In a recent press release, it was announced that The Broward Education Foundation, in close coordination with GoFundMe, and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) are collaborating to ensure “a victim-centered, transparent distribution process.”
The plan will develop and implement a fund distribution program to provide direct financial support to the families of those killed and injured in the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.
In the coming weeks, additional details will be provided about the distribution plan. The committee will receive public input and will keep the community updated about how the funds will be delivered.
In consultation with the National Center, the Foundation will form the steering committee that includes local leaders and victim representatives to ensure that the voices of the victims are heard, as they are integral to the distribution process.
Experts with experience in mass crime victim compensation and the needs of crime victims will also be asked to serve in a volunteer capacity. The fund and committee are completely transparent, and the committee will inform the public of its deliberations in the distribution of funds.
Broward Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit direct support organization solely dedicated to raising funds for Broward County Public Schools, will serve as the central repository for the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund and will organize a local steering committee responsible for setting the fund’s distribution policy.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a leading authority on how victims are compensated for loss, will advise the committee, assist with ongoing fundraising efforts, administer victim application and vetting processes, and coordinate the distribution of proceeds from the Foundation’s official GoFundMe campaign, other fundraisers, and third-party donation sources.
GoFundMe will advise the Foundation and support both ongoing fundraising and distribution of proceeds to victims and their families. GoFundMe has also donated $50,000 to the Fund to cover the committee’s and the National Center’s operating costs associated with developing and implementing the distribution plan so that 100% of the donations can be distributed directly to the victims and their families.
To make a contribution, you can donate here