payout process was imminent.

The bushfire crisis has attracted attention overseas, prompting international donations. © AAP: Dan Peled The bushfire crisis has attracted attention overseas, prompting international donations. "I have had some pretty long and pretty boring conversations with fancy people at PayPal, Facebook, and the RFS, and I can tell you now, your money is getting moving," she said.

But PayPal was not able to confirm the money was being distributed until this afternoon.

"PayPal Giving Fund has begun granting funds to The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades Donation Fund," a spokesperson told the ABC.

Where will the money end up?

Barber's campaign attracted more than 1.3 million donors. © ABC News Barber's campaign attracted more than 1.3 million donors. "PayPal Giving Fund's first priority is to honour the donors' wishes and grant donated funds to the charity they've nominated — which in the case of Celeste Barber's fundraiser is the Trustee of NSW RFS to whom funds are being granted," the spokesperson said.

Navy brings emergency beer to fire-hit Aussie town

  Navy brings emergency beer to fire-hit Aussie town Australia's navy tasked with rescuing bushfire-trapped residents on the southeast coast received a new mission Friday -- delivering beer to a country pub on the verge of running dry. Carlton and United Breweries said Friday it had dropped the alcohol at the Cerberus naval base to be delivered to the Mallacoota Hotel, after it was on the verge of running out. © Getty Australian Navy vessel HMAS Choules. The delivery includes 20 kegs and four pallets of beer and cider for a town that usually has a population of around 1,000."A pub with no beer is bad enough at the best of times," said Carlton and United Breweries CEO Peter Filipovic.

Celeste Barber smashed world records after raising a staggering million to help victims of bushfires and the brave volunteer firefighters saving Tens of thousands of people have donated more than million to Celeste Barber ' s bushfire fund after watching devastation across Australia.

Celeste Barber , who raised over million for bushfire relief, will be hosting the ' Fire Fight' concert in February 2020. The comedian will be joined by Jessica Mauboy, Delta Goodrem and more . Barber , who has already raised over million through her viral social media fundraiser , will be

It is unclear how that money will be spent, but an RFS spokesperson said members would be consulted on how best to spend it.

Gallery: Australia's bushfire catastrophe (Atalantic)

a man standing in front of a sunset: Nancy Allen and Brian Allen stand outside as high winds push smoke and ash from the Currowan Fire towards Nowra, New South Wales, Australia, on January 4, 2020.

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons last week told The Guardian the service wanted to understand the intention of people making donations.

"Was it to go to disaster victims, was it to go to make better arrangements and better conditions for volunteers?" he said.

"We will need to target the money to where people intended it to go."

What do donors want?

PayPal's spokesperson said the platform was fast-tracking donations made to the bushfire crisis relief effort. © AAP: Dan Peled PayPal's spokesperson said the platform was fast-tracking donations made to the bushfire crisis relief effort. Australian National University Associate Professor Michael Eburn, who wrote about the fundraiser in his Emergency Law blog, said there was confusion among donors about where the money was going.

"There is no suggestion that the RFS don't deserve the money or won't use it well," Dr Eburn told the ABC.

"The only concern, reading the comments of the donors, is that some don't understand who or what they have donated to."

Town destroyed by Australia's deadliest bushfire faces new threat

  Town destroyed by Australia's deadliest bushfire faces new threat It is more than a decade since Black Saturday. In February 2009 a bushfire ripped through the area surrounding Kinglake, a town not far north of Melbourne. It killed 173 people and remains Australia's deadliest bushfire incident. But Kinglake is at risk again.Mikey Libreri has lived in the town his entire life. He takes me through the dry bush around his house and points to the ridge."The flame height about 300 metres from here was up to half a kilometre high.

Celeste Barber has a drinking game in her new standup show, called “Allowed; Not Allowed”. “I get a little miffed with fashionista people thinking that they are much better than other people because they are very slim and have architect husbands and get to wear free stuff.

Among the many other artists who have also opened the same type of fundraiser , I also wanted to extend to help promote donation towards their funding by giving out small sketches to anyone who donates at [HQ] Liam and Chris with Celeste Barber ‪at the Make It Rain Fundraiser in Byron Bay. ‬

Some donors commented on the fundraiser page asking whether the money raised would be split between charities and firefighting services.

Barber set up the fundraising campaign with an initial target of $30,000 after her family in Eden, NSW was affected by bushfires.

She did not set up her campaign for it to be an Australia-wide, all-encompassing fundraiser for the bushfire crisis.

But as the campaign went viral, it came to be viewed as a national fundraiser by some, particularly those from overseas.

International donors unfamiliar with Australia's state-based firefighting services may have assumed the fund was for a national fire organisation or for victims, but Mr Eburn said Barber was not misleading people.

The page clearly states the RFS Trust was the intended recipient of the funds.

Barber's fundraiser makes no mention about other states, victims or wildlife in her brief campaign description that reads: "Please help anyway you can. This is terrifying."

