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Supporting Orlando - Ways to help

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June 14th, 2016
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On April 15, 2013, Boston - and the world - was rocked by an act of terrorism that seemed unfathomable. The Boston Marathon bombing changed our city forever. In the immediate aftermath, colleagues in the philanthropic sector looked for ways to support those directly affected by this horrific act, and three days later Associated Grant Makers hosted a webinar to share information about The One Fund Boston established Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino to support the victims and families. We had participants from all over the country turn their attention to Boston and extend support.

Sadly, this week, the terrorist attack in Orlando at an LGBTQ club on Latin night has rocked the world again taking the lives of 49 innocent victims and injuring over 50 others. We at AGM join so many others who have expressed great sorrow, and we extend our deepest sympathies to our colleagues in Florida.
Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN), Associated Grant Makers' sister organization in Florida, has shared information about how the philanthropic community can extend support in their time of need. Below I share with you a compilation of resources provided by FPN President Stacy Carlson.

I was truly heartened by the way our community pulled together in the aftermath of that terrible April day in Boston, but what really astounded me was the level of support extended from all over the world. As Florida nonprofits and philanthropic organizations address the short-term and long-term needs of the community, there are many ways to help much like we were aided in our time of need.


 Jeff Poulos
 Executive Director, Associated Grant Makers


Originally posted June 14, 2016
Updated June 17, 2016

From Florida Philanthropic Network:

Central Florida Foundation  http://cffound.org. Announced on June 17, 2016, the Better Together Fund, which provides a way to respond to the needs of their community now and in the time ahead. This effort will take place through a transparent, accountable grant-making process addressing the following priorities:
  • Nonprofits that are supporting the victims and families
  • The LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities
  • Underlying causes of this tragic event (not related to policy or advocacy)
  • Other needs we cannot anticipate until we face them

Read More at ccfound.org

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the formation of the OneOrlando Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of thecommunity, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse tragedy.

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. To make a tax-deductible donation through Our Fund, visit https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/OurFund/Orlando.html 

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the activation of the  Florida Disaster Fund following yesterday's terror attack in Orlando. The Florida Disaster Fund will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org.

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 www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund. The state's LGBT civil rights organization is working with a team of attorneys and national experts to ensure the funds are distributed correctly.
For information on blood donations, counseling services and vigils throughout Florida, visit www.eqfl.org/news/pulse.

The  City of Orlando is also coordinating volunteers and donations for those located in Central Florida. You can fill out an online form, and someone will contact you regarding services and donation needs.

As more information emerges, you can follow these Twitter accounts for ways to help:
Florida Philanthropic Network @flphilanthropy
Central Florida Foundation @cffound
Equality Florida @EqualityFL
Heart of Florida United Way @hfuw
City of Orlando @citybeautiful

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