I don't want to put shade this thread, please don't take wrong the following.
I just needed to express that I personally feel a wee bit bad about directing the few funds to Oakland victims...
First, it's USA-centered: I would have preferred some worldwide solution, as I suggested above.
California is the richest region on this planet. I know there is misery there as well, but still...
Secondly, it's for the families, not the musicians. This tradition of giving money to the families that lost people feels very strange to me, it's not something we would think of in my country. But I would prefer the money to go to musicians or to-be musicians, my personal feeling on this.
Thirdly, this campaign already raised almost half a million dollars.
Of course if most of the contributors are ok with your (and whose ?) decision, I would respect this.
While it's good to put things in motion and take decisions, that would have been wiser IMO to at least ask if everyone implied agrees with this.
I respect your and @knobgoblin's implication in this, but I had to share my feelings, in all positive spirit, be assured of this.
I would appreciate everyone to share his own feelings on this, give suggestions etc. so that we can move on this subject.