Money for Pulse victims to be combined into single fund

'One Orlando' to join forces with Equality Florida, GLBT Community Center

ORLANDO, Fla. – The people behind the "One Orlando" campaign say they are teaming up with Equality Florida and the GLBT Community Center to create a single central fund.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has announced Kenneth R. Feinberg will be the executor of the One Orlando Fund.

Feinberg will be responsible for developing a “protocol that outlines how One Orlando funds will be distributed directly to victims’ families and survivors" of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the news release said.

One Orlando Fund officials gave a time line for when the fund will be distributed.

Feinberg will meet with the One Orlando Fund board to develop how to disperse the money.

There will be a town hall meeting on Aug. 4 at the Amway Center to get feedback from the victims’ families, survivors and the community.

The board will meet to discuss the feedback from the town hall and formalize the process for funds to be distributed.

Claim forms for victims’ families and survivors will be available on OneOrlandofund.org, and claims will be reviewed and payments are expected to be disbursed by Oct. 1.

More than $17 million has been raised so far.

Organizers say having one fund will not only make it easier for donors, but also cut down on fraud.

Meanwhile, Pulse nightclub employees received their own checks Thursday.

The owners handed out hundreds of dollars to employees to cover their bills and other expenses since they have been out of work.

The money was raised through separate fundraisers specifically for the nightclub staff.