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US July eyed for distribution of Parkland shooting donations

05:15  16 march  2018
05:15  16 march  2018 Source:   msn.com

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On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Florida, killing seventeen students and staff members and injuring seventeen others.

Federal Election Commission reports show donations to the NRA's Political Victory Fund tripled, to more than 9,000, from January to February.

a group of people standing in front of a flower: The memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 25, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. © David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS The memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 25, 2018, in Parkland, Fla.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla._Millions of dollars raised by the Broward Education Foundation for victims and families of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland will likely be distributed in July, foundation representatives said Thursday.

During a news conference in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the foundation named 18 members of a steering committee that will meet to establish a formula for how the money will be distributed and who will qualify to receive it.

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Parkland , in north Broward County, is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. The shooting on the sprawling campus happened despite the presence of police officers at the school. Runcie, the school superintendent, said at least two police cars were typically on campus "on a daily basis."

The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending, tracked donations of 0 or more by individuals in the days before and after the Parkland shooting . In the two weeks following the attack on 14 February, such donations to the NRA doubled from the previous two weeks.

The foundation's campaign, formed hours after the Feb. 14 tragedy, has raised $4.06 million from more than 34,000 donors who gave through the crowdfunding web site GoFundMe as well as directly to the foundation.

The steering committee is composed of well-known area civic and business leaders, headed by former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, now chairman of the board at Gunster Law Firm. Other members include former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth; tennis star Venus Williams; Tom Garfinkel, CEO of the Miami Dolphins; Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation; and Rita Case, wife of automobile dealer Rick Case, identified by the foundation as a community advocate and philanthropist.

LeMieux pledged that the committee would continue to "raise as much money as possible" until the fundraising period is closed at the end of June. The committee will also make sure 100 percent of the money will go to the victims and their families, that it's distributed fairly, and that the process to determine how it will be distributed would transparent and open to public input, he said.

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The donations increased as liberal activists, politicians, and celebrities have called for more gun control measures and singled out the NRA and Republican politicians who have received support from the group 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Fla., that left 17 dead.

14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In the two weeks before the shooting — Jan. 31 to Feb. 13 — NRA’s PAC received Two weeks after the shooting , the PAC raised ,870 from 226 donations , according to the NRA’s most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission.

The committee plans to begin discussing how to develop the distribution formula in a public town hall meeting at the beginning of April, he said.

Answering questions after the news conference, education foundation chair Christina Fischer said one reason the steering committee is so large is that members are expected to help raise additional money. She declined to identify a fundraising goal. On a GoFundMe campaign organized to raise expenses for the planned March for our Lives gun control demonstration in Washington D.C. on March 24, Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky said half of the money raised would be given to the Broward Education Foundation's fund. That campaign has so far raised $3.3 million from more than 40,800 donors.

Fischer reaffirmed the foundation's intent to work closely throughout the fund distribution process with the National Center for Victims of Crime, which operates the National Compassion Fund.

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Since the Parkland shooting happened in the middle of the month, one could argue the relationship between it and the spike in donations is hard to prove. They also found the number of people contributing in the seven days after the shooting increased almost 500% from the week before.

Since the Parkland shooting happened in the middle of the month, one could argue the However, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending, tracked itemized contributions ( donations of 0 or more by an individual) in the days before and after the shooting .

In an interview last week, National Compassion Fund Director Jeff Dion shared formulas the fund helped develop for steering committees after the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando and the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival last December.

Advisory committee to help distribute official GoFundMe shooting donations

Survivors of dead victims received the largest amounts, followed by victims who suffered injuries. Injured victims were compensated based on the number of days they were hospitalized.

The Pulse steering committee decided to also distribute money to 182 patrons who escaped the Pulse without physical injuries while the Las Vegas steering committee chose not to distribute funds to hundreds of concertgoers who were not physically injured.

After the news conference, Fischer said the foundation does not intend to require victims to prove specific needs to receive funds. "It's an unrestricted gift to victims to do whatever they want to do with it."

Donations outside of the GoFundMe site include gifts from dozens of individuals and companies and were recently reported as "offline donations" on the campaign's fundraising page.

They include: Ultimate Software ($500,000), Kabbage, Inc. ($100,000), American Airlines ($100,000), AT&T ($50,000), Merck & Co., Inc. Office of Corporate Responsibility ($50,000), COmmunities Foundation of Texas ($25,000), Discovery Education ($25,000), Chili's/Brinker International ($23,810), Whole Foods Market ($23,160), Duffy's Foundation ($18,000), Thomas E. Rogers Jr. Foundation, Inc. ($17,000), South Florida Muslim Foundation ($15,668), Coral Springs Charter School ($15,446), The JCPenney Foundation ($15,000), The SAP Charitable Fund ($15,000), Runner's Depot Inc. ($12,000), Brightstar Credit Union ($10,000), Weston Nissan Volvo ($10,000), The Roush Family Fund ($10,000), Florida Blue ($10,000), Mercantil Bank ($10,000), Hecht 2008 Grantor Charitable Lead Annuity Trust ($10,000).

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Millie Bobby Brown Honors Parkland Victims at Kids' Choice Awards .
Brown, who won favorite TV actress for her role as Eleven on 'Stranger Things,' wore a custom denim outfit with the words "Never Again" on the front and "March for Our Lives" and the names of the Parkland shooting victims on the back. 17 people died when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14."Thank you so much for this award, and to Nickelodeon for bringing us all together. As we saw a moment ago, the March for Our Lives demonstrations that took place all over the world today have inspired me and impacted us all in one way or another," Brown said upon accepting her award.

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