Update 6/30 - Broward Education Foundation's official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund has stopped accepting donations to this GoFundMe as of Saturday, June 30 at 11:59PM EST. As we've mentioned before, this GoFundMe will remain open so we can update you on our progress and as a record of what thousands and thousands of caring people accomplished together in support of the victims' families, survivors and those impacted by the tragedy. Distribution of funds, as directed by the volunteer Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund Steering Committee, will commence in July. To view the Committee's Final Protocol for fund distribution, please visit http://stonemandouglasvictimsfund.org
From our hearts to yours, thank you.
Update 3/15 - The Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund Steering Committee was announced this afternoon. Led by former U.S. Senator George LeMieux, this group of volunteer community, business and civic leaders will work closely with the National Center for Victims of Crime to establish protocols, timelines and procedures for distributing funds. The complete list of steering committee members can be found at www.stonemandouglasvictimsfund.org
This is a very sensitive, complex and thoughtful process and one that the committee takes very seriously. The committee will create a draft protocol for distribution of funds and will host Town Hall meetings for public input. The goal is to help the victims’ families, survivors and those impacted by this horrific atrocity as much as possible, and as quickly, fairly and efficiently as possible.
In situations involving mass violence, the needs are great, so we will continue to accept donations for through June 30 with distributions taking place in July.
Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of our donors. While nothing can erase the memory of that day, nor the loss of a loved one, your compassion, generosity and support is a testament to the inherent goodness in our society.
If you or a loved one were affected by the event on February 14, 2018 and have questions about disbursements from Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund, please fill out this contact form on the National Center for Victim's of Crime website here: https:// nationalcompassionfund.org/ funds/parkland-contact/
Original 2/15 - Broward County Public Schools district is dealing with the unimaginable tragedy that unfolded on February 14th at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. There are no words to express the sorrow that we are all feeling.
Donations raised here will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting.
Together with Superintendent Robert Runcie, the School Board of Broward County, Broward County Mayor Beam Furr and Commissioners, Broward Legislative Delegation and Broward County Public Schools family, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the entire Marjory Stoneman Douglas community.
In response to the mass shooting, the Foundation, the National Center, and GoFundMe are collaborating to serve victims by maximizing resources and ensuring a victim-centered, transparent distribution process. 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.
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.
There are no platform fees for using GoFundMe, so 100% of the funds collected after payment processing charges will go directly to the victims and 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.
Thank you for your support.