BATON ROUGE, LA - Assistance organizations have started to boom following the disastrous flood in South Louisiana, with GoFundMe already hosting nearly 2,000 campaigns that have raised approximately $1.2M. Attorney General Jeff Landry is working to ensure charitable donations to help flood victims truly go to the intended causes.
"The generosity and outpouring of support from fellow Louisiana residents and businesses have been amazing and humbling," said General Landry. "Our office is doing all we can to ensure relief donations actually support those affected by the flooding."
In that light, the Louisiana Department of Justice has teamed with GoFundMe to add additional fraud protections. While GoFundMe already tracks a number of different data points to look for possible triggers and has mechanisms in place to require funds be distributed to intended beneficiaries, new communication streams have been established so red flag notifications are immediate. Additionally, GoFundMe will make every effort to refund anyone who does not get the funds as well as refund owners who believe the funds were not properly distributed.
"We urge the GoFundMe community to continue to support the tens of thousands of folks impacted by the devastating floods. We will continue to work closely with the Attorney General and the GoFundMe campaign organizers to ensure the families receive the help they need," said Daniel Gordon, GoFundMe's Head of Trust and Safety.
"Louisiana is experiencing monumental devastation and tragedy," added General Landry. "We are grateful for the efforts of GoFundMe to make sure donations benefit our struggling neighbors—not fraudulent individuals or organizations."
General Landry also offered the following tips to those who wish to make a GoFundMe donation:
For more natural disaster consumer tips, please visit www.AGJeffLandry.com.