"She set up a page and asked people to donate to the RFS Trust and they did," Dr Eburn said.

But as the final tally grew, so did demands for the money to be split up.

More money, more responsibility

Barber set out to raise $30,000 but her campaign has attracted more than $51 million in donations. © ABC News Barber set out to raise $30,000 but her campaign has attracted more than $51 million in donations. While Barber's initial target of $30,000 would not have left charities with much if it was split up, even a small percentage of the $51 million would be quite a large donation.

Bushfire smoke plume destined to reach Australia again after circling the globe, NASA predicts

  Bushfire smoke plume destined to reach Australia again after circling the globe, NASA predicts If you thought the bushfire smoke was finally starting to clear, NASA says we might be in for more — but from the same plume, which is circumnavigating the globe.NASA is predicting smoke from the country's devastating bushfires will make it all the way around the world, with the potential to move over Australian skies again in the coming days.

Australian comedian Celeste Barber is hosting an Australian bush fire fundraiser that will feature performances from Queen + Adam Lambert, Olivia Newton-John, KD Lang and Alice Cooper. The comedian has raised more than A million through a social media fundraiser and will act as a

Celeste Barber (pictured with husband Api Robin in 2018) has jokingly asked Jacinda Ardern to become the leader of Australia. This comes on top of the rotation of more than 150 New Zealanders who been working at the fire fronts in Australia since October.

"It seems with raising a f***-tonne of money comes with a f***-tonne of people telling you what you should do with it," she said in an Instagram story last week.

"So it's going to the RFS and it will be distributed out.

"So I'm going to make sure that Victoria gets some, that South Australia gets some, also families of people who have died in these fires, the wildlife.

"I get it, I get it all, I'm hearing you all. I want you to know that, otherwise why raise this money if it's not going to go to the people who absolutely need it."

The ABC contacted Barber to clarify what she meant by this, but her publicist said she was declining interviews and would instead be "keeping everyone updated via Instagram".

Can the money be divvied up?

Possibly, but it would not be a simple process.

There are limited ways the RFS fund trustees can spend the money, as they are bound by their trust deed which states the funds should be used:

…to or for the brigades in order to enable or assist them to meet the costs of purchasing and maintaining fire-fighting equipment and facilities, providing training and resources and/or to otherwise meet the administrative expense of the brigade which are associated with their volunteer-based service activities.

Gallery: Bushfire emergency in Australia (Photos)

Property damaged by the East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield, Victoria, Wednesday, January 1, 2019.

Dr Eburn said, as it stands, the deed makes it "impossible" to distribute money to anyone other than RFS brigades.

"To move the money elsewhere may require an Act of Parliament or approval of the NSW Supreme Court," he said.

However, Swinburne Business School Industry Fellow Krystian Seibert shared a theory from a charity lawyer about how the trust fund could spread the money around.

Bushfire smoke plume destined to reach Australia again after circling the globe, NASA predicts

  Bushfire smoke plume destined to reach Australia again after circling the globe, NASA predicts If you thought the bushfire smoke was finally starting to clear, NASA says we might be in for more — but from the same plume, which is circumnavigating the globe.NASA is predicting smoke from the country's devastating bushfires will make it all the way around the world, with the potential to move over Australian skies again in the coming days.

Celeste Barber was hugged by both Hemsworth brothers as they helped raise money for Australian bushfire relief. Celeste Barber gets in the middle of a Hemsworth sandwich at bushfire fundraiser as Chris and Liam lend their support.

Has comedian Celeste Barber ' s million bushfire charity Meet the primary school teacher who is spending her holidays What started off as a routine operation to prevent airborne asbestos from burned buildings ended up giving Mr Rumpf a viral video with more than 1.3 million views.

It would need to be shut down once the money came through.

The "winding up of the Trust" clause says money left in the account has to be distributed to other registered charities as nominated by the trust. This would free up the trust to donate the Barber fundraiser money to other causes.

Then they could set up a new charity to replace the RFS Donations Fund, distributing some of the $51 million to the new entity for NSW volunteer firefighters, Dr Seibert said.

"I don't know how likely this would be," he said.

"But it is another option to address the legal issues which have arisen.

"I do think that fundraising websites need to give consideration as to whether they are sufficiently clear about how the arrangements they use work, so people setting up fundraisers, and donors themselves, are fully aware of them."

MSN UK is committed to Empowering the Planet and taking urgent action to protect our environment against the climate crisis. We’re supporting those on the front line tackling the Australian bushfire crisis. Find out more about our campaign here.


Dust storms and giant hail batter bushfire-weary Australia .
Thunderstorms and giant hail battered parts of Australia's east coast on Monday after "apocalyptic" dust storms swept across drought-stricken areas, as extreme weather patterns collided in the bushfire-fatigued country. © PETER PARKS Australia has since October been overwhelmed by an unprecedented bushfire season made worse by climate change Australia has since October been overwhelmed by an unprecedented bushfire season made worse by climate change.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 0
This is interesting!