Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund
Update 3/15 - The Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund Steering Committee was announced this afternoon. Led by former U.S. Senator George LeMieux, this group of volunteer community, business and civic leaders will work closely with the National Center for Victims of Crime to establish protocols, timelines and procedures for distributing funds. The complete list of steering committee members can be found at www.stonemandouglasvictimsfund.org.
This is a very sensitive, complex and thoughtful process and one that the committee takes very seriously. The committee will create a draft protocol for distribution of funds and will host Town Hall meetings for public input. The goal is to help the victims’ families, survivors and those impacted by this horrific atrocity as much as possible, and as quickly, fairly and efficiently as possible.
In situations involving mass violence, the needs are great, so we will continue to accept donations for through June 30 with distributions taking place in July.
Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of our donors. While nothing can erase the memory of that day, nor the loss of a loved one, your compassion, generosity and support is a testament to the inherent goodness in our society.
If you or a loved one were affected by the event on February 14, 2018 and have questions about disbursements from Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund, please fill out this contact form on the National Center for Victim's of Crime website here: https:// nationalcompassionfund.org/ funds/parkland-contact/
Original 2/15 - Broward County Public Schools district is dealing with the unimaginable tragedy that unfolded on February 14th at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. There are no words to express the sorrow that we are all feeling.
Donations raised here will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting.
Together with Superintendent Robert Runcie, the School Board of Broward County, Broward County Mayor Beam Furr and Commissioners, Broward Legislative Delegation and Broward County Public Schools family, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the entire Marjory Stoneman Douglas community.
In response to the mass shooting, the Foundation, the National Center, and GoFundMe are collaborating to serve victims by maximizing resources and ensuring a victim-centered, transparent distribution process. Broward Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit direct support organization solely dedicated to raising funds for Broward County Public Schools, will serve as the central repository for the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund and will organize a local steering committee responsible for setting the fund’s distribution policy. The National Center for Victims of Crime, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a leading authority on how victims are compensated for loss, will advise the committee, assist with ongoing fundraising efforts, administer victim application and vetting processes, and coordinate the distribution of proceeds from the Foundation’s official GoFundMe campaign, other fundraisers, and third-party donation sources. GoFundMe will advise the Foundation and support both ongoing fundraising and distribution of proceeds to victims and their families.
In consultation with the National Center, the Foundation will form the steering committee that includes local leaders, and victim representatives to ensure that the voices of the victims are heard, as they are integral to the distribution process. Experts with experience in mass crime victim compensation and the needs of crime victims will also be asked to serve in a volunteer capacity. The fund and committee are completely transparent, and the committee will inform the public of its deliberations in the distribution of funds.
There are no platform fees for using GoFundMe, so 100% of the funds collected after payment processing charges will go directly to the victims and families. GoFundMe has also donated $50,000 to the Fund to cover the committee’s and the National Center’s operating costs associated with developing and implementing the distribution plan so that 100% of the donations can be distributed directly to the victims and their families.
Thank you for your support.
We will stop accepting donations on this GoFundMe on Saturday, June 30 at 11:59PM EST. Distribution of funds, as directed by the volunteer Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund Steering Committee, will commence in July. To view the Committee's Final Protocol for fund distribution, please visit
This GoFundMe page will remain open so we can update you on our progress.
Many thanks, once again.
Broward Education Foundation, the 501(c)3 that solely supports Broward County Public Schools, today announced the members of the steering committee, to be led by former U.S. Senator George LeMieux, that will be responsible for setting the distribution policy for funds collected through the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
During a press conference, LeMieux, chairman of the board of Gunster Law Firm, announced the list of community, business and civic leaders who will volunteer their time on the steering committee. The list of steering committee members can be found at
“The steering committee will work closely with the National Center for Victims of Crime to establish a series of protocols and timelines for distributing the funds and we will then take public comment during a town hall,” said LeMieux. “We take this responsibility very seriously and are committed to doing what is right for all involved.”
The National Center for Victims of Crime has assisted victims of many recent tragedies, including Aurora, Charlottesville, Orlando and Las Vegas.
“Unfortunately, this is not the first time a steering committee has had to be established to distribute funds in the wake of a horrific tragedy, but this committee is important so that we can ensure that 100% of the funds go to the victims in a fair manner” said Christina Fischer, Broward Education Foundation Board Chair. “We are very fortunate to have George as the chair and to have dedicated steering committee members who are volunteering their time, resources and expertise. Our goal is to help the victims and families as much as possible and as quickly, efficiently and fairly as possible.”
Donations will be accepted through June 30 with distributions taking place in July.
Corporate or personal check donations designated in the memo line for the “Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund” can be sent directly to Broward Education Foundation, 600 SE 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
“I have personally met with many of the families and loved ones affected by this tragedy,” said Shea Ciriago, executive director of Broward Education Foundation. “We can’t change what has happened. I wish we could. What we can do is continue to diligently fundraise for the victims and their families. I want to personally thank George and all of the steering committee members for stepping forward during this very difficult time.”
To highlight what a tremendous group effort this has been so far, almost 35,000 donations received from individuals are joined by substantial contributions from big organizations like Ultimate Software and its employees, Kabbage, Inc., American Airlines, AT&T, and Merck. With your help, and to date, we have raised over $4,000,000. It's truly incredible to see what we're capable of when we join together in common goal.