Multiple fundraisers for fallen officer Adam Jobbers-Miller have been set up to help the family following his death Saturday.
Over $73,000 of the $100,000 goal has been donated online to the GoFundMe account that was set up by the police department, as of Monday afternoon. However, you can also donate money at locations holding fundraisers throughout the week:
- The Nauti Parrot Dock Bar will be raising money for Jobbers-Miller’s family every Tuesday in the month of August from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. during their bingo game.
- The Moody River Grille is holding a fundraiser on August 4 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill held a fundraiser Saturday night, and came up with over $5,000 to give to the mother in the form of a check. Wingnuts Pub and Grub also came up with around $7,000 from their Saturday fundraiser, according to a waitress. Dixie Roadhouse also held a fundraiser Sunday night.
The Fort Myers Police Department announced Saturday night that Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller had died while at Lee Memorial Hospital where he was being treated for injuries.
Officer Jobbers-Miller was shot while on duty on July 21 near a gas station on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
You can find the GoFundMe page here .
So we decided to look into money donations and and how much might not get to the family due to taxes.
Some groups might just donate the cash and not report it to the IRS, but for donations that get reported and to make sure all of your donation goes to the family, you need to donate to a group that is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3).
One restaurant raising funds will donate money raised to the Fort Myers Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial fund.
The way that fund is registered, the IRS can choose to disqualify it from tax exemptions.
Another restaurant is having an events vendor put together a fundraiser. Through this way, only a small part of the donations will go to the family.
Two other restaurants plan on donating directly to the family.
If the family claims the money as a gift, they will not be taxed.
So if you’re donating to the GoFundMe campaign to decide to write a check to Officer Jobbers-Miller’s family directly, they should see all of the money.
Additional reporting by Gabriela Milian