Charities

Australia's wildfires elicit massive donations

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Australian wildfires have elicited massive charitable donations: $33 million crowdsourced from Celeste Barber via Facebook; $1 million from actor Chris Hemsworth; $700,000 from a bikini model sending nudes on Twitter.

But, but, but: Most of the money is ending up in the coffers of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) — part of the state government — and which last year saw donations of less than $1 million.

WashPost: Mormon Church allegedly stockpiled $100 billion in donations

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The Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: George Frey/Getty Images

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allegedly amassed $100 billion in tax-free funds "intended for charitable purposes," a whistleblower claimed in a report to the Internal Revenue Service obtained by the Washington Post Monday.

The allegations: Per WashPost, the Nov. 21 complaint to the IRS alleges church leaders misled congregants "by stockpiling their surplus donations instead of using them for charitable works" and "possibly breaching federal tax rules."