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December 09, 2015

Muslims Lead Crowdfunding Effort for San Bernardino Victims

An online fundraising campaign spearheaded by U.S. Muslims has raised more than $100,000 for the families of victims of last week's mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Muslims United for San Bernardino campaign on the crowdfunding site LaunchGood was initiated by Faisal Qazi, a neurologist in Pomona, Calif. It is by far the most successful campaign to date on LaunchGood, which was started two years ago by Chris Blauvelt, a convert to Islam from Detroit.

The site has hosted 473 projects and raised more than $5 million, 80 percent of it from Muslim Americans. After 9/11, Mr. Blauvelt said, U.S. Muslims "realized we had to do more than get good jobs as doctors and engineers and buy houses in the suburbs. We have to give back to the communities we live in, the American community."