National Compassion Fund Opens to Support Victims of Las Vegas Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2017

100% of all donations collected are distributed directly to victims and their families.

CONTACTS:

GoFundMe: press@gofundme.com

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

Washington, DC – The National Center for Victims of Crime, in close collaboration with GoFundMe, and state and local officials, has opened the National Compassion Fund Las Vegas to support those injured and killed in the horrific attack at the Route 91 Harvest festival.  The National Compassion Fund was established by the National Center for Victims of Crime, with the guidance and support from families of mass shootings over the past eighteen years, as a safe and transparent way to give to victims directly.  It is the only straight-to-victim fund of its kind in the country.

In response to the mass shooting, the National Compassion Fund and GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, are collaborating to serve victims by maximizing resources and ensuring a victim-centered, transparent distribution process. With a community of more than 40 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives. The National Center for Victims of Crime, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and an authority on how victims are compensated for loss, will assist with the fundraising effort and coordinate the distribution of proceeds from other GoFundMe campaigns.

There are several ways to donate:

  • GoFundMe Direct Impact Fund: gofundme.com/HelpLasVegas
  • Online at NationalCompassionFund.org
  • By mail. Make checks payable to the  National Compassion Fund Las Vegas and send to:
    National Center for Victims of Crime
    ATTN: National Compassion Fund Las Vegas
    2000 M Street, NW, Suite 480
    Washington, DC 20036

The National Compassion Fund, together with Equality Florida’s GoFundMe campaign and the City of Orlando distributed over $32 million to victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. The Christina Grimmie Foundation, with a social media following of 3.5 million, also stands in support of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting along with more than 120 survivors of past mass events.

“We are devastated. Our hearts go out to all the victims, their families, and those injured in this atrocity. The National Compassion Fund is honored to join forces with GoFundMe to increase charitable giving and help meet the overwhelming needs of the victims,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

“From all of us here at GoFundMe, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the victims of this heinous attack, their families, and the Las Vegas community,” said Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe. “During this time of mourning and healing, we are proud to support the National Compassion Fund in providing direct and transparent help to victims of this shooting.”

If donors would like to make a tax-deductible donation towards GoFundMe campaigns for the victims of the horrific shooting, they can make a contribution to the Direct Impact Fund. It is an independent, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that selects campaigns and charities for the GoFundMe community to support. When a donor supports the Direct Impact Fund via www.gofundme.com/HelpLasVegas, the funds will be distributed to charities, including the National Compassion Fund, and verified GoFundMe campaigns created to help people directly affected by the shooting.

The National Compassion Fund was founded in collaboration 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.  Since then families from shootings in Tucson, Isla Vista (Santa Barbara), Alturas, CA, Roseburg, OR (Umpqua), San Bernardino and Orlando have also endorsed the Fund. 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.

“We trust the National Compassion Fund. We know first-hand how much victims/survivors will need the financial support. If you want every penny of your donation to go directly to the victims, this is the fund to fulfill that intent,” said Anita Busch, spokesperson for the families of past mass shootings.

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 voices of the victims are heard as they are 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. Victims or family members who have questions about the Fund and/or resources available should call our VictimConnect Resource Center toll-free at 855-4-VICTIM between the hours of 8:30am and 7:30pm eastern time. 

 

About the National Center for Victims of Crime

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.

About GoFundMe

Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $4 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 40 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.