Prayers to the Navy Yard Victims

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As families mourn, details emerge, people are evacuated and treated, let us send our prayers and love to the victims and their loved ones.

If you hear of a way local families can help, please leave a suggestion in the comments. I too will be researching ways we can assist.

Photo credits (clockwise): DCYardsstock.xchngBill Rand, Capitol Riverfront

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  1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jenny Towns 703-217-2538

    September 18, 2013 jtowns@cfncr.org

    COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF TWO NEW FUNDS IN RESPONSE TO NAVY YARD TRAGEDY

    Funds to support victims and their families and support nonprofit efforts to reduce gun violence and provide mental health services

    The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, which managed the $25 million Survivors’ Fund for victims of the September 11 attack on the Pentagon, announced today it is setting up two special community-wide funds in response to the Navy Yard shooting.

    For more information, including the Foundation’s 2008 report, “The Survivors Fund Process for Disaster Recovery: A Resource for Foundations and Other Partners,” documenting best practices in disaster recovery visit the Foundation’s Web site, http://www.thecommunityfoundation.org.

    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said, “I am grateful to The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region for helping the victims of Monday’s horrible attack. Just as they did in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, I am confident that they will once again harness the generosity of so many people around our city, region, and nation who have responded to this act of evil with an outpouring of compassion for the victims and their families.”

    In setting up the new funds, Community Foundation President Terri Lee Freeman said, “We believe that as a community, we have the power and responsibility to address both the immediacy of the impact of Monday’s tragedy, and make an effort to prevent anything like this from plaguing us in the future.”

    The Navy Yard Relief Fund will support the victims’ families and those injured in the attack.

    This fund will provide direct support where it is most urgently needed in the short-term to assist our neighbors as they heal. 100% of contributions to the fund will support the victims’ families and those injured.

    The Safer Communities Fund will address the long-term, systemic challenge of violence in our region. As a community foundation – and as residents of the region – we believe it is our duty to do all we can to help make our community a more healthy, safe, and stable place to live. Thus, the Safer Communities Fund will support nonprofit organizations that offer mental health services and reduce gun violence in our community.

    Visit http://www.thecommunityfoundation.org to access these funds.

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    About The Community Foundation

    The mission of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. The Foundation, and our two regional affiliate foundations – The Community Foundation for Montgomery County and The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County – are part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide, each a tax-exempt, public charity made up of charitable giving funds established by individuals, families, corporations and other organizations. We currently manage more than 700 donor funds with assets totaling more than $326 million. We are the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, with annual grants of more than $90 million.

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