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202.467.8743 (office)
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202.467.8751
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Stand with Chattanooga

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2015

                                   

CONTACTS:

City of Chattanooga: Marissa Bell (865) 765-9652

Community Foundation: Pete Cooper (423) 256-0586

National Center for Victims of Crime:  Tara Ballesteros 202-467-8743 or tballesteros@ncvc.org

National Compassion Fund opened to support victims of yesterday’s shooting with 100% of all donations distributed directly to victims

CHATTANOOGA, TN – The National Center for Victims of Crime, at the behest of the City of Chattanooga, has opened the National Compassion Fund Chattanooga to support victims of yesterday’s horrific events.  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.  In addition, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc. has established the 7-16 Freedom Fund to cover college scholarships and educational expenses for spouses and children of the affected families.

There are several ways to donate to the National Compassion Fund:

  • - Online at NationalCompassionFund.org
  • - Text HOPE to 84465 to donate $10 via text message
  • - By mail.The National Center has partnered with Eagle Bank to accept secure donations.Please make checks payable to theNational Compassion Fund Chattanooga and send to:

National Center for Victims of Crime
PO Box 360681
Pittsburgh, PA 15251-6681


Contributions to Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga’s 7-16 Freedom Fund can be made to 1270 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37402. Please write “7-16 Freedom Fund” on the memo line of the check. Currently, donations cannot be accepted online, but an online donation page will be available by July 24, 2015.


“Our hearts go out to the people of Chattanooga and all those affected by yesterday’s shooting.  The National Compassion Fund will work closely with the City of Chattanooga as well as the United States Armed Forces to help meet the overwhelming, unmet needs of the victims,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. 

“We have seen a tremendous amount of support for the families of our fallen heroes, and we are grateful to the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for coming together to coordinate the support for the victims and their families. I encourage all Chattanoogans to do what they can to help,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. 

“Chattanooga has been rocked by the senseless killing of four Marines, and the lives of countless individuals and families were changed,” said Pete Cooper, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. “The citizens in the area were shocked and moved to an outpouring of support for those involved, especially for the long term support of the families of four Marines who gave their lives in this incident.”

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 percent of donations are distributed directly to the victims. 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 victims of crimes. The panel also includes victim representatives from past mass casualty crimes to ensure that the voices of the victims are heard. They are integral to the distribution process.

 

Panel Members:

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 of Feinberg Rozen LLP and world-renowned 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 of the 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 and was also activated during the trial of the Aurora Theater shooting.

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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.