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The El Paso Victims Relief Fund was established to accept monetary donations to support victims and their families affected by the tragedy of Saturday, August 3, 2019. We appreciate your generosity in this moment of profound tragedy and sadness.  We are committed to ensuring that 100% of the donations made to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund directly support victims and their families.

Donations to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund will be accepted through November 25, 2019.  After that date, we encourage interested donors to support the Education Funds that have been established by CommUnity en Accion. Click here to Donate.

Please see below for more information on the process initiated for the distribution of funds to victims and families.

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Non-Cash

Tangible personal property. Examples may be real estate, oil, gas, or mineral interests.

Planned Gifts

Bequests, appreciated securities, life insurance, retirement plans, and charitable remainder trusts, and more.

 

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation (PDNCF) and El Paso Community Foundation (EPCF) have announced a partnership to create One Fund El Paso, a non-profit agency, in August 2019 dedicated to developing and implementing a fund distribution plan for donations intended to support victims and survivors of those directly impacted in the August 3rd mass shooting at the El Paso Walmart.  

Led by former Executive Director of the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, Stephanie Karr, One Fund El Paso has contracted with the National Compassion Fund (NCF) and established a task force to set policies and oversee the distribution of funds in the most fair and transparent manner. Task Force members were selected to represent government, law, healthcare and non-profit industries to ensure a diverse and comprehensive skillset to oversee the distribution.  NCF has been instrumental in the logistics of fund distribution associated with mass casualty incidents, including donations for victims and survivors of the September 11th terrorist attacks, as well as the shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Santa Fe High School, and Las Vegas. Utilizing best practices learned from these past events, the involvement of NCF will assure that the donations received by EPCF and PDNCF are appropriately and equitably distributed. The administrative costs associated with the operation of One Fund El Paso and NCF are being covered entirely by EPCF and PDNCF so that victims and survivors receive 100% of donations.

The One Fund El Paso board consists of nine members including a representative from the City of El Paso, Paso del Norte Community Foundation and El Paso Community Foundation.

  • Nicole Ferrini, Chair
  • Tracy Yellen, Vice-Chair
  • Eric Pearson, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Sharon Butterworth
  • Hector Retta
  • Tripper Goodman
  • Joe Alcantar
  • Manny Pacillas
  • Betsy Keller

The One Fund El Paso Task Force consists of the following community members:

  • Ruben Vogt, former El Paso County Judge (Task Force Chair)
  • Nicole Ferrini, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of El Paso
  • Betsy Keller, El Paso County Chief Administrator
  • Patricia Bylicki, Victim Advocate, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
  • Yvonne Whitaker, Supervisor, District Attorney’s Victim Services
  • Omar Villa, Assistant El Paso County Attorney/Chief Legal Officer, University Medical Center of El Paso
  • Beto Mesta, Managing Attorney, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc., El Paso office
  • Ricardo Hernandez Lecanda, Deputy Consul General, Mexican Consulate
  • Rene Hurtado, Chief of Staff, Emergence Health Network
  • Stancy Stribling, PLLC, estate planning/probate/elder law attorney
  • Idahli Huizar-Mendoza, Director of Therapy Services, Center Against Sexual and Family Violence
  • Deborah Zuloaga, CEO, United Way of El Paso County
  • Eric Pearson, CEO, El Paso Community Foundation
  • Tracy Yellen, CEO, Paso del Norte Community Foundation

One Fund El Paso convened a town hall on September 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm at Bonham Elementary School to discuss the process and obtain input from members of the community. The protocols for victims and families and applications to apply were posted on the NCF website at: http://www.nationalcompassionfund.org.  

To date, ~$10 million has been raised and donations will continue to be accepted for the fund through November 25, 2019. After that date, we encourage interested donors to support the Education Funds that have been established by CommUnity en Accion. Click here to Donate.

Through the first week of November 2019, One Fund El Paso has distributed $7,000 in gift cards, money orders and/or Zelle payments to each of the 48 victims or survivors in recognition of their needs as the entities work to distribute the larger donations before the end of the year.

For more information on the distribution process,  please contact:

Stephanie Karr, One Fund El Paso Coordinator

karrelpaso@gmail.com

915-408-7206


Dan Levey

Senior Lead, Mass Violence Response

National Compassion Fund

Dan@nationalcompassionfund.org

602-509-8672

TIMELINE

August 3, 2019 – Shooting Occurs

  • August 13, 2019 - Finalize agreement with NCF
  • August 14, 2019 - Announce partnership with NCF and Chair of Task Force, Launch contact form
  • August 21, 2019 – Announce Task Force Membership
  • August 23, 2019 – First meeting of Task Force, approve draft protocols, send for translation
  • August 28, 2019 – Get Draft Protocols back from Translation
  • August 29, 2019 – Publish Draft Protocols, Public Comment Period begins
  • September 26, 2019 – Town Hall Meeting & Public Comment Period Ends
  • September 27, 2019 – Task Force meets to approve Final Protocols.
  • October 1, 2019 – Get Protocols back from translator
  • October 10, 2019 – Final Protocols published. These documents will be made available on the Fund website for families and all interested parties.
  • October 10, 2019 – Application Portal Opens. Application instructions will be disseminated to all known applicants and potential applicants who registered through the Fund website.
  • October 10 – November 8, 2019 – Applications completed and submitted to the Fund Administrators along with the required documentation.
  • November 8, 2019 – Deadline for submission of Application for Benefits
  • October 5 - November 5, 2019 – All personal meetings requested with the Fund Administrators completed.
  • November 5—December 5, 2019: All Applications reviewed by the Fund Administrators and recommendations for payments to eligible applicants submitted to the Task Force for independent review and approval.
  • November 25, 2019 – Deadline for contributions
  • December 11, 2019 Distribution Plan Approval
  • December 16, 2019: Payment Distribution to approved eligible beneficiaries begins on a rolling basis.
  • After January 31, 2020: Independent Audit begins.

 

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