Help for Orlando

June 20, 2016 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

headshot of claudiaAll of us here at Philanthropy Ohio are horrified and heartbroken over the June 12 tragedy at Pulse in Orlando, when a gunman killed 49 people at the gay nightclub. In the intervening week, we’ve seen the nation come together in mourning and in efforts to help those traumatized by the killing of so many young people. Many regional associations, guided by information first compiled by our colleague organization, Florida Philanthropic Network, have distributed information on how individuals and philanthropic organizations can help the victims and their families during the days and weeks to come. And the country has responded: about $4 million has been collected by the OneOrlando Fund (as of June 17), including a $50,000 donation by Philanthropy Ohio member KeyBank.

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Some of the ways to help include:

Central Florida Foundation will be sharing updates on how you can help now and in the weeks and months to come.

Our Fund Foundation, a community foundation whose mission is to support South Florida’s LGBTQ agencies, is collecting tax-deductible donations. 100% of the tax-deductible funds raised through Our Fund will be donated to the nonprofits in Orlando supporting survivors and victims’ families and friends and their efforts to restore peace, joy and wellness to Orlando’s LGBTQ community.

Governor Rick Scott announced the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund, which will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families and all those in need.

Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe page to support the victims and families affected by the shooting. You can donate to the Pulse Victims Fund online at gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund.

Funders for LGBTQ has additional resources for funders here.

nelson mandela fear quoteAt such a difficult time, as we struggle to deal with the loss of life, talking with our families, friends and co-workers about this horrific, hateful act, a colleague reminded me of Nelson Mandela’s famous words, that “courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” May we all demonstrate our courage every day.

Claudia Y.W. Herrold

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