Las Vegas Victims’ Fund Releases Final Protocol for Distribution of Funds to 1 October Victims

Contributions and Commitments to the Fund Now Exceed $22 Million

Protocol includes those treated on emergency or outpatient basis. The committee is coordinating with state and county officials to provide support and resources for those suffering psychological trauma.

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Victims’ Fund Committee today released the final protocol for the distribution of funds donated to benefit those most severely impacted by the 1 October tragedy. The committee of 17 community representatives reviewed more than 1,700 comments submitted by victims’ families, survivors, community members and others. Committee members also listened to individuals who participated in two town hall meetings.

In response to one of the most often-made comments, the final protocol was revised to include those who were physically injured and not hospitalized, but were treated at hospitals, emergency rooms or by a physician.  The final protocol also extended the date on which an injured person first sought treatment to October 10, 2017. In addition to amending the protocol, the Committee is also increasing efforts to coordinate resources so that those experiencing psychological trauma have access to mental health support.  Similar to previous mass-casualty event responses such as the Boston Marathon bombing and Pulse Nightclub shooting, the Committee is working with the State, Clark County and others who will engage trauma experts around the country to provide easily accessible assistance to all those affected whether they live in Las Vegas or not.

Las Vegas Victims’ Fund Committee Chairman Scott Nielson thanked all those who submitted comments and suggestions during the protocol drafting process. “We appreciate all of the individuals who shared their heartbreaking stories with us over the past couple of weeks,” Nielson said.  “The Committee heard from many different voices and considered those comments as we were drafting the final protocol on how best to distribute these funds.”

Nielson continued, “It is our desire to recognize and honor all of those whose lives have been forever altered as a result of the horrific events of 1 October and we recognize the incredible needs of those experiencing psychological trauma. The overwhelming number of victims prevents us from providing individual monetary payments to those suffering psychological trauma, though we are committed to identifying mental health services to assist this critical segment of the survivor population.”

The LVVF, which currently stands at more than $22 million, includes money raised through the GoFundMe account created by Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, and funds contributed to the Direct Impact Fund, the National Compassion Fund and other accounts. Nielson said the Committee will continue to seek donations well into next year, but encouraged everyone to contribute prior to the end of January. The Las Vegas Victims’ Fund (“LVVF”) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions to the LVVF are tax deductible. Donations to the LVVF can be made by going to lasvegasvictimsfund.org/donate.

Victims who wish to file a claim to receive payment from the LVVF should go to the LVVF website lasvegasvictimsfund.org or the National Compassion Fund website nationalcompassionfund.org.  Additional information about the process can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document posted on both websites.

Victims of 1 October please note that the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund is separate from the Nevada Victims of Crime Program. Funds may be available through the Nevada Victims of Crime Program to help victims offset the financial burden of funeral, medical, mental health and other expenses related to the shooting. For more information about the Nevada Victims of Crime Program go to: http://voc.nv.gov/VOC/VOC_Home/. Contact information for state crime victim compensation and assistance is available at https://www.ovc.gov/map.html.

Together our community is #VegasStrong as we support those affected by 1 October.

MEDIA ONLY CONTACT:
For Las Vegas Victims’ Fund:
Howard Stutz – hstutzpr@cox.net (702) 526-1822

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About the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund Committee:
The Las Vegas Victims’ Fund (“LVVF”) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation which was created to oversee the consolidation and distribution of funds contributed in response to the shootings at the site of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1, 2017 (“1 October”). One hundred percent of the funds contributed to and distributed by the LVVF will go directly to the families of the decedents and the victims of 1 October. The LVVF is overseen by a committee consisting of 17 individuals representing the Las Vegas community. The committee includes representatives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County, major donors to the LVVF, UNLV, Catholic Charities, victims’ advocates, mental health professionals, lawyers, the resort industry and charitable organizations, among others. All officers, directors and committee members serve without compensation and all services necessary for the operation of the LVVF will be contributed free of charge. The committee is being assisted by The Feinberg Group and the National Center for Victims of Crime to adopt the protocol pursuant to which claims can made, prioritized, processed and funds distributed. The LVVF’s mission is to distribute the funds that have been, and will be, contributed to assist the victims of 1 October in a transparent, equitable and expeditious manner.

National Compassion Fund Receives $500,000 Donation from Lytton Rancheria for Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2017

CONTACTS:
National Center for Victims of Crime:  Tara Ballesteros 202-467-8743 or tballesteros@ncvc.org
Lytton Rancheria, Doug Elmets (916) 329-9180

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

Washington, DC – The National Center for Victims of Crime announced a $500,000 donation from the Lytton Rancheria Tribe, owner and operator of the San Pablo Lytton Casino in California, for victims of the mass casualty shooting in Las Vegas.

“We are extremely appreciative of the generous contribution from the Lytton Rancheria Tribe to the National Compassion Fund Las Vegas. This donation will support the needs of victims and their families throughout these dark times,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. “Moreover, their leadership in stepping forward and encouraging others to do the same sets an example for the country for how we can come together and support one another during this tragedy.”

The National Compassion Fund was established by the National Center for Victims of Crime, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and an authority on how victims are compensated for loss, 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.

“Our Tribe is devastated by the senseless, horrifying act of violence that occurred in Las Vegas this week,” said Lytton Tribal Chairperson Margie Mejia. “It is the Lytton Rancheria’s deepest hope that our donation will help to support the victims of this tragedy as they begin to recover and rebuild their lives. We are also hopeful that this donation will inspire others to contribute anything that they can to assist the National Compassion Fund, as 100% of all donations will be distributed directly to the victims and their families.”

The Lytton Rancheria of California and San Pablo Lytton Casino are committed to aiding programs whose efforts significantly impact those most in need. Over the last several years, the Tribe and casino contributed over $18.5 million to underserved communities throughout the nation.

To Donate to the National Compassion Fund:

  • Text Vegas to 20222 to give $10
  • Visit org
  • By mail. Please 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 promotes transparency, helps prevent fraud, and ensures the fair and equitable distribution of funds directly to victims. The Fund together with Equality Florida and the City of Orlando distributed over $32 million to more than 300 victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting.

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 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 the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Pomo Native Americans. The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians owns and operates San Pablo Lytton Casino. What began as a card room has expanded to a full-fledged casino with Class II Gaming Machines, Poker, Black Jack, Pai Gow and more.

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.