The February 14th attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was an atrocity that has devastated our community and shaken our entire nation. The Marjory Stonemand Douglas High School Victims’ Fund is a fund for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. People from all walks of life chose to honor the memory of those who were killed, and the indomitable spirit of those who survived, by contributing money for the benefit of the victims. We, the Steering Committee for this Fund, have a solemn obligation to honor the intent of donors to help the victims by administering these funds in a way that is fair, transparent, victim-centered, and trauma-informed.
To that end we have published a DRAFT Protocol, offered as a proposal to govern eligibility for benefits and the distribution of gifts. We are grateful to have the guidance of the National Compassion Fund, and the benefit of its experience in administering similar funds in the aftermath of other mass casualty crimes but, ultimately, we want to hear from you—the students, teachers, parents, and members of the community at large. We want your constructive feedback on these Draft Protocols. With a community as large and diverse as ours, we have no illusion that we can issue a protocol that will satisfy everyone. However, we can promise that we will thoughtfully consider all feedback and suggestions derived from the public comment process with the driving intent of arriving at a protocol that will provide the greatest amount of help possible to the largest number of people.
Therefore, two public meetings will be conducted by the Fund Administrators on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Rick Case Arena on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to explain the contents of the draft Protocol and the claim submission process, and to invite input and comments from potential claimants and the general public. Information collected from these group meetings, various communications, and correspondence between the claimants, other interested parties, and the Fund Administrators will be considered in finalizing the Final Protocol. Once finalized, the Final Protocol and application information will be disseminated to all known and registered victims, and made available on the NationalCompassionFund.org website beginning on May 1, 2018.
Directions to Drop Off for the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center:
From I-95, north or south, or Florida’s Turnpike, north or south, take I-595 exit, westbound. Proceed on I-595 to University Drive; turn left and proceed southbound on University Drive to SW 30th Street; turn left onto SW 30th Street and proceed to College Ave. Turn Right on College Ave. Make your second right onto campus (Mary McCahill Dr.). Proceed to the traffic circle and drop off in front of the building.