FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2017
Contact: Tara Ballesteros – email@example.com – 202-467-8743
National Compassion Fund opens with 100% of all donations distributed directly to victims of the shooting.
Washington, DC. – The National Center for Victims of Crime opened the National Compassion Fund Fort Lauderdale to provide financial assistance to the victims of the horrific event in the baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, January 6. Representatives of the Fund have reached out to the city to offer assistance and to coordinate charitable contributions.
The National Compassion Fund was established by the National Center for Victims of Crime as a safe and transparent way to give to victims directly and is the only straight-to-victim fund of its kind in the country.
The National Compassion Fund will promote transparency, help prevent fraud, and ensure the fair and equitable distribution of funds to the victims. The Fund recently helped distribute almost $30 million directly to more than 300 victims of the Pulse attack in Orlando.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and an authority on how victims are compensated for loss, will assist this effort and also accept donations through the National Compassion Fund. There are several ways to donate to the Fund:
- Online at NationalCompassionFund.org
- By mail. Please make checks payable to the National Compassion Fund Fort Lauderdale and send to:
National Center for Victims of Crime
ATTN: National Compassion Fund Fort Lauderdale
2000 M Street, NW, Suite 480
Washington, DC 20036
The National Compassion Fund was founded along with parents and family members from some of the worst mass casualty events in U.S. history – September 11th , Columbine, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, Aurora, Oak Creek Sikh Temple and Newtown. Unlike other charitable funds, 100% of donations are distributed directly to the established victim base of these terrible atrocities. The Fund preserves the intent of donors who want to know that their gift is going directly to those harmed and will not be used for other purposes.
The National Compassion Fund is overseen and administered by the National Center for Victims of Crime and is advised by a specially constituted Expert Panel, with experience in mass crime victim compensation and the needs of crime victims. The panel also includes victim representatives from past mass casualty crimes to ensure that the voice of the victims are heard and integral to the distribution process. Expert panelists serve in a volunteer capacity. The Fund is completely transparent and will inform the public of its deliberations in the distribution of funds.
The National Compassion Fund is designed, first and foremost, to serve victims. The goal is to help victims recover and rebuild their lives after a horrific crime. The National Center has the experience to help victims navigate this process, and to treat victims with the respect and dignity they deserve. Since launching the National Compassion Fund, parents, family members and survivors from Tucson, Roseburg (Umpqua Community College), Alturas, Santa Barbara (Isla Vista), San Bernardino and Orlando have endorsed the Fund.
Victims or family members who have questions about the Fund and/or resources available to victims of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting should call the VictimConnect Resource Center toll-free at 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846) between the hours of 9am and 7pm eastern time or visit www.victimconnect.org.
For 30 years the National Center for Victims of Crime has been the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. The National Center for Victims of Crime is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and an authority on how victims are compensated for loss.