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National Compassion Fund Set To Help Victims of Aurora Theater Shooting Directly; Donor Intent Fulfilled

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April 24, 2015
Contact: Tara Ballesteros  tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743

WASHINGTON, DCThe National Center for Victims of Crime has opened the National Compassion Fund/Aurora for the many victims of the Aurora Theater shooting in advance of the Aurora Theater shooting trial in Colorado that begins. Monday, April 27th

Founded by the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington D.C. along with 70 parents/family members of murdered children from some of the worst massacres in U.S. history – 9/11, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, Aurora, Oak Creek Sikh Temple and Newtown – the National Compassion Fund was established as a safe and transparent way to give to victims directly.

Unlike other charitable funds, 100% of donations are distributed directly to the established victim base of these terrible tragedies. All administration fees were raised separately for the National Compassion Fund/Aurora. 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.

In this case, donations for the National Compassion Fund/Aurora will go directly to all those in Theater 9 and those injured in Theater 8 as designated by the already established victim base for the trial. 

Those wishing to donate may do so via the National Center’s website NationalCompassionFund.org  or via a mobile application by texting SURVIVOR to 84465. The donation is tax-exempt for the donor and the recipient.

“We are so thankful to the National Center. It’s going to be a grueling and traumatic court case for all of the victims of this heinous massacre,” said Anita Busch whose 23-year old cousin Micayla Medek was killed in the theater. “After a mass casualty crime, the media comes and then goes but the human cost is continuous and immeasurable. Those affected by this horrific tragedy, who are still struggling after almost three years, now face additional trauma having to re-live this nightmare through a five-to-six month trial. Donations directly to the victims will help a myriad of ongoing personal, mental and physical issues stemming from this massacre.”

“We have worked for 30 years helping victims of crime directly, and we are very happy to provide the National Compassion Fund/Aurora as a safe and transparent way for all who wish help the victims of the Aurora Theater shooting directly,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

The National Compassion Fund is overseen and administered by the National Center on the advice of 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.

The Panel is comprised of:

Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime

Jeffrey R. Dion, Deputy Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, and Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association

Kenneth R. Feinberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rozen LLP and world-renown victim compensation specialist

Mary Vail Ware, Director of Community Outreach with the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and former Director, Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Brad Garrett, Former FBI Agent and Principal of security consultancy International Investigations, Inc.

Victim representatives from past mass casualty crimes, Amardeep Kaleka, and Anita Busch, appointed by the National Center Executive Director.

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 pilot program for the National Compassion Fund was put in place for the second mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas. On April 2, the military base was hit by its second mass casualty shooting in five years. Three people, plus the shooter, died and 16 people sustained injuries.

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.

The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.