Why do we need a National Compassion Fund?

The National Center for Victims of Crime was approached by victims of past mass casualty crimes to partner with them to establish a “National Compassion Fund” to support victims of future mass casualty crimes.

Having a single, trusted fund spares victims the burden of negotiating with a wide range of ad hoc funds and charities while they are trying to recover and rebuild their lives.

The Fund also 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.

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. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and an authority on how victims are compensated for loss. In addition, our National Crime Victim Bar Association, whose members represent crime victims seeking justice in civil court, has unique expertise on how victims’ economic and non-economic damages can be compensated.

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the National Center launched Critical Choices, a series of 27 forums to help victims and their families navigate the choices presented to them by the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The National Center wrote a manual for and directly trained thousands of attorneys who volunteered to represent victims pro bono before the fund.

Victims of criminal mass casualties need financial assistance and support from experts in serving victims of crime. The National Center for Victims of Crime stands ready to meet that need